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Total duration 1 h 50 min
1 intermission (25 min)
6 performances
29.4.2017 – 13.5.2017
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
15-109 €
Kullervo

When Sibelius found the Kalevala

Why does everything go wrong for this tormented man? In the timeless tale from the Finnish national epic, Kullervo unknowingly seduces his own sister, kills his enemies and finally falls on his own sword. When composer Jean Sibelius as a young man encountered the tragic tale of Kullervo in the Kalevala, the result made Finnish musical history. Now Sibelius’s breakthrough work is given a stage interpretation by Tero Saarinen.

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Kullervo

A devastatingly powerful work

Tero Saarinen, a choreographer and director known for his all-embracing approach, matches his powerful movement language with music performed by orchestra, choir and soloists for a unique experience.  The set, costume and lighting design are in the hands of Saarinen’s trusted associates Erika Turunen and Mikki Kunttu.

Please note that the lighting used in this performance is brighter than usual.

Creative team

Choreographer, director
Tero Saarinen
Music
Jean Sibelius
Sets, lighting and projection design
Mikki Kunttu
Costumes
Erika Turunen
Screen design
Mikko Linnavuori

Cast

Kullervo, dancer
Pekka Louhio
Kimmo
David Scarantino
Kullervo's sister, dancer
Johanna Nuutinen
The Finnish National Opera male chorus.
The male choir Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat.

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Kullervo; Terhi Talo, Samuli Poutanen

“The relationship of an individual to his community, being persecuted, desiring intimacy and the breakdown of communications; these emerged as the main themes. Why does a person isolate himself and remain alone? Why does someone’s life become a hopeless existence under a dark cloud, with no space for positive things to develop?”

– Tero Saarinen, choreographer

Tickets

1 h 50 min
1 intermission (25 min)
6 performances
29.4.2017 – 13.5.2017
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
15-109 €
Sat 29.4.2017
at 19:30
Thu 4.5.2017
at 19:00
Sat 6.5.2017
at 14:00
Sat 6.5.2017
at 19:00
Thu 11.5.2017
at 19:30
Sat 13.5.2017
at 19:00