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Total duration 2 h 35 min
1 intermission (30 min)
10 performances
7.10.2016 – 29.10.2016
Ballets
Main auditorium
tickets
15-119 €

A fairy tale made for ballet

Jorma Elo, choreographer with the Boston Ballet, visits Helsinki again. This time there is a promise of imaginative pyrotechnics, as the colourful characters from Lewis Carroll’s classics Alice in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-glass (1871) take to the stage in the main auditorium.

Jorma Elo’s inventive movement language has always been based on the vocabulary of classical ballet. In Alice in Wonderland, Elo aims to create an even more classical choreography: “I came across Alice a few years ago when searching for a subject for a new full-length ballet. I had never read the book before, but I immediately realised that the story was made for ballet.”

The ballet is recommended for children over the age of 6.

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The action begins with the death of Alice’s beloved father. Her strict mother requires her to obey her every whim. When Alice hears that her mother intends to contract an arranged marriage for her, she escapes into a fantasy world.

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“But if everybody obeyed that rule,” said Alice, who was always ready for a little argument, “and if you only spoke when you were spoken to, and the other person always waited for you to begin, you see nobody would ever say anything –”

– Through the Looking-glass

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“I feel that ballet is the best medium for performing the tale of Alice.”

– Robert Perdziola, set and costume designer

Creative team

Choreography
Jorma Elo
Music
G. F. Händel
Music
Joseph Haydn
Music
G. F. Stölzel
Sets and costumes, costumes
Robert Perdziola
Valaistus ja projisoinnit
Mikki Kunttu

Cast

Performances & Tickets

2 h 35 min
1 intermission (30 min)
10 performances
7.10.2016 – 29.10.2016
Ballets
Main auditorium
tickets
15-119 €
Fri 7.10.2016
at 19:00
Sat 8.10.2016
at 14:00
Thu 13.10.2016
at 19:00
Sat 15.10.2016
at 14:00
Sat 15.10.2016
at 18:00
Wed 19.10.2016
at 19:00
Fri 21.10.2016
at 19:00
Tue 25.10.2016
at 19:00
Thu 27.10.2016
at 19:00
Sat 29.10.2016
at 19:00

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Afternoon Tea

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Book your refreshments beforehand online or at the Opera Restaurant sales desk; you will have a much wider range to choose from, and you will not have to queue in the interval. Download the seating plan of the Opera Restaurant (PDF).

Opera Restaurant sales desk
Tel. +358 9 4030 2377 on weekdays 09.00–11.00 and 12.00–16.00
Service desk beside the box office in the Opera House foyer on the Töölönlahti side open from Tuesday to Friday 12.00–16.00
ravintolapalvelut[at]opera.fi

Audience comments

Ian Thomson
“Beautiful stage, elegant scenery, fantastic performance! Superb show, cannot wait for my next visit.”