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Total duration 2 h 20 min
1 intermission (30 min)
6 performances
6.4.2022 – 22.4.2022
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
17-109 €
Seitsemän veljestä; Linda Haakana, Nikolas Koskivirta, Tuukka Piitulainen, Jani Talo

Where there’s a will, there’s a way

The Seven Brothers by Aleksis Kivi is a classic tale known to all Finnish people, a seminal work in Finnish literature and as such regarded as the national novel. It is set in the lands of Nurmijärvi and details the rough lives of the unruly Jukola brothers. Originally completed for the Finnish National Ballet in 1980, the Seven Brothers is one of the landmark works of the Finnish ballet repertoire. The beloved choreography classic will return to the Finnish National Ballet stage to mark the centenary celebrations.

Recommended for children over the age of 5.

Tickets & Performances

2 h 20 min
1 intermission (30 min)
6 performances
6.4.2022 – 22.4.2022
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
17-109 €
Wed 6.4.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
Sat 9.4.2022
at 14:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Sat 9.4.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Tue 19.4.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
Thu 21.4.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 17.00 €
Fri 22.4.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €

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Creative team

Choreography
Marjo Kuusela
Music
Eero Ojanen
Sets
Kati Lukka
Costumes
Anne Jämsä
Lighting design
Olli-Pekka Koivunen
Dramaturgy
Eino Tuominen

Synopsis

The mistress of Jukola farm has died. Her seven sons had been living in the decaying house under her protection, spending their time playing and hunting. Now they must fend for themselves. Juhani, being the eldest, feels that he has the right to decide on household matters and boss his brothers around. This authority is also claimed by Aapo, as he is the smartest, and Tuomas, as he is the strongest.

No household can survive without a woman’s touch, and the brothers are longing for a woman’s company. They turn their eye to Venla, but her mother takes a dim view of the uncouth brothers and sends them on their way. A boy from Toukola village meets them on the road. He informs them that they cannot marry without being confirmed and cannot be confirmed unless they learn to read. The brothers enter the church precentor’s school, but Juhani’s temper soon gets the better of him because of his slow progress and the precentor’s cane.

The boys run away from school, and the women laugh at them. To top it all, the brothers end up in a fight with the Toukola boys. Lauri declares that the brothers must change their lives and go off into the forest, to Impivaara, to live a life by themselves and for themselves, like in the old days. Although the brothers have little understanding of women, in the forest they recall tales of lovely maidens. Soon bored by the seclusion of Impivaara, the brothers go off to hunt bear. What they find, however, is the forty-strong herd of oxen from Viertola farm. Surrounded, they kill the oxen in a panic to escape.

The brothers must then clear a field for cultivation in the wilds of Impivaara in order to pay for the oxen. In this, they are successful: they are strong, and necessity is a strong motivator. In the autumn, they load up the harvest into a cart and set off to Hämeenlinna to sell the grain. Their heavily loaded cart does not go unnoticed in their home village. Simeon and Eero end up at a party on their way back from the market and are left with little to bring home. By now, however, the villagers have understood that the brothers living in the wilds of Impivaara are hard workers. Should they not come back to Jukola and begin a new life as decent citizens?

The precentor asks to teach Eero, the handy and clever one, to read. Eero, in turn, teaches his brothers to read just well enough to be able to complete confirmation school. A grand party is held to celebrate the brothers’ return to Jukola. The forests of the farm are full of highly desirable timber, and now the brothers finally find success with women too. The extensive lands of Jukola are divided up between the brothers. Simeon, the only brother who never married, stays with Juhani at old Jukola as the bachelor uncle. Eero becomes a lay judge in the village and marries the desirable Anna of Seunala. 

The full synopsis and other background information will be available in the programme leaflet.

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Seitsemän veljestä; Nicholas Ziegler, Teemu Tainio, Aapo Siikala, Michal Krčmář, Ilja Bolotov

“I want my dance language to reflect the brothers’ world, rustic and down-to-earth but aspirational.”

– Marjo Kuusela, choreographer

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