Taking place in spring 2022, Next Steps at Almi Hall is an evening dedicated to the young talent of the Finnish National Ballet. The programme features a world premiere by Reija Wäre. Most of the performers are members of the FNB Youth Company, who have started their professional dancing careers in the past few years.
Choreographer Reija Wäre
Reija Wäre has worked as a director and choreographer across genres from opera to street dance, TV productions to stage plays, and sports to major events. She has participated in creating more than 80 dance productions, plays, and musicals, such as the Tom of Finland musical at the Turku City Theatre, two Ricky Rapper films, arena concerts for the Finnish music artists Antti Tuisku, Jenni Vartiainen, Robin Packalen, Kaija Koo and Anna Puu, as well as the Finnish rapper Cheek’s farewell concerts.
The new work fuses elegant, near-weightless expression with heavier and more rhythmic movements and broken lines. The music combines elements from different periods, and the costumes are a mix of traditional ballet outfits, contemporary fashion, and pop aesthetics. The movement language is based on ballet technique, but it also lends freely from other dance genres. The street dance choreographer of the work, the versatile street dance virtuoso Akim Bakhtaoui, appears onstage alongside the ballet dancers.
12 talented young dancers
The Finnish National Ballet Youth Company, founded in 2013, is home to 12 young dancers. Half of the dancers of the international group are from Finland, while half come from countries as diverse and remote as Japan, Korea and New Zealand. Besides the Next Steps evenings, the members of the FNB Youth Company perform alongside FNB dancers in Main Stage productions. The FNB Youth Company is financially supported by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.
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