The Finnish National Ballet celebrates its centenary in 2022


Next spring will be a tribute to glorious Finland-themed premieres and meaningful classics. In summer 2022, the company will get a new artistic director, as Madeleine Onne will be leaving her post, after a four-year period.

Tripla: Made in Finland premieres Kenneth Kvarnström's, Johanna Nuutinen's and Tero Saarinen's new works. © Sören Vilks, Tuukka Koski & David Thibel

Tripla: Made in Finland premieres Kenneth Kvarnström’s, Johanna Nuutinen’s and Tero Saarinen’s new works. © Sören Vilks, Tuukka Koski & David Thibel

The spring season of the centenary of the Finnish National Ballet begins in January 2022 with choreographer David McAllister’s new version of Swan Lake. The classic has a long history at the company: Swan Lake was premiered in January 1922 as Finnish National Ballet’s first ever production.

Choreographer Jorma Elo’s new ballet Sibelius continues the centenary celebrations in february. The ballet tells the love story of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and his wife Aino Sibelius.

The Seven Brothers by Aleksis Kivi, following the Jukola brothers’ adventures and mishaps, is a story known to all Finns. It was first turned into a choreography by Marjo Kuusela in 1980. Today, it is one of the landmark works of the Finnish ballet canon – to honour the centenary year, the classic will return to the repertoire in April 2022.

To observe the landmark year of Finnish dance, the Finnish National Ballet will showcase new works by Johanna Nuutinen, Kenneth Kvarnström and Tero Saarinen, three internationally acclaimed top choreographers from Finland. Triple Bill: Made in Finland will premiere on the main stage in May 2022.

A spring season finale, the Centenary Gala of the Finnish National Ballet on 28 May features excerpts of unforgettable productions and stellar visiting artists. The centenary programme will continue throughout the year at and beyond the Opera House, as well as online.

New Artistic Director for Finnish National Ballet in summer 2022

Madeleine Onne, Artistic Director of the Finnish National Ballet, will be leaving her post in June 2022. She started as director in the FNB in August 2018 for a four-year period and does not wish to exercise her contractual option for a further three-year period. Onne decided not to use the possibility to continue and instead focus on new challenges.

“Next season we will have a fantastic year when we celebrate FNB 100 years with a program I am sure will be highly appreciated by our audience. For the moment, most of all I look forward to meeting our audience again – hopefully with full auditoriums. If anything, the pandemic has taught us the importance of arts!”