Finnish National Ballet: Sibelius
Jorma Elo’s new ballet is about Sibelius’ creativity, which inspires him to push forward. Aino and Jean’s burning love and passion is the driving force behind everything.
Jean Sibelius’ life wouldn’t be possible without Aino – her love, creativity and understanding. Though Jean is the main character, the story is both Aino’s and Jean’s. Their love is at the heart of the ballet – it is a constant through the decades, in spite of the obstacles.
Choreographer Jorma Elo’s keen interest in story-form classical ballets in recent years is apparent in the structure and movement language of Sibelius. The classical movement language is only disrupted in the few scenes that take place in the creative world of Aino and Jean’s minds. In those scenes the movement language, too, is fully inspired by the music.
Elo explored Sibelius’s work in depth to find the most suitable music for his ballet. Excerpts from several different pieces come together beautifully in a score that follows the composer’s life. Sibelius’s compositions for the stage, which are particularly fitting to the story, are complemented by pieces close to Elo’s heart, such as the Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 5, and Finlandia.
Set and costume designer Robert Perdziola has found visual inspiration in the paintings of Aino Sibelius’s brother Eero Järnefelt and photos of early 20th century Helsinki.
Recommended for children over the age of 7.
Total duration: 2 h 15 min
Choreography: Jorma Elo
Music: Jean Sibelius, Richard Mahler, Gustav Strauss
Conductor: Olari Elts
Marko Rantanen / Finnish National Opera and Ballet
Finnish National Opera and Ballet
Helsinginkatu 58, Helsinki