Norwegian National Ballet in the Open Air

The Norwegian National Ballet in the Open Air (2020) was an outdoors ballet production by The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet. The programme consisted of excerpts from the Romantic ballets Giselle and Les Sylphides, and new works by Anäis Touret and Kaloyan Boyadjiev. The production was performed at Linderud Manor in Oslo, for a limited audience, due to the Corona pandemic of 2020.


(Objekt ID 102687)
Object type Production
Premiere August 22, 2020
Produced by The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
Based on Giselle by Marius Petipa, Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Leonid Lavrovskij, Adolphe Adam, Théophile Gautier; La Sylphide by August Bournonville, Herman Severin Løvenskiold
Audience Adults
Keywords Corona-production, Dance, Ballet
Running period August 22, 2020  

At the webpage of The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, the following, among other things, is written about The Norwegian National Ballet in the Open Air:

"Giselle and Les Sylphides are two of the most frequently performed romantic ballets. You will get to see the second act of Giselle, otherwise known as the White Act. The setting here is so beautiful that it almost takes your breath away, with rows of dancers dressed in white. These are the Wilis - spectres of virgins who dance young men to death.

One of them is Giselle. She tries to save her beloved Albrecht who, full of regret, has come to visit her grave. Giselle has been described as the ideal role for a ballerina, and it is now being danced by Melissa Hough, Maiko Nishino and Grete Sofie Borud Nybakken.

In the Scottish Highlands, James falls head over heels in love with a sylph, an air spirit, who he follows out into the forest. The extract that you will see is a beautiful dance full of soaring jetés. The sylph is showing off her world, while James tries to approach the winged being who continually slips out of his arms.

Classics and world premiere

You will also get the chance to see new dances by Anaïs Touret and Kaloyan Boyadjiev. Both are dancers and choreographers. In Touret's work, 12 men dance to Japanese drums that were originally used to put fear into the enemy in battle. In total contrast to the ethereal beauty of Giselle and Les Sylphides, here we have savagery and untamed forces at play.

In Boyadjiev's work, eight women dance to new music by the American-Russian composer Lera Auerbach."


The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet,, 22.07.2020,

Contributors (13)
Name Role
Anaïs Touret – Choreography (Nytt verk 2)
August Bournonville – Choreography (Sylfiden)
Kaloyan Boyadjiev – Choreography (Nytt verk 1)
Jean Coralli – Choreography (Giselle)
Jules Perrot – Choreography (Giselle)
Adolphe Adam – Composer (Giselle)
Lera Auerbach – Composer (Nytt verk 1)
Yoshinori Itagaki – Composer (Nytt verk 2)
Herman Severin Løvenskiold – Composer (Sylfiden)
Anaïs Touret – Costume (Nytt verk 2)
David Walker – Costume (Giselle)
Peter Ernst Lassen – Musical arrangement (Sylfiden)
Tomoe-Ryu Yutakadaiko – Musician (Nytt verk 2)
Performance dates
August 22, 2020Linderud gård Opening night