february, 2022

27feb6:00 pmThe Norwegian Opera and Ballet - Brahms; She Was Black: Mats Ek


Event Details

Mats Ek has more than anyone put the Nordic countries squarely on the international dance map. He is now working together with the Norwegian National Ballet once again, 20 years after their last collaboration. The Norwegian National Ballet is now performing the dazzlingly colourful …and Brahms, as well as the ballet She was black, described as “an expressive explosion of movement and feeling”.

Mats Ek and the dancers of the Norwegian National Ballet have now further developed the ballet … and Brahms, featuring imaginative, colourful costumes with a playful reference to the classical tutu. … and Brahms is danced to Brahms’ dramatic and sweeping Violin Concerto in D major, with the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra’s concertmaster Guro Kleven Hagen as soloist.

“I dreamed about God last night…“What did he look like?”…”She was black!”. She was black was inspired by this dialogue from a Swedish revue. In the spirit of interpersonal relationships, the ballet shows some of the comical and intimate, yet dark situations that can arise in the field of tension between the private and the social. The music is “dark, energetic, raw and poetic” according to Ek, who choreographed She was black to Henryk Góreckí’s ‘Quasi una fantasia’, String Quarter No. 2.

Ana Laguna – one of the greatest dance artists of our time – has come to Oslo to stage the performance together with Ek. We promise a unique encounter with one of the world’s greatest living choreographers – and an evening with the Norwegian National Ballet and the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra!


(Sunday) 6:00 pm


Oslo Opera House

Kirsten Flagstads Plass, 0194 Oslo, Norway