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Total duration 2 h 40 min
1 intermission (30 min)
25 performances
3.11.2017 – 9.2.2018
Ballets
Main auditorium
tickets
16-129 €

Crossover extravaganza by ballet director Kenneth Greve

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet is making a huge investment in the Finland 100 celebrations with a blockbuster production focusing on Finland’s history – and future.

The Land of Kalevala ballet spectacle by Kenneth Greve will be premiered on 3 November 2017. Its story touches on milestone moments in Finnish history and culture with a bold combination of various art forms. The end result will be a playful, touching and slightly mad production that can only be the work of an outside observer. Land of Kalevala is at once a thank-you to, a celebration of and a wake-up call for the Finnish nation. It probes deep into the core of what it is to be Finnish. Do we understand our roots? Do we know where we are going? Do we still have the stamina to dig through grey rock, as the saying goes?

Recommended for children over the age of 9.

Land of Kalevala Aino

This is not the familiar tale of the Kalevala. This is about the country in which the Kalevala takes root.

Land of Kalevala

“Danes have hygge, but Finns have sisu. I admire the guts and power that you can find in this society and in Finnish history. I want to challenge Finns to rediscover their sisu for the next 100 years,”

– Kenneth Greve

Land of Kalevala Sisu

Do we still have Sisu?”

Pre-performance tour builds up the atmosphere

Land of Kalevala

Land of Kalevala is more than just the performance – join us on a walking tour at the Opera House

To get in the mood for the performance, the audience of Land of Kalevala can join us on an exciting walking tour behind the scenes of the Opera House. The route of the guided tour features a variety of fascinating surprises. Participation is voluntary and included in the ticket price. The tour group meets in the Almi Hall Foyer 50 minutes before the performance.

As the tour includes stairs and narrow, dimly lit corridors, it is not suitable for young children or people with reduced mobility. It is also possible to discover the tour content and sense the atmosphere via a video shown on the screens of the Opera Restaurant, located in the Main Foyer on the city centre side of the building.

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Land of Kalevala Pohjan Akka

The story runs from ancient mysticism to modern times, carried by familiar heroes.

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Land of Kalevala

Finnish musical memories

The iconic moments of Finnish history will be underpinned by Finnish musical memories across genre boundaries. The music is being compiled by Tuomas Kantelinen, who will also be providing some original music. The performing ensemble will include internationally known Finnish modern folk musicians such as accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen and the band Värttinä. The Chorus and Orchestra of the FNO will also be there.

Land of Kalevala

Musical bouquet

The storyon Land of Kalevala  incorporates ancient mysticism, well-known heroes, new interpretations and an important look at the 100 years of independent Finland. Tuomas Kantelinen and Kenneth Greve went through dozens of proposals for the music selection of the piece. In Land of Kalevala you can hear for example music from Uuno Klami, Jean Sbelius, Värttinä and mass hits from recent years.

Land of Kalevala

“The main criteria for the music selections were that they should suit the story and movement language of the ballet, carry the narrative and support the dance. Musically, the production will be a veritable bouquet featuring many colours and many composers – including some real surprises!”

– Tuomas Kantelinen

Costume sketches by Erika Turunen

Kalevala Koru - Kalevala Jewelry

FNOB to partner with Kalevala Jewelry

Kalevala Jewelry will design a necklace inspired by The Land of Kalevala production.

“I am pleased for us to have the opportunity to design an item of jewellery based on Kenneth Greve’s The Land of Kalevala. Kalevala Jewelry and The Land of Kalevala share the same foundation of Finnish themes, so this partnership is an excellent fit,” says Riitta Huuhtanen, Managing Director of Kalevala Jewelry.

Creative team

Music
kooste / collage
Musical advisor
Tuomas Kantelinen
Set, lighting and projection design
Mikki Kunttu
Costumes
Erika Turunen
Dramaturgy
Pirjo Toikka

Cast

Tickets

2 h 40 min
1 intermission (30 min)
25 performances
3.11.2017 – 9.2.2018
Ballets
Main auditorium
tickets
16-129 €
Fri 24.11.2017
at 19:00
sold out
Sat 25.11.2017
at 14:00
left
Sat 25.11.2017
at 19:00
on sale
Sat 13.1.2018
at 14:00
on sale
Sat 13.1.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Fri 19.1.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Sat 20.1.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Thu 25.1.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Sat 27.1.2018
at 14:00
on sale
Sat 27.1.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Tue 30.1.2018
at 12:00
sold out
Thu 1.2.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Sat 3.2.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Fri 9.2.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Fri 3.11.2017
at 19:00
Wed 8.11.2017
at 19:00
Fri 10.11.2017
at 19:00
Sat 11.11.2017
at 14:00
Sat 11.11.2017
at 19:00
Tue 14.11.2017
at 19:00
Wed 15.11.2017
at 19:00
Thu 16.11.2017
at 19:00
Sat 18.11.2017
at 14:00
Sat 18.11.2017
at 19:00
Wed 22.11.2017
at 19:00

To get in the mood for the performance, the audience of Land of Kalevala can join us on an exciting walking tour behind the scenes of the Opera House. The route of the guided tour features a variety of fascinating surprises. Participation is voluntary and included in the ticket price. The tour group meets in the Almi Hall Foyer 50 minutes before the performance. As the tour includes stairs and narrow, dimly lit corridors, it is not suitable for young children or people with reduced mobility. It is also possible to discover the tour content and sense the atmosphere via a video shown on the screens of the Opera Restaurant, located in the Main Foyer on the city centre side of the building.

The performance includes wind effects and loud noises. Recommended age 9+.

Land of Kalevala is part of the programme for Finland’s centenary of independence.

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Buy a season ticket and get benefits

If you visit us several times a year and would like to ensure that you get a seat at future premieres, the season ticket is a perfect choice for you.  As a season ticket holder, you will receive discounts and benefits and a designated seat in the auditorium.

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Opera Restaurant sales desk
Tel. +358 9 4030 2377 on weekdays 09.00–11.00 and 12.00–16.00
Service desk beside the box office in the Opera House foyer on the Töölönlahti side open from Tuesday to Friday 12.00–16.00
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