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Total duration 2 h 15 min
1 intermission (30 min)
8 performances
20.8.2022 – 9.9.2022
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
17-99 €
Age limit 5 years

The world’s strongest ballet!

Peppi Pitkätossu

Pippi Longstocking is a captivating ballet with a vivaciouse xpression that entertains children and adults alike. The fun and affecting performance charms the audience with a combination of 1950s nostalgia, entertainment, speed and colour.

The characters on stage with the world’s strongest girl are familiar from Astrid Lindgren’s much-loved books: Tommy and Annika, Mr Nielsson, Little Old Man, and of course the world’s strongest girl. The story is easy to follow as a ballet, too. The well-known Pippi melodies featured in the score add yet another reason to smile.

Age limit 5 years.

Tickets to performances in autumn will go on sale 6 April at noon.

Performances and tickets

2 h 15 min
1 intermission (30 min)
8 performances
20.8.2022 – 9.9.2022
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
17-99 €
Age limit 5 years
Sat 20.8.2022
at 18:00
Main Stage
from 17.00 €
Thu 25.8.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 17.00 €
Sat 27.8.2022
at 18:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Fri 2.9.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Sat 3.9.2022
at 14:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Sat 3.9.2022
at 18:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Thu 8.9.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Fri 9.9.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €

Synopsis

Pippi Longstocking moves to Villa Villekulla, a wooden house in a small town, together with her monkey Mr Nielsson and her horse Little Old Man. She makes friends with the children who live next door, Tommy and Annika. Pippi invites Tommy and Annika to Villa Villekulla and makes them pancakes. After their departure Pippi goes to bed. The burglars Thunder-Karlsson and Bloom break into the house, having heard that Pippi has a bag of gold coins. Pippi, however, catches the burglars and forces them to learn dance moves before she lets them go.

When Annika’s mother invites the local ladies for an afternoon coffee, Pippi joins in. With no idea how to behave at such occasions, she causes chaos. During a treasure hunt with Tommy and Annika, she picks up the arm of a mannequin, which makes a wonderful dance partner. The children also meet Miss Bannister who, together with policemen Kling and Klang, attempts to force Pippi to go to school.

School is not for Pippi, however. Instead, she dreams of seeing her father, Efraim, a king in the South Seas. Tommy and Annika are unhappy to hear about Pippi’s plan to travel to the South Seas to meet her father, but their parents promise they can join in on the adventure.

On their way on a ship, the children dive into the sea to explore the exciting underwater world. As they arrive on the island of the South Seas, the locals perform a welcome dance for the guests. Mr. Nielsson gets to meet other monkeys. Thieves try to steal the pearls the children have collected from the sea, but Pippi banishes them with ease. King Efraim organises a party in honour of his daughter. Tommy and Annika feel homesickness and it’s time for the trip to come to an end. The children return to the small town, which has been covered in snow in their absence.

You can read the full synopsis and other background information in the programme leaflet.

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“A wonderful, child-friendly ballet. The plot was easy to follow and interesting, and the sets and costumes were amazing. The scene at the bottom of the sea was fabulous!”

“Absolutely fantastic! I expected some kind of a ”dance theatre”, but the performance was a real ballet triumph! I recommend this to everyone!”

“The performance was a magnificent explosion of colour with beautiful dancing, full of lovely little details. The music, too, was truly fantastic!”

– Audience feedback

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Creative team

Choreography
Pär Isberg
Choreography (street dance)
Karl Dyall
Music
Georg Riedel
Music
Stefan Nilsson
Set design
Bo-Ruben Hedwall
Costumes
Ann-Mari Anttila
Lighting design
Torkel Blomkvist

From street dance to pointe shoes

Peppi Pitkätossu

“My first question was whether Pippi can dance classical ballet – and the answer was no. Classical ballet follows formal rules, and Pippi is a rebel. She must move freely through different dance forms.”

– Choreographer Pär Isberg

More about the production

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The Magic of Handwork: Becoming Mr. Nilsson

The ballet is based on books by Astrid Lindgren. The copyright of Astrid Lindgren’s works in the production of derivative works in Finland is managed by Nordic Drama Corner.

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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 online store.

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.