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.