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Total duration 1 h 30 min
no intermission
9 performances
3.4.2020 – 19.5.2020
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
46-99€
COW, photo T.M. Rives

Absurd comedy meets energetic dance

The fast-paced and surprising COW is awash with absurd comedy, but at the same time it challenges the audience’s preconceptions about themselves and society. This striking production is an outrageous, satirical journey with no unnecessary lulls. The performance of an hour and a half packs in 12 scenes of energetic dance, which pay homage to neoclassical ballet and even the legendary dance work The Rite of Spring. At the core of everything there is, of course, a COW.

Recommended for children over the age of 7. 

COW

Ekman tests the boundaries of ballet

The Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman, one of today’s hottest names in contemporary ballet, impressed Finnish audiences a few years back with his production Episode 31. Now, for the first time ever in Finland, the Finnish National Ballet presents a night completely dedicated to Ekman’s work.

Ekman wants his work to appeal to younger viewers, too, as he is concerned that too slow-paced and long productions will bore them. He even goes as far as to question whether we even need ballet. The German press has described Ekman as being ”as radically liberating as the cool northerly wind.”

COW

New music and costumes by the pioneer of contemporary fashion

Originally from Sweden, composer Mikael Karlsson currently works in New York. His score will be played from a recording. Karlsson is Ekman’s trusted composer partner, who has created the music for several of Ekman’s most important works. He has also composed, for example, for contemporary opera and video games.

The costumes of the production are by the Danish Fashion designer Henrik Vibskov. The Design Museum, while hosting an exhibition of Vibskov’s work, described him as the pioneer of contemporary fashion and likened him to Gyro Gearloose, the unorthodox inventor of the Donald Duck comics. This helps explain why his imaginative visual approach is a perfect match for Ekman’s absurd productions.

#COW #FNBCOW

COW, photo T.M.Rives

“Before starting to work on any new production, I ask myself the most important question: why do we need it?”

– Alexander Ekman, choreographer

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Creative team

Choreography, set design, lighting design
Alexander Ekman
Music (recording)
Mikael Karlsson
Costumes
Henrik Vibskov
Sound design
Erno Hulkkonen
Video
T.M. Rives

A Dresden Semperoper production

Image credit: T. M. Rivers / Semperoper Dresden

Performances & Tickets

1 h 30 min
no intermission
9 performances
3.4.2020 – 19.5.2020
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
46-99€
Fri 3.4.2020
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Sat 4.4.2020
at 14:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Wed 15.4.2020
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Fri 17.4.2020
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Wed 22.4.2020
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Thu 23.4.2020
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Thu 30.4.2020
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Tue 19.5.2020
at 12:00
Päänäyttämö
sold out
Tue 19.5.2020
at 16:00
Päänäyttämö
sold out

You can buy individual tickets for season 2019–2020 performances in our online store at a 10% discount until 15 June. This discount only applies to normal priced tickets (not the H price category) to Main Stage performances. The discount is not given for tickets to visiting productions. Refreshment sales will start later in April.

Order refreshments online

Afternoon Tea

Sweet and savoury treats

Choose your favourite refreshments from this season’s tasty menu. You can easily add refreshments to your shopping basket while selecting tickets in our new online store. Refreshment sales for season 2019–2020 will start later in April.

The services of the Opera Restaurant are available before performances and during the interval. Order beforehand and avoid the queues.

Please note that we cannot guarantee a specific table for orders made via the online store. We may also seat several parties at the same table. You may be assigned a bar height table for enjoying refreshments standing up.