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Total duration 2 h 35 min
1 intermission (35 min)
12 performances
19.1.2019 – 12.2.2019
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
15-109 €
Performed in finnish
Surtitles in finnish, swedish and english

The return of the popular ballet spectacle

The Little Mermaid whisks the audience into a different world. Kenneth Greve’s hit production is both an enthralling spectacle and a touching story about the pursuit of dreams and the power of love. 3D effects transform the stage into a mesmerising underwater scene. It’s no wonder this ballet has only been performed to full houses.

Recommended for children over the age of 7.

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Although the circumstances are exceptional, you can still enjoy opera and ballet online. Each Monday and Thursday a recording from previous seasons will be published on Stage24 video service. You can enjoy the performances for free in the comfort of your home.

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Creative team

Choreography
Kenneth Greve
Music
Tuomas Kantelinen
Conductor
Erkki Lasonpalo
Sets
takis
Costumes
Erika Turunen
Lighting design
Kalle Ropponen
Make-up design
Virpi Ketko

Cast

Little mermaid
Yimeng Sun
H. c. andersen
Teemu Tainio
Housekeeper
Sara Saviola

Synopsis

Act I

Once upon a time there was an author named H.C. Andersen. One day he was faced with a difficult task: he was asked to write a story for a ballet to be performed for royal visitors. It would also be an occasion where the Prince marries a Princess.

After several attempts, Andersen came up with the story of a little mermaid. The rehearsals went badly, because Andersen could not show the dancers by dancing what he wanted. The dancers made fun of him. The Prince sympathised with the depressed author and went to meet him on the shore. Unfortunately, he missed his footing on the pier and fell into the water. The Prince was drowning, but something grabbed him and pulled him ashore. A pair of lips pressed against his and forced air into his lungs. The Mermaid had saved the Prince’s life, and a strange feeling arose in her: she wanted to be part of the Prince’s world.

Andersen understood the Mermaid’s desire, since he himself too wished to change.

Together, they went off to see the Witch, who promised to fulfil their wishes. In return, the Witch demanded from each of them that which they loved most. Andersen promised to give up his best tales and his writing talent for a magic potion that would make him a master dancer.

The Mermaid offered to give up her singing voice. Having become a human, she would no longer be able to express her feelings.

Act II

 

The Mermaid arrived at a ballet rehearsal, and the Prince was immediately enchanted with her though she never spoke a word. The Princess realised that she would need magic to keep the Prince for herself. She stole Andersen’s magic potion and replaced it with wine. As a result, Andersen failed to turn into the master dancer he wanted to be and was as awkward and clumsy as ever.

The Princess, on the other hand, was a wonder to behold on the dance floor. The Prince forgot all about the Mermaid, who was unable to express her love for him even when he asked her to do so.

The Mermaid’s sisters decided to rescue the grieving Mermaid and asked the Witch to dispel the enchantment. The Witch agreed on condition that the Prince would die. The Witch then turned up at the wedding of the Prince and the Princess and threw a magic knife at the Prince. The Mermaid was quick enough to interpose herself, and the knife struck her instead, with fatal results. Yet the Mermaid smiled in death, as she had finally been able to show her love to the Prince.

Pieni Merenneito

“I remember when I first heard the tale of the little mermaid who sacrifices herself for the happiness of another. It touched me deeply.”

– Kenneth Greve

Pieni Merenneito

A tale of shattered dreams

Choreographer Kenneth Greve and composer Tuomas Kantelinen have created a fairy-tale world that touches on the biography of H.C. Andersen (1805–1875). Andersen attended ballet school himself and admired the sensitivity and grace of dancers but could never create a career as a dancer himself because of his deformed body. Andersen and the Little Mermaid both aspire to what they could not achieve: she wants to have legs; he wants to be able to dance.

Pieni Merenneito

As H.C. Andersen wrote The Little Mermaid, his own love affair had just ended tragically.

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Pieni Merenneito

“One must admit that the 3D sets, with fish, turtles and daggers hurtling towards the viewer, are very effective even for adults.”

– Helsingin Sanomat

Performances and tickets

2 h 35 min
1 intermission (35 min)
12 performances
19.1.2019 – 12.2.2019
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
15-109 €
Performed in finnish
Surtitles in finnish, swedish and english
Sat 19.1.2019
at 14:00
Tue 22.1.2019
at 19:00
Wed 23.1.2019
at 12:00
Thu 24.1.2019
at 19:00
Sat 26.1.2019
at 14:00
Tue 29.1.2019
at 19:00
Thu 31.1.2019
at 19:00
Fri 1.2.2019
at 19:00
Wed 6.2.2019
at 19:00
Sat 9.2.2019
at 14:00
Sat 9.2.2019
at 19:00
Tue 12.2.2019
at 19:00