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Total duration
11 performances
3.11.2017 – 25.11.2017
Main auditorium

Crossover extravaganza by ballet director Kenneth Greve

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet is making a huge investment in the Finland 100 celebrations with a blockbuster production focusing on Finland’s history – and future.

The Land of Kalevala ballet spectacle by Kenneth Greve will be premiered on 3 November 2017. Its story touches on milestone moments in Finnish history and culture with a bold combination of various art forms. The end result will be a playful, touching and slightly mad production that can only be the work of an outside observer. Land of Kalevala is at once a thank-you to, a celebration of and a wake-up call for the Finnish nation. It probes deep into the core of what it is to be Finnish. Do we understand our roots? Do we know where we are going? Do we still have the stamina to dig through grey rock, as the saying goes?

Recommended for children over the age of 9.

Kenneth Greve

“Danes have hygge, but Finns have sisu. I admire the guts and power that you can find in this society and in Finnish history. I want to challenge Finns to rediscover their sisu for the next 100 years,”

– Kenneth Greve


Kimmo Pohjonen

Finnish musical memories

The iconic moments of Finnish history will be underpinned by Finnish musical memories across genre boundaries. The music is being compiled by Tuomas Kantelinen, who will also be providing some original music. The performing ensemble will include internationally known Finnish modern folk musicians such as accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen and the band Värttinä. The Chorus and Orchestra of the FNO will also be there.


Musical bouquet

The storyon Land of Kalevala  incorporates ancient mysticism, well-known heroes, new interpretations and an important look at the 100 years of independent Finland. Tuomas Kantelinen and Kenneth Greve went through dozens of proposals for the music selection of the piece. In Land of Kalevala you can hear for example music from Uuno Klami, Jean Sbelius, Värttinä and mass hits from recent years.

Tuomas Kantelinen

“The main criteria for the music selections were that they should suit the story and movement language of the ballet, carry the narrative and support the dance. Musically, the production will be a veritable bouquet featuring many colours and many composers – including some real surprises!”

– Tuomas Kantelinen

FNOB to partner with Kalevala Jewelry

Kalevala Jewelry will design a necklace inspired by The Land of Kalevala production.

“I am pleased for us to have the opportunity to design an item of jewellery based on Kenneth Greve’s The Land of Kalevala. Kalevala Jewelry and The Land of Kalevala share the same foundation of Finnish themes, so this partnership is an excellent fit,” says Riitta Huuhtanen, Managing Director of Kalevala Jewelry.

Kalevala Jewelry_logo

Creative team

kooste / collage
Musical advisor
Tuomas Kantelinen
Set, lighting and projection design
Mikki Kunttu
Erika Turunen
Pirjo Toikka


11 performances
3.11.2017 – 25.11.2017
Main auditorium
Fri 3.11.2017
at 19:00
Wed 8.11.2017
at 19:00
Fri 10.11.2017
at 19:00
Sat 11.11.2017
at 14:00
Tue 14.11.2017
at 19:00
Wed 15.11.2017
at 19:00
Thu 16.11.2017
at 19:00
Sat 18.11.2017
at 19:00
Wed 22.11.2017
at 19:00
Fri 24.11.2017
at 19:00
Sat 25.11.2017
at 14:00

Tickets went on sale to companies and groups on Thursday 22 September 2016. The ticket price (EUR 53–119) includes a mood-setting tour of the Opera House before the performance. The Land of Kalevala is included in the season tickets 2017–2018 that will go on sale in April 2017.

Performance includes strong wind effect and strong voices. Recommended age limit for the performance is 9 years.

Land of Kalevala forms part of the official celebrations for the centenary of Finland’s independence (Suomi 100).

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