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The Press


'Where does the time go? - Stuttgart Ballet.... to the final encounter featuring a long-standing relationship and all its baggage perfectly portrayed by Ricio Aleman and Fabio Adorisio. Their rapport and unequivocal body language flush out a poignant love story, evoking all kinds of emotions, that is both palpable and heart-wrenching, performed to Nina Simone's interpretation of Sandy Denny's Who Knows Where the Time Goes? Lynch's clever choice of 50s Soul and R&B music mixed with Luke Howard's sound collage, plus the chestnut-brown colour off Bregjie van Balen's costumes gave her piece a lasting feeling of misty-eyed nostalgia and a lie well lived.' - Alison Kent, Dance Europe, April-May, 2024

'Couch, masterfully choreographed by soloist  Samantha Lynch, is a work in which the couch couple give their all for each other - in and around the couch.” - Norsk Shakespeare Tidsskrift

'Couch allows us to fall out of the fairytale fantasy and encounter something that is felt closer to ourselves for a moment.' - Norsk Shakespeare Tidsskrift

'Couch is a work that really knocks the viewer to the ground with its speed, its constant surprises in its movement patterns and its creative use of a sofa.

If there is something that takes the audience's breath away (and probably the dancers too) this evening, it has to be Couch'. - Dagsavisen

'It is a great and pleasant surprise to see how much new life Samantha Lynch manages to give this repetitive cascade of a quarter of a piece of music.' - Dagsavisen on A Boléro.

'This is both lively and vulnerable, simple and complex, close and at the same time always on the way to a new place. A bit like life itself.' Dagsavisen on A Boléro.



Samantha Lynch


Samantha's video reel is here.

Samantha Lynch is a principal dancer with the Norwegian National Ballet as well as a rising choreographic talent whose works have been commissioned and performed throughout Europe.

Samantha's dance training began in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia, at the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet. In 2006, she embarked on her professional journey as a trainee at San Francisco Ballet before moving to Houston Ballet where she danced for over six years, before joining the Norwegian National Ballet in 2013.

Samantha is a passionate choreographer. She initiated and leads the Norwegian National Ballet's choreography workshop RAW, a platform that fosters choreographic opportunities while raising funds for charity. Her early choreographic endeavours include Grin and bear it for the Coda Dance Festival, for: jake (together with Douwe Dekkers) for the International Draft Works with the Royal Ballet in London.

As a dancer, Samantha's repertoire spans a wide spectrum, encompassing both classical ballets and modern works, including Jiří Kylián's seminal pieces One of a KindGods and Dogs, 27'52Soldiers' MassPetite MortForgotten LandSymphony of Psalms, Falling Angels and Tiger Lily. She has also performed notable modern ballets like Sol León & Paul Lightfoot's Sad Case and Sleight of Hand, Alexander Ekman's Swan Lake (as the Black Swan), Mats Ek's She Was Black, Ohad Naharins Secus and William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude. Lynch's versatility extends to her duet performances, having danced the lead duets in Crystal Pite's Light of Passage and Emma Portner's Islands. In 2021, she captivated audiences on the European Dialogues tour with her performance in Jiří Kylián's 14,20 duet.

This same versatility has led to her being involved in several original creations by the likes of Daniel Proietto, Alan Lucien Øyen, Ina Christel Johannessen, Marit Moum Aune, Hege Haagenrud, Liam Scarlett, Aszure Barton, and Emma Portner.

Parallel to her dance career, in 2021, Samantha made her main stage choreographic debut with A Boléro for the Norwegian National Ballet. Since then, she has created Come Back for the Zurich Ballet's Junior company, COUCH for the Norwegian National Ballet, and in November, 2023, she created Where does the time go? for the Stuttgart Ballet. 

Upcoming engagements include a new creation for Denmark's  Kammerballetten and a staging of Come Back for Berlin Ballett both in Summer 2024.


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