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Total duration 2 h 25 min
2 intermissions (25 min)
6 performances
6.5.2022 – 20.5.2022
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
17-109 €

Three dance works in one evening

In the Finnish National Ballet’s centenary year, Triple Bill showcases three internationally acclaimed Finnish choreographers. The new works by Kenneth Kvarnström, Johanna Nuutinen and Tero Saarinen all share the same lighting designer, Joonas Tikkanen. The costumes are by Erika Turunen and Kenneth Kvarnström. This evening is truly Made in Finland!

Suggested age guidance 7+.

There is a scene in Surge including flashing lights.

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Tickets & Performances

2 h 25 min
2 intermissions (25 min)
6 performances
6.5.2022 – 20.5.2022
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
17-109 €
Thu 19.5.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 39.00 €
Fri 20.5.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 39.00 €
Fri 6.5.2022
at 19:00
Sat 7.5.2022
at 19:00
Fri 13.5.2022
at 19:00
Tue 17.5.2022
at 19:00

Johanna Nuutinen: Surge

Johanna Nuutinen has created cinema and stage productions at the crossroads of visual and performing arts since 2011. Her work has been performed at more than 40 international film festivals and several dance festivals in Finland and abroad. She has also created commissioned works for both the Finnish National Ballet and the West Australian Ballet. Before embarking on a freelance career in 2017, she was a dancer at the Finnish National Ballet.

In Johanna Nuutinen’s choreography, the world surges over the audience in a riptide of overwhelming, shattering stimulation. The concept of happiness as constantly increasing consumption has worn out both itself and humanity. Nuutinen pulls the audience through chaos into the eye of the storm, where all-encompassing peace is finally found. Lauri Porra’s newly composed score and Tuomas Norvio’s sound design create a powerful framework for a highly affecting experience. 

Nuutinen talks about Surge

Johanna Nuutinen

“Will we only see the clarity of the moment in the chaos when we take the time to face both ourselves and each other?”

– Johanna Nuutinen

Kenneth Kvarnström: Boléro 2.0

Kenneth Kvarnström is an experienced choreographer with an illustrious career in Finland and Sweden. He founded his own dance group in 1987. In addition to his achievements as a choreographer, he has also worked as the director of the Helsinki City Theatre dance group and the prestigious Dansens Hus in Stockholm. His previous production seen at the Finnish National Ballet was Hohto/Shine in 2009. 

Kvarnström’s latest production is like a tapestry woven differently every time. The dancers themselves can determine their entrance and exit from the choreography, making each performance unique depending on their choices. The musical score is Boléro by Maurice Ravel, which Kvarnström had also used in another choreography 15 years ago. This time, however, he tackles the music from a different choreographic standpoint. A continuously changing visual experience, a combination of paintings, lights, and projections, serves as the backdrop for the dancing.

Kvarnström and dancers talk about Boléro 2.0

Kenneth Kvarnström

“For a long time, I have pondered what the concept of performing arts means to me… It is an expression and a phenomenon that inspires me. Performing arts mix several ways of expression and combine them into an entity that escapes definition.”

– Kenneth Kvarnström

Tero Saarinen: Wedge

During his impressive international career as a dancer and choreographer, Tero Saarinen has created more than 40 world premieres. These include choreographies for the Tero Saarinen Company, which he founded 25 years ago, and other dance groups worldwide. Saarinen’s previous choreography for the Finnish National Ballet was Kullervo, a full-length creation.

In his new work to the Cello Concerto of Esa-Pekka Salonen, dance, sound and light are wedged together in the interface between chaos and order, defenselessness and safety, and the experience of the transience of existence. It continues Saarinen and Salonen’s collaboration, which started with Saarinen’s choreography Morphed, seen on the Main Stage of the Opera House during the Helsinki Festival in 2014. The costumes are also by Saarinen’s trusted collaboration partner, Erika Turunen. Turunen has designed the costumes for many of Saarinen’s works over more than 20 years.

Saarinen talks about Wedge

“As soon as I heard it, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Cello Concerto made my imagination run wild and challenged my thinking towards creating a group production of a larger scale.”

– Tero Saarinen

Gallery

Creative team

Surge
Choreography
Johanna Nuutinen
Music
Lauri Porra
Sound design
Tuomas Norvio
Sets, lighting design, projection design
Joonas Tikkanen
Costumes
Erika Turunen
Dramaturge
Jarkko Lehmus
Boléro 2.0
Choreography, sets, costumes
Kenneth Kvarnström
Music
Maurice Ravel
Lighting design, projection design
Joonas Tikkanen
Wedge
Choreography
Tero Saarinen
Sets, lighting design, projections
Joonas Tikkanen
Costumes
Erika Turunen

Cast

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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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