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Total duration 3 h 30 min
1 intermission (25 min)
1 performance
28.5.2022
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
35-129 €

A spectacular finish for a year of celebration

The centenary celebrations of the Finnish National Ballet will culminate at the end of May in the Centenary Gala, which puts dancers centre stage. The stars of the Finnish National Ballet will be joined onstage by dazzling guest artists. Maria Baranova from Bavarian State Opera Ballet, lead principal dancer at the Finnish National Ballet from 2011 to 2015, performs together with Vadim Muntagirov, principal dancer at the Royal Ballet in London. Atte Kilpinen, currently on loan from the Finnish National Ballet at Hamburg Ballet, will also visit his home company. In addition to this, the gala will feature the Chorus of the Finnish National Opera and all the students of the Ballet School of the Finnish National Ballet from the youngest beginners to recent graduates of vocational education. The Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera will be conducted by Benjamin Pope. Concept and staging of the gala is designed by Artistic Director Madeleine Onne, visual design by Tommi Saviranta.

The gala repertoire takes a look at the past, present and future of the Finnish National Ballet, as well as revealing tantalising glimpses of the upcoming season. The event will be presented by Jorma Uotinen, Artistic Director of the Ballet from 1992 to 2001, and the current Artistic Director Madeleine Onne, who bids farewell to the company at the end of the spring season.

The Centenary Gala is a one-off performance, so book your tickets early – they’ll sell out in no time!

Suggested age guidance 10+.

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We recommend everyone who visits the Opera House to wear a face mask. We kindly ask you to arrive at the performance in good time and only when you are not feeling ill. Our personnel are happy to help you whenever necessary.

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Tickets & Performances

3 h 30 min
1 intermission (25 min)
1 performance
28.5.2022
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
35-129 €
Jousenlammen pääpari 1922

The Finnish National Ballet debuted with Swan Lake in 1922

The ballet group of the Finnish Opera was established at the Alexander Theatre in Helsinki in 1922, just over four years after Finland gained independence. The first performance on 17 January 1922 was Swan Lake, which the ballet master of the new group, George Gé, had discovered in St. Petersburg before the revolution. Finland had the privilege to see Swan Lake performed by a native ballet group before any other Western European country.  

The Finnish National Opera embraced ballet permanently, building its international reputation on several tours after the two World Wars. The genre was introduced around Finland during ballet dancers’ summer tours in the 1950s. The group adopted the name Finnish National Ballet in the 1970s. Today it represents an equal half of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet.

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It's time to celebrate!

The Finnish National Ballet celebrates its centenary in 2022. The production is part of the centenary programme of events.

We also celebrate the centenary online. Read about the twists and turns of the ballet company, browse videos from over the decades, and discover the spring season’s centenary programme.

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Watch the live broadcast

Watch the live stream on Saturday 28 May at 6.40 pm.

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