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Show photographer Roosa Oksaharju

The Ballet School Presents: Spring Gala 2023

  • Date

    26.5-27.5.2023

  • Duration

    1 h 50 min, includes an intermission 30 min.

  • Venue

    Erkko Hall

  • Tickets

    29-17 €

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  • schedule

    Fri 26.5.2023 at 18:00


    Sat 27.5.2023 at 15:00


    Sat 27.5.2023 at 18:00

  • 1 h 50 min, includes an intermission 30 min.

The year’s hard work at the Ballet School of the Finnish National Ballet culminates in May at the spring gala, which takes place in the fabulous surroundings of Dance House Helsinki.

The spring gala will be a mixture of classical ballet and contemporary dance, as Pessi and Illusia makes a comeback from last spring and the vocational education students will perform Reija Wäre’s choreography Frame.

Almost the entire Ballet School will be involved in the performance of Pessi and Illusia choreographed by Anandah Kononen. The ballet based on Yrjö Kokko’s fairy-tale is set to music by several Finnish composers.



Everyone gets on stage for Pessi and Illusia

Almost the entire Ballet School will be involved in the performance of Pessi and Illusia choreographed by Anandah Kononen. The ballet is based on Yrjö Kokko’s fairy-tale. Kononen has selected the music for her work from the Finnish composers Erkki Melartin, Armas Järnefelt, Leevi Madetoja and Fredrik Pacius.

The world premiere of the Pessi and Illusia ballet took place on the summer tour of the Finnish National Ballet’s dancers in 1952. Kononen’s version had its world premiere at the Ballet School of the Finnish National Ballet in the centenary year of the Finnish National Ballet in 2022.

Frame showcases vocational students’ contemporary dance prowess

At the spring gala, Reija Wäre’s Frame will be performed for the first time ever to a live audience: the choreography has only ever been seen as a live broadcast. The contemporary dance work performed by the vocational students of the Ballet School of the Finnish National Ballet will feature music from Max Richter, Ólafur Arnalds, René Aubry and Kiasmos.

Reija Wäre’s choreographies, which combine different genres of dance, have attracted widespread attention. The Youth Company of the Finnish National Ballet performed Wäre’s choreography Clique to full houses last year.


The event is organized by the Ballet School of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet.

Tickets are sold by the Opera Ballet.

Note: The Erkko hall stand is steep and there is no lift to the upper section. Only the first row seats are fully accessible. For people with reduced mobility, we recommend buying a seat in the first row.

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