DANCE

 

Swan of Tuonela

September 21 & 22, 2016, Finland

A collaboration w/Hauschka, Samuli Kosminen & Markus Hohti

Director

Ville Walo

Music

Jean Sibelius, Hauschka, Samuli Kosminen & Markus Hohti 

 

 

The swan of death clashes with everyday reality. Melancholic tones are fought with muscle exercises. Classic ballet movements twist out oftheir places. From underneath traditional beauty a raw and ludicrous combat breaks through.

 

The dismembered body parts of a marionette get tangled with human limbs and a skull grimaces happily amid the danse macabre.

Poetic orchestra music rips apart to reveal its flesh and bones. High

culture shows its bloody roots below the charming surface and breaks

to liberating laughter. What doesn’t kill makes stronger.

 

Premiere

September 26, 2015 at Verkatehdas, Hämeenlinna (FN)

& October 23, 2015 at Seoul Arts Center, Seoul (SK)

This international collaboration reinterprets the Swan of Tuonela by Jean Sibelius as a stage performance. New music composed for the

performance is in dialogue with Sibelius’ symphonic Lemminkäinen

Suite and his piano, violin and cello music.

 

Dance and circus performace with contemporary versions of Jean Sibelius’music Hands lift skirts up from the black waters of Tuonela, land of the dead. Back arches in a balance defying outreach towards the underworld. Dark figures surround the wanderer on the brinks of

Tuonela river.

A folklore hero hunts for a plastic swan, and a fairytale bride

pole dances in the mast of her worn down vessel. Mythic past from

Finnish Kalevala folk stories is bent to new angles. The performance

sails from dramatic to ridiculous. It brings the Swan of Tuonela to

international waters, to collision points between contemporary border zones and and classical art.

 

This international collaboration reinterprets the Swan of Tuonela

by Jean Sibelius as a stage performance. New music composed for the performance is in dialogue with Sibelius’ symphonic Lemminkäinen Suite and his piano, violin and cello music.

The renowned Korean choreographer Sungsoo Ahn and Finnish circus pioneer Ville Walo get hold of Sibelius’ composition together with three exceptional musicians. In the hands of these five artists the Swan of Tuonela gets reconnected with contemporary reality by means of inventive remixing, surrealistic acrobatics and fans that flutter as a swan.

Details

Direction: Ville Walo

Choreography: Sungsoo Ahn

Performers: Ville Walo, Noora Juppi, Juhee Lee, Hyun Kim, Jeeyeun Kim, Heehwon Yang & HKZ (Hauschka, Samuli Kosminen & Jeffrey Ziegler)

Sound Design: Heikki Iso-Ahola

Music Composition: Jean Sibelius, Samuli Kosminen, Hauschka & Jeffrey Zeigler

Lighting: Jere Mönkkönen

Projection Design: Matti Niinimäki

Sets & Costumes: Anne Jämsä

Production: WHS & Sungsoo Ahn Pick-up Group

Co-Production: Verkatehdas & Seoul Arts Center

 

Swan of Tuonela from WHS on Vimeo.

 

 

 

 

 

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