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She Was Black + A Sort Of ...

Mats Ek

en mann danser på et bord Fra Mats Eks Hun var svart / Photo: Gert Weigelt
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Running
6. June–​21. June
Scene
Main Stage
Duration
2 h / 1 Break

One of the greatest choreographers of our time

Experience two core works from a world-class choreographer with a unique Nordic expression when Mats Ek returns to the Norwegian National Ballet.

An explosion of emotions and colours 

It promises to be both dark and colourful, surrealistic and humorous, when the Norwegian National Ballet performs two ballets by Swedish choreographer Mats Ek. The programme features the Norwegian premiere of A Sort Of... and reunion with She was Black, described as “an expressive explosion of movement and feeling”. These are no ‘action ballets’, but Ek is a master storytelling and characters, stories and pictures all make an appearance on stage. 

Dance theatre that creates a stir 

There was a buzz when the Oslo Opera House reopened after the pandemic with a performance by Mats Ek. Two decades have passed since Norwegian audiences last had the opportunity to experience dance by this master choreographer. Fortunately, we do not have to wait as long this time to enjoy Ek’s high-precision and clean-cut dance language.  

Mats Ek confirms his position as one of our greatest living choreographers.

 — INGER MARIE KJØLSTADMYR, DAGSAVISEN 

Dream journey and God as a Black woman 

Is it some kind of journey or a dream? You decide! Ek describes A Sort Of... as a collage that builds a story.  

She Was Black shows the comical and intimate, yet dark situations that can arise in the field of tension between the private and the social. The starting point was an exchange of lines in a Swedish revue:  

“I dreamed about God last night.” 
“What did he look like?” 
“She was black!”  

An evening with music by Górecki 

Both ballets are danced to the music of Henryk Górecki, performed by the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra.  

Free introduction (in Norwegian) one hour before the performance

Artistic team and cast

  • Choreography
    Mats Ek
  • Music
    Henryk Górecki
  • Set design, Costume design, She was black
    Peder Freiij
  • Set design, Costume design, A sort of
    Maria Geber
  • Lighting design, She was black
    Erik Berglund
  • Original lighting design, She was black
    Ellen Ruge
  • Lighting design, A sort of
    Ellen Ruge
  • Musikalsk ledelse
    Jonathan Darlington
  • Participants
    The National Ballet, The Opera orchestra
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Price
100–800 kr
  • Thursday 6. June
    19:00 / Main Stage
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  • Saturday 8. June
    18:00 / Main Stage
  • Tuesday 11. June
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  • Wednesday 12. June
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  • Friday 14. June
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  • Saturday 15. June
    13:30 / Main Stage
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  • Friday 21. June
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Intermission refreshments

Order pre-show food and drinks or to enjoy during intermission. If you want to pre-order for intermission, we recommend ordering from the bar closest to your seat in the auditorium. The bars are open before the performance and during intermission. All advance orders are sorted alphabetically by the last name of the person placing the order. You are not permitted to bring any drinks into the auditorium.
Vinglass på en bardisk i Operaen Photo: Fursetgruppen