Finnish National Ballet’s Centenary Gala
The 100th anniversary celebrations of the Finnish National Ballet culminate in an unforgettable Centenary Gala at the end of May.
The Gala will feature excerpts of the most memorable productions of the Finnish National Ballet and stellar visiting artists from around the world. The Centenary Gala is a one-off performance, so book your tickets early – they’ll sell out in no time! Tickets come on sale on 31 August at 12:00.
The ballet group of the Finnish Opera was established at the Alexander Theatre in Helsinki in 1922, just over four years after Finland gained independence. The first performance on 17 January 1922 was Swan Lake, which the ballet master of the new group, George Gé, had discovered in St. Petersburg before the revolution. Finland had the privilege to see Swan Lake performed by a native ballet group before any other Western European country.
The Finnish National Opera embraced ballet permanently, building its international reputation on several tours after the two World Wars. The genre was introduced around Finland during ballet dancers’ summer tours in the 1950s. The group adopted the name Finnish National Ballet in the 1970s. Today it represents an equal half of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet.
Total duration: 2 h 45 min