Gespenster 001 © Erik Berg

Ballet by Cina Espejord

Music by Nils Petter Molvaer

after the play by Henrik Ibsen

Gastspiel des Norwegischen Nationalbaletts Oslo

Premiere: Monday, 3 April 2017, 7.30 pm

Performance: 4. April 2017, 7.30 pm until 9 pm (no intermission)



Are we ever honest enough to remain unmoved by lies? This is the question dealt with in Henrik Ibsen's drama Ghosts on which this ballet is based. "Ghosts is a psychological thriller in which the characters discover more and more about their own stories," says director Marit Moum Aune about the evening. "The theme is the way something unspoken can grow to become something unbearable. It requires enormous courage to make one's peace with one's own illusions." Together with the young choreographer Cina Espejord, she retells Ibsen's drama as a ballet to music by Nils Petter Molvar. They are placing the story on the stage as danced theatre because the immediacy and power of expression of dance is especially well suited to portraying internal and external brutality.


The young Osvald Alving gives up his bohemian lifestyle in Paris and returns to his home town in Norway. Nobody suspects that he is soon to fall prey to imbecility owing to cerebral softening. He is ironic and distanced in his dealings with other people. His mother welcomes the son who was so painfully missed, but only slowly realises the condition he has returned home in. And gradually secrets come to light that weigh heavily not just on his family, but on Osvald personally. step by step, ghosts from the past destroy the facade of the respectable middle-class family which is only maintained with difficulty. When Osvald's hopes of marrying the young Regine are dashed because it emerges that she is his half-sister and the product of an affair his father had with one of his employees, he falls into despair. The only person who stands by him when the cerebral softening moves on to the next stage is his mother, who is also forced to expose painful secrets from her own life.



Marit Moum Aune


Cina Espejord


Nils Petter Molvær

Set design

Even Børsum

Costume design

Ingrid Nylander

Light design

Kristin Bredal

Osvald / Captain Alving, Osvald´s father

Andreas Heise

Young Osvald

Kristoffer Ask Haglund

Miss Alving, Osvald´s mother

Camilla Spidsøe

Young Miss Alving

Sonia Vinograd

Pastor Manders

Ole Willy Falkhaugen

Young Pastor Manders

Philip Currell

Regine, Miss Alving´s housekeeper

Grete Sofie Borud Nybakken

Young Regine

Erle Østraat

Zimmermann Engstrand, Regine´s father

Kristian Alm


Photos Gallery

Gespenster Ballet 2016/17

Premiere: 3 April 2017
Director: Marit Moum Aune
Choreographer: Cina Espejord
Guest performance of the Norwegian National Ballet Oslo
Photos: Erik Berg


Ghosts (Norwegian National Ballet)

Ghosts (Norwegian National Ballet)