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20 May - 03 June 2020

Orbo Novo

by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Music Dance
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Fourteen dancers moving boundaries – literally.

It was a new world that met Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui when he moved to New York in 2009. There is much to deal with when coming to a new continent: loneliness, freedom, new possibilities, new barriers – all of which are ingredients for art. 
Orbo Novo (‘The New World’) was originally created for New York's Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, but now has Norwegian legs to dance upon. Norway's third national dance company, Nagelhus Schia Productions, has taken on Cherkaoui's challenge, making Orbo Novo its first full-evening performance.
The fourteen dancers frolic with acrobatic choreography and spectacular scenography, while the music is created by Polish composer Szymon Brzóska. On stage there are physical barriers that can confine, be moved and be pushed. Borders never disappear. The performance was created in a more hopeful United States in 2009, but in today's political climate takes on a different kind of topicality. Perhaps, it has become even more relevant?


NB! Dependent on final stage format, additional seating may be added at the front of the stalls after initial ticket sales begin. In this case, tickets for these seats will be made available.

Photo: Julieta Cervantes. Photo, top: Antero Hein.



​1 h 10 min


  • Standard: 250/300/430 
  • Senior: 225/270/387 
  • Under 30/student: 190 
  • FiB Fordel until 11 March: 175/210/301  
  • FiB Fordel from 12 March: 200/240/344  
  • BT Fordel: 187/225/322

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  • Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui choreography
  • Szymon Brzóska music
  • Alexander Dodge scenography
  • Guro Nagelhus Schia, Vebjørn Sundby, Catharina Vehre Gresslien, Jon Filip Fahlstrøm, Klara Mårtensson, Matias Rønningen, Ida Haugen, Daniel Sarr, Shintaro Oue, Hanne Elisabeth Svenning, Navala Chaudhari, Jens Trinidad, Stian Bergdølmo, Vilja Kwasny dancers
  • Fredrick Denis costume design
  • Lisa Asplund, Lydia Frantz wardrobe
  • Ivar Sverrison voice and text coach
  • Jim French lighting design
  • Kyrre Heldal Karlsen, Kimarius Abrahamsen lights
  • Terje Wessel Øverland, Morten Pettersen, Dave Rogge sound technicians
  • Oscar Ramos, Jason Kittelberger, Kristin Hjort Inao rehearsal directors
  • Sarah da Fonseca, Gert Van Overloop producers

A co-production of

Eastman, Bærum Cultural Centre and The Norwegian Opera and Ballet. Originally made and produced by Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet.

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