Watch Party: Nora

20 — 22 May

For our next Wednesday Watch Party, on 20 May at 7pm BST, we’ll be watching Stina Quagebeur’s Nora on Facebook and YouTube.

Nora is a one-act ballet inspired by the lead character in Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, a woman on the path to independence. When past choices catch up with her and reveal a new side to her husband, Nora sees their relationship crumble and her illusions shatter – leading to a life-changing decision.

The online release of Nora showcases our Associate Choreographer and First Artist of the Company Stina Quagebeur. Nora was her first work for the main stage. Since then, Quagebeur has received the Emerging Artist prize at the National Dance Awards 2019.

The cast includes Crystal Costa in the title role, Jeffrey Cirio as Nora’s husband Torvald and Junor Souza as Krogstad, a man who attempts to blackmail Nora.

The music is by Oscar-nominated composer Philip Glass, and is performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

Recorded at Sadler’s Wells, London, in April 2019.

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Crystal Costa


Jeffrey Cirio


Junor Souza


Creative Team

Stina Quagebeur


Philip Glass


Louie Whitemore


Trui Malten

Lighting Design

Nicola Henshall

Assistant to the Choreographer

Kerry Nicholls

Choreographic Mentor

Gavin Sutherland


Chris Swithinbank



Nora is married to Torvald. On the surface, they are a happy couple.

Without telling him, a few years ago she took out a loan with Krogstad. Torvald had fallen ill, and their family needed the money so he could travel and recuperate in a better climate. Nora has been hiding this secret ever since.

When this decision catches up with her (through blackmail from Krogstad), it reveals a new side to her husband. Nora sees their relationship crumble and her illusions shatter – leading to a life-changing decision.

She Persisted - Crystal Costa in Nora by Jason Bell CROPPED


“Quagebeur justifies Rojo’s faith in her with a confident debut ballet”
“Nora shows that Quagebeur’s choreography has an accomplished sense of lyrical phrasing and depth of character”
“A contemporary flavour of neoclassicism that bristles with detail. It feels tremendously alive.”