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Total duration 1 h 30 min
no intermission
7 performances
16.9.2019 – 21.9.2019
Guest performances
Almi Hall
tickets
10/42 €
Performed in Swedish and English

A new composition based on the epic poem

American composer Robert Maggio’s composition fills the Almi Hall stage with heavenly new music, virtuoso talent and disparate art forms, including a chamber choir of 16 singers and Beijing Opera, which combines singing with physical movement. This holistic synthesis of the arts is based on Harry Martinson’s classic poem Aniara: A Review of Man in Time and Space. It dives deep into the poetic universe of the Nobel laureate author in the spirit of the original work, asking questions about freedom, responsibility and our contradictory love for each other and our planet.

Recommended for children over the age of 12.

A visually imposing work of art

Aniara

”There is protection from near everything
from fire and damages by storm and frost,
oh, add whichever blows may come to mind.
But there is no protection from mankind.”

 

The vibrant and clear soundscape of the science fiction inspired composition needed a visual setting to match. The exceptional look and feel of the stage with its multi-dimensional video projections is by Joonas Tikkanen. Erika Turunen, who’s created the costumes for the production, is one of Finland’s foremost designers in her field.

The Grammy-awarded choir’s first visit to Finland

Klockriketeatern from Helsinki and The Crossing choir from Philadelphia fuse their talents in this choral-theatre production, which will premiere in Philadelphia on 20 June 2019. The Crossing is a critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning professional choir, famed for its open-minded attitude to art and the uncompromising quality of its performances. The Crossing tours extensively around the United States. In 2019, the choir will perform, amongst other venues, at Lincoln Center in New York and Walt Disney Music Hall in Los Angeles. Aniara: Fragments of Time and Space is its first performance in Finland.

The production also features the Wusheng Company, a Finnish group which specialises in Beijing Opera. The group’s founder and artistic director, Antti Silvennoinen, has a double role in Aniara as both choreographer and performer.

Music Robert Maggio
Librettist and director Dan Henriksson
Conductor Donald Nally
Choreography Antti Silvennoinen (Wusheng Company)
Sound Design Paul Vazquez
Video, lights, sets Joonas Tikkanen
Costumes Erika Turunen

Aniara is a co-production of Klockriketeatern and The Crossing.

Read more about Aniara: http://aniara.crossingchoir.org
https://klockrike.fi/fi/tuotannot/aniara_2019/

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Aniara

Harry Martinson’s sombre poem from 1956 has proven surprisingly visionary. The themes of the poem, labelled as science fiction, regularly feature in today’s news broadcasts: the self-inflicted annihilation of humanity by destroying the environment, the threat of weapons of mass destruction, irresponsible use of power, radical escapism, and lack of opportunities. The collective despair is muted by a withdrawal to virtual reality, or a total denial of the real world.

How can we avoid sharing Aniara’s fate?

Synopsis

The events take place in the distant future, after the new ice age. The technological prowess of humankind is at its peak, and interplanetary flights are commonplace. In spite of these advances, the era is defined by indifference and cruelty. Earth has been severely polluted by nuclear war and humans are escaping to the nearby planets of Venus and Mars. The luxurious spaceship Aniara is carrying 8,000 people towards Mars when it collides with a meteor. The ship veers off course and careens out of the solar system. Those traveling on Aniara face an eternal journey into the Lyra constellation.

The crew’s attempts to return Aniara on course are futile. The passengers slowly adapt to the new status quo, each in their own way. Different cults are formed to alleviate the anguish. The situation brings out the best and the worst of humanity. As Aniara glides through space, there’s an opportunity to ponder great philosophical questions. The AI creature Miima plays a central role, showing the passengers consoling images of Earth. Miima is venerated until a decisive turn of events changes everything. Both Miima and the Aniara community head toward destruction.

Performances and tickets

1 h 30 min
no intermission
7 performances
16.9.2019 – 21.9.2019
Guest performances
Almi Hall
tickets
10/42 €
Performed in Swedish and English
Mon 16.9.2019
at 19:00
Alminsali
only few left
Tue 17.9.2019
at 19:00
Alminsali
on sale
Wed 18.9.2019
at 19:00
Alminsali
on sale
Thu 19.9.2019
at 19:00
Alminsali
on sale
Fri 20.9.2019
at 19:00
Alminsali
on sale
Sat 21.9.2019
at 14:00
Alminsali
on sale
Sat 21.9.2019
at 19:00
Alminsali
on sale

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.

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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.