February 21 –March 8

The Firebird – The Rite of Spring

Ballet + Stravinsky = perfection


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A showdown between the Norwegian National Ballet and the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra featuring some of the best music ever written for dance: Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird and The Rite of Spring. Add two strong choreographers with their own signature style, and you have a unique evening of dance. Enjoy the world premiere of Ina Christel Johannessen's The Rite of Spring and a revival of Liam Scarlett's successful The Firebird.

Game of Thrones en pointe

“Briton Liam Scarlett gives The Firebird a Game of Thrones makeover, constructing a nightmarish fantasy with designer Jon Bausor,” wrote the Financial Times after the premiere in 2013. Ballet Director Ingrid Lorentzen challenged choreographers to create new interpretations of Michel Fokine's iconic ballets. Liam Scarlett responded by transporting the ballet to the fantasy genre with his lavish, dark Firebird. Scarlett tackles the narrative in a classical language that demands technical perfection.

Leaving the audience speechless

Like Scarlett, Ina Christel Johannessen is an internationally renowned, award-winning choreographer.
Last time she created a piece for the Norwegian National Ballet, she filled the stage with three tonnes of earth in Desolating Persephone. The result was brutal, perturbing and fascinating, leaving the audience speechless. The same team is now tackling The Rite of Spring.

Violent premiere

Stravinsky created The Rite of Spring for Vaslav Nijinsky's choreography about a young woman doomed to dance until she dies. Rarely has a premiere engendered such controversy as this one in 1913. There were even scuffles among the audience. Today we know that Stravinsky changed the history of music, and his work is regarded as that of a genius. The sharp arrangements and suggestive rhythm are perfect for dance.

  • Free introduction one hour before the performance
  • Saturdance 16 February 2019 at 13:00 in the Opera Foyer

The Firebird
Choreographer Liam Scarlett
Music Igor Stravinsky
Set Designer and Costume Designer Jon Bausor
Lighting Designer James Farncombe

The Rite of Spring
Choreographer  Ina Christel Johannessen
Music Igor Stravinsky
Set Designer  Kristin Torp
Costume Designer Bregje van Balen
Lighting Designer Chrisander Brun

Conductor Andrew Litton
Artists Nasjonalballetten, Operaorkestret

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