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Total duration
24 performances
3.11.2017 – 9.2.2018
Ballets
Main auditorium
tickets
16-129 €

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

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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.

Värttinä

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

Land of Kalevala

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.

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Creative team

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

Tickets

24 performances
3.11.2017 – 9.2.2018
Ballets
Main auditorium
tickets
16-129 €
Fri 3.11.2017
at 19:00
on sale
Wed 8.11.2017
at 19:00
on sale
Fri 10.11.2017
at 19:00
on sale
Sat 11.11.2017
at 14:00
on sale
Sat 11.11.2017
at 19:00
on sale
Tue 14.11.2017
at 19:00
on sale
Wed 15.11.2017
at 19:00
on sale
Thu 16.11.2017
at 19:00
on sale
Sat 18.11.2017
at 14:00
on sale
Sat 18.11.2017
at 19:00
on sale
Wed 22.11.2017
at 19:00
on sale
Fri 24.11.2017
at 19:00
Sat 25.11.2017
at 14:00
on sale
Sat 25.11.2017
at 19:00
on sale
Sat 13.1.2018
at 14:00
Sat 13.1.2018
at 19:00
Fri 19.1.2018
at 19:00
Sat 20.1.2018
at 19:00
Thu 25.1.2018
at 19:00
Sat 27.1.2018
at 14:00
Sat 27.1.2018
at 19:00
Thu 1.2.2018
at 19:00
Sat 3.2.2018
at 19:00
Fri 9.2.2018
at 19:00

Performances on Nov 3, Nov 8, Nov 10, Nov 11, Nov 12 and Nov 15 re included in the season ticket series, remaining tickets available June 6. Tickets for spring 2018 will be on sale in October 2017.

The performance on Nov 24 is sold out.

Kalevalanmaa includes a mood-setting tour backstage at the Opera House before the performance. Join the tour in the Almi Hall foyer 50 minutes before the performance time. The tour goes through stairways and narrow corridors and is thus unfortunately not suitable for mobility-impaired visitors. However, the tour is also available as a virtual reality tour. You do not need to take this tour to enjoy the performance, but the tour is included in the ticket price.

Performances of Kalevalanmaa include strong wind effects and loud noises and are not recommended for children under the age of 9.

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

Season ticket

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Buy a season ticket and get benefits

If you visit us several times a year and would like to ensure that you get a seat at future premieres, the season ticket is a perfect choice for you.  As a season ticket holder, you will receive discounts and benefits and a designated seat in the auditorium.

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