The Lady from the Sea – Waltz from La Sylphide – Courting – The Moon Reindeer

The Lady from the Sea – Waltz from La Sylphide – Courting – The Moon Reindeer (1961) was a ballet production by The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet. The production consisted of four ballets and was performed in the opera's facilities in Folketeaterbygningen (the Folketeateret building).

The program consisted of the following ballets:

The Lady from the Sea, choreographed by Birgit Cullberg, after the play by Henrik Ibsen, with music by Knudåge Riisager.

Waltz in C sharp minor from La Sylphide, choreography by August Bournonville, music by Herman S. Løvenskiold.

Courting, choreographed by Birgit Cullberg, with music by Gioacchino Rossini.

The Moon Reindeer, choreographed by Birgit Cullberg, with music by Knudåge Riisager.

Henny Mürer danced the role of Aili. She received the Norwegian Critics’ Award for dance 1962 for her interpretation of the role.

The Moon Reindeer visited Bergen International Festival 1962, with Ivo Cramér's ballet Catharsis.

The Moon Reindeer was also performed in Kiel, together with Counterpoint og The Miraculous Mandarin in 1964.


(Objekt ID 68578)
Object type Production
Premiere March 18, 1961
Produced by The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
Based on The Moon Reindeer by Birgit Cullberg, Knudåge Riisager; The Lady from the Sea by Henrik Ibsen; La Sylphide by August Bournonville, Herman Severin Løvenskiold
Audience Adults
Keywords Ballet
Running period March 18, 1961  


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Contributors (10)
Name Role
August Bournonville – Choreography (Vals fra Sylfiden)
Birgit Cullberg – Choreography (Fruen fra havet / På Haneben / Månerenen)
Istvàn Pajor – Musical direction
Herman Severin Løvenskiold – Music (Vals fra Sylfiden)
Knudåge Riisager – Music (Månerenen / Fruen fra havet)
Gioachino Rossini – Music (På Haneben)
Per Falk – Stage design (Månerenen / På Haneben)
Per Falk – Costume design (Månerenen)
Palle Damm – Dancer (Nilas)
Henny Mürer – Dancer (Aili i Månerenen)
Performance dates
1964Kieler Staatsschauspielhaus, Kiel, Tyskland visiting performance
May 28, 1962Store Scene at The National Stage, Bergen International Festival visiting performance
March 18, 1961Hovedscenen i Folketeaterbygningen National premiere, Norway
Festivals (1)