Dance House Helsinki brings three top groups in European contemporary dance to Finland


Rosas, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and Lyon Opera Ballet will open the international guest artist series at Dance House Helsinki.

The series kicks off in June with the Rosas group of Belgian choreographer and dance artist Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, and the new production Mystery Sonatas / for Rosa. Tanztheater Wuppertal, founded by the legendary Pina Bausch, brings the Vollmond (Full Moon) production to Dance House in November.

Both of these choreographers belong to the canon of contemporary dance, and they have had a significant impact on the development of the entire art form. The performances give Dance House Helsinki’s audience a chance to see today’s top talent in dance and current productions from the groups’ extensive repertoires. In connection with the performances, there will be other events, including workshops, lectures and artist meetings.

The series is arranged with support from Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation and continues with a visit from Lyon Opera Ballet in spring 2023. Guest artists for late 2023 will be announced later.

Mystery Sonatas / for Rosa © Anne Van Aerschot

Mystery Sonatas / for Rosa © Anne Van Aerschot

Mystery sonatas / for Rosa combines music and movement

15–16 June
Rosas: Mystery Sonatas / for Rosa

The relationship between music and movement is a central and lasting source of interest to De Keersmaeker. The choreography of Mystery sonatas / for Rosa, which premiered in February 2022, establishes a partnership with the Mystery Sonatas of Baroque composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber. The performance of this impressive work of art combines music performed by a five-person baroque orchestra led by Amandine Beyer, dance, and lighting provided by skilled Finnish designer Finnish Minna Tikkanen.

Vollmond (Full Moon) Ensemble © Laurent Philippe

Vollmond (Full Moon) Ensemble © Laurent Philippe

Vollmond (Full Moon) is one of the central late works of choreographer Pina Bausch

3–5 November
Tanztheater Wuppertal / Vollmond

Pina Bausch, who passed away in 2009, was one of the most remarkable and renowned creators and pioneers of dance theatre and contemporary dance of our time. In her career, which spanned over 30 years, Bausch created dozens of productions that are still performed around the world. Vollmond (Full Moon) is one of her central late works, and it has been received with acclaim ever since its premiere in 2006. Vollmond highlights the deep humanity of dancers of different ages and backgrounds, focusing on the conflicts of being human. Tickets will go on sale in August.

Dance House Helsinki, which opened its doors in February 2022, is the first performance and event space in Finland dedicated to dance. It provides a spectacular setting for performing and experiencing dance and circus all year round. The dance house offers both domestic and international dance and performing arts performances. Dance House Helsinki’s programme consists of programme content produced by different cultural operators and Dance House Helsinki’s own programme project activities. The operations of Dance House Helsinki are supported by the City of Helsinki and Arts Promotion Centre Finland. Dance House Helsinki’s SPARKS programme, which is to be implemented in 2020–2023, is supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, and the international visiting programme, which is to be implemented in the opening years 2022–2023, is supported by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.