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Finnish National Ballet to tour Japan in April

The Finnish National Ballet will go on tour to Tokyo and Osaka in Japan in April 2017, with six performances at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo on 22–25 April and two performances in Osaka on 29–30 April. Nearly half of the members of the FNB will go on the tour. The programme will include a gala performance featuring extracts from the FNB’s foremost productions, such as Swan of Tuonela by Imre Eck to music by Sibelius and scenes from Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Ballet Pathétique by Jorma Uotinen. The gala opens with a Moomin ballet, Moomin and the Magician’s Hat, specifically designed for the Japan tour, based on Tove Jansson’s book Trollkarlens hatt (Finn Family Moomintroll). This new work will be choreographed by Kenneth Greve to music by Tuomas Kantelinen.

Finnair, a leading Nordic airline, is the Finnish National Ballet’s partner for the Japan tour. The tour forms part of the official celebrations for the centenary of Finland’s independence.

Muumipeikko ja Taikurin hattu_photo Saara Salmi

“We are proud to have been invited, as this is the FNOB’s first-ever visit to Japan. Only the best performing ensembles in the world are invited to Japan, and audiences there are ballet connoisseurs, so we are extremely honoured.”

– Kenneth Greve, Artistic Director of the National Ballet

Character: © Moomin Characters™

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Snow Queen visited Copenhagen on January 2017

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Finland’s centenary celebrated at the Royal Danish Theatre with premiere of The Snow Queen

The Finnish National Ballet visited Copenhagen, Denmark in January 2017, with four performances of the ballet The Snow Queen by Artistic Director Kenneth Greve at the Royal Danish Ballet between 27 and 29 January 2017. 

The visit by the FNB was one of the international top moments of the celebrations for the centenary of Finland’s independence.

Queen Margarethe of Denmark and Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä

What an honor!

Queen Margarethe of Denmark and Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipilä visited the premiere of The Snow Queen in Copenhagen.

A hugely popular ballet for the whole family

The Snow Queen has been a huge success in Helsinki, playing to sold-out houses, and it was only natural to take it to Copenhagen, since not only is it based on the story by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, but Kenneth Greve is also Danish and a former principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet. Greve has set the story in early 20th-century Finland, carrying the main characters of the story on a journey from Helsinki through foreign lands to Lapland. The Finnish emphasis is also reflected in the work of costume designer Erika Turunen and the visualisation of lighting designer Mikki Kunttu, who have jointly created the overall set design. Pekka Helynen is the artist behind the production’s make-up look. The musical score for The Snow Queen is by well-known film music composer Tuomas Kantelinen. The movie-like score including several special effects was recorded by the Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet and will be heard as playback in these performances. This has allowed the stage to be extended out over the orchestra pit, bringing the performers closer to the audience.

Watch Snow Queen online

Haven’t been able to see this smash hit ballet? Don’t worry, you can watch it online whenever it suits you best. Feel free to enjoy our Stage24:

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet is a national institution and an opera and ballet company of internationally high quality. The Finnish National Ballet programmes both classical ballets and contemporary dance works, with 3–4 premiere productions and 4–5 revivals in the main auditorium each year. The FNB gives some 80 performances per year and is the only full-scale professional ballet company in Finland. The FNB is an international company whose 76 dancers represent more than 20 nationalities. About half of the members are Finnish, most of them trained at the FNB Ballet School. The FNB also has a Youth Group for young dancers.

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