Introducing the new Charlotte Ballet Book Club!

In honor of our 50th Anniversary Celebration in October, we’re choosing books that speak to the pieces that are part of this performance series.

This month, we read A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. We chose this classic work in preparation for our 50th Anniversary Celebration performance series in October. Included in the performance series is Val Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House—a dramatic work that spotlights the female protagonists from five of Ibsen’s plays, including A Doll’s House.

We hope you enjoyed reading with us this month. Now it’s time to hear your thoughts! We look forward to discussing this play with you!

1. In Act One, Nora tells Mrs. Linde, “Free. To be free, absolutely free. To spend time playing with the children. To have a clean, beautiful house, the way Torvald likes it.” How does Nora’s idea of freedom evolve throughout the play?

2. The complexity of the play is caught up in Torvald and Nora’s differing views on Nora’s identity. Torvald says that “before all else [she] is a wife and mother.” Nora believes that she is first and foremost a human being. Who is right? Must they be separate?

3. Do you think Torvald was worthy of Nora’s sacrifice? How do you think she feels at the end of the play?

Send us your answers on our Instagram or Facebook page! We can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the play!