Ghosts , a drama in three acts by Henrik Ibsen , published in in Norwegian as Gengangere and performed the following year. The play is an attack on conventional morality and on the results of hypocrisy. Ostensibly a discussion of congenital venereal disease , Ghosts also deals with the power of ingrained moral contamination to undermine the most determined idealism. Although the lecherous Captain Alving is in his grave, his ghost will not be laid to rest. The memorial that Helen, his conventionally minded widow, has erected to his memory burns down even as his son Oswald goes insane from inherited syphilis and his illegitimate daughter slips inexorably toward her destiny in a brothel.
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The production is now returning to the Main Stage! Norwegian audiences now have a new opportunity to experience the dance drama in a venue created especially for it, the Main House of the Oslo Opera House.
This is where the Norwegian National Ballet dances the dark secrets of the past in scenes that are both harrowing and tender. Ghosts was also made into a movie by the French film company Bel Air and has been shown at several international film festivals. Both were created in close collaboration with the dancers and both are signature pieces for the Norwegian National Ballet. The carpenter Engstrand seeks goodwill from his daughter Regine, who is unaware that she is the illegitimate child of Mr Alving.
Regine is now a maid employed by Mrs Alving. Pastor Manders arrives. He is an old friend of the family who years ago persuaded Mrs Alving to stay with her husband. Shortly after, she overhears Osvald and Regine flirting: The two siblings seem to be getting close. Act 2. Mrs Alving wishes to send Regine away. According to the doctor, Osvald must have been infected through his father, who had contracted the illness through debauchery.
Suddenly a fire starts in the orphanage. Mrs Alving is not overly concerned that the orphanage has burned down. Osvald tells Regine about his illness but anyhow asks her to be his companion.
Mrs Alving then reveals the truth about Mr Alving being Regine's biological father and that she and Osvald are half siblings. Regine leaves the house for good. Osvald asks his mother to take his life when the illness gets worse. He then has a serious attack. Previous run. Dark secrets Norwegian audiences now have a new opportunity to experience the dance drama in a venue created especially for it, the Main House of the Oslo Opera House. Creation and Direction. Melissa Hough.
See playing days Jan Philip Currell. Aarne Kristian Ruutu. Grete Sofie Borud Nybakken. Cina Espejord. Silas Henriksen. Natasha Jones. Jonathan Olofsson. Photo: Erik Berg.
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It was written in and first staged in in Chicago , Illinois , in a production by a Danish company on tour. Because of its subject matter, which includes religion, venereal disease, incest, and euthanasia,  it immediately generated strong controversy and negative criticism. Regular tragedy dealt mainly with the unhappy consequences of breaking the moral code. Ghosts , on the contrary, deals with the consequences of not breaking it. Helen Alving is about to dedicate an orphanage she has built in memory of her late husband, Captain Alving.