Triple Bill: Made in Finland
Date and timeThu 19.5.2022, at 7:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
The Finnish National Ballet’s centenary year showcases three internationally acclaimed Finnish choreographers: Nuutinen, Kvarnström and Saarinen.
In Johanna Nuutinen’s choreography, the world surges over the audience in a riptide of overwhelming, shattering stimulation. The concept of happiness as constantly increasing consumption has worn out both itself and humanity. Nuutinen pulls the audience through chaos into the eye of the storm, where all-encompassing peace is finally found. Lauri Porra’s newly composed score and Tuomas Norvio’s sound design create a powerful framework for a highly affecting experience.
Kvarnström’s latest production is like a tapestry woven differently every time. The dancers themselves can determine their entrance and exit from the choreography, making each performance unique depending on their choices. The musical score is Boléro by Maurice Ravel. A continuously changing visual experience, a combination of paintings, lights, and projections, serves as the backdrop for the dancing.
In his new work to the Cello Concerto of Esa-Pekka Salonen, dance, sound and light are wedged together in the interface between chaos and order, defenselessness and safety, and the experience of the transience of existence. It continues Saarinen and Salonen’s collaboration, which started with Saarinen’s choreography Morphed, seen on the Main Stage of the Opera House during the Helsinki Festival in 2014.
The Triple Bill’s works all share the same lighting designer, Joonas Tikkanen, and the costumes are by Erika Turunen and Kenneth Kvarnström.
Finnish National Opera and Ballet
Tickets 17-109€, duration 2 h 15 min
Recommended to visitors over the age of 7
Image: Sören Vilks, Tuukka Koski, David Thibel / Suomen kansallisooppera ja -baletti