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Land of Kalevala

2 h 54 min 23.11.2017

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 end result is 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. Its story touches on milestone moments in Finnish history and culture with a bold combination of various art forms.

Watch recording of the live streaming of Kenneth Greve’s ballet spectacle that was recorded on Saturday 18th of November.

Cast: Aino Abigail Sheppard, Väinämöinen Samuli Poutanen, Mistress of the North Rebecca King, Ilmarinen Frans Valkama, Lemminkäinen Jani Talo, Shadow of Aino Valeria Quintana.

Journalists Liisa Vihmanen and Janne Koskinen hosted the discussion (in Finnish) during the intermission.
The guests include Outi Kallinen, chairman of the Union of Dance and Circus Artists Finland, Riitta Aittokallio, head of the Dancing Finland -project from Dance Info Finland, project manager Hanna Forsell from the National Museum and folk music band Värttinä.

Production: Finnish Broadcasting Company and FNOB.

Recommended for children over the age of 9.

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