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Total duration 1 h 30 min
no intermission
9 performances
3.4.2020 – 19.5.2020
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
46-99€

All Opera and Ballet performances of the spring season are cancelled

Due to the coronavirus epidemic the Opera House is closed, and all the remaining Opera and Ballet performances of the spring season are cancelled. We want to secure the health and safety of our audiences and our staff.

The second part of Richard Wagner’s RING tetralogy, Die Walküre, and the last ballet premiere of the spring, COW, will be postponed to autumn season. 

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COW, photo T.M. Rives

Absurd comedy meets energetic dance

The fast-paced and surprising COW is awash with absurd comedy, but at the same time it challenges the audience’s preconceptions about themselves and society. This striking production is an outrageous, satirical journey with no unnecessary lulls. The performance of an hour and a half packs in 12 scenes of energetic dance, which pay homage to neoclassical ballet and even the legendary dance work The Rite of Spring. At the core of everything there is, of course, a COW.

Recommended for children over the age of 7. 

COW

Ekman tests the boundaries of ballet

The Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman, one of today’s hottest names in contemporary ballet, impressed Finnish audiences a few years back with his production Episode 31. Now, for the first time ever in Finland, the Finnish National Ballet presents a night completely dedicated to Ekman’s work.

Ekman wants his work to appeal to younger viewers, too, as he is concerned that too slow-paced and long productions will bore them. He even goes as far as to question whether we even need ballet. The German press has described Ekman as being ”as radically liberating as the cool northerly wind.”

COW

New music and costumes by the pioneer of contemporary fashion

Originally from Sweden, composer Mikael Karlsson currently works in New York. His score will be played from a recording. Karlsson is Ekman’s trusted composer partner, who has created the music for several of Ekman’s most important works. He has also composed, for example, for contemporary opera and video games.

The costumes of the production are by the Danish Fashion designer Henrik Vibskov. The Design Museum, while hosting an exhibition of Vibskov’s work, described him as the pioneer of contemporary fashion and likened him to Gyro Gearloose, the unorthodox inventor of the Donald Duck comics. This helps explain why his imaginative visual approach is a perfect match for Ekman’s absurd productions.

#COW #FNBCOW

COW, photo T.M.Rives

“Before starting to work on any new production, I ask myself the most important question: why do we need it?”

– Alexander Ekman, choreographer

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Creative team

Choreography, set design, lighting design
Alexander Ekman
Music (recording)
Mikael Karlsson
Costumes
Henrik Vibskov
Video
T.M. Rives

Cast

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A Dresden Semperoper production

Image credit: T. M. Rivers / Semperoper Dresden

Performances & Tickets

1 h 30 min
no intermission
9 performances
3.4.2020 – 19.5.2020
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
46-99€
Fri 3.4.2020
at 19:00
Main Stage
cancelled
Sat 4.4.2020
at 14:00
Main Stage
cancelled
Wed 15.4.2020
at 19:00
Main Stage
cancelled
Fri 17.4.2020
at 19:00
Main Stage
cancelled
Wed 22.4.2020
at 19:00
Main Stage
cancelled
Thu 23.4.2020
at 19:00
Main Stage
cancelled
Thu 30.4.2020
at 19:00
Main Stage
cancelled
Tue 19.5.2020
at 12:00
Main Stage
sold out
Tue 19.5.2020
at 16:00
Main Stage
sold out

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Afternoon Tea

Sweet and savoury treats

Choose your favourite refreshments from this season’s tasty menu. You can easily add refreshments to your shopping basket while selecting tickets in our online store.

The services of the Opera Restaurant are available before performances and during the interval. Order beforehand and avoid the queues.

Please note that we cannot guarantee a specific table for orders made via the online store. We may also seat several parties at the same table. You may be assigned a bar height table for enjoying refreshments standing up.

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Special offer at Radisson Blu

As a guest of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet you will enjoy the hospitality of Helsinki Radisson Blu Hotels at a special price.

We offer you 20% off the daily rate. Luxury accommodation includes accommodation for two at your chosen hotel in Helsinki, glasses of sparkling on arrival, relaxing Blu Dreams and a superb Super Breakfast.

Reservation code: OPERA