‘Tero Saarinen – Jean Sibelius: Kullervo’
Presented by YLE – The Finnish Broadcasting Company
The internationally acclaimed Finnish choreographer Tero Saarinen directs a chef d’œuvre of Finnish music, KULLERVO, a symphonic poem by Jean Sibelius. Written for chorus and orchestra and first performed in Helsinki in 1892, KULLERVO describes the tragic tale of Finland’s mythic hero. In 2015, as the musical world celebrated the 150th anniversary of Finland’s greatest composer, Tero Saarinen created his very contemporary and visually stunning stage version of this iconic work of Finnish culture. Saarinen’s compelling interpretation forges together the dancers of the Finnish National Ballet and Tero Saarinen Company with music performed by the FNO orchestra, choir and soloists as well as the Helsinki Philharmonic Chorus.
GENRE Dance and Opera, Live recording STATUS completed PRODUCTION COMPANY Yle, Finnish National Opera, Tero Saarinen Company PRODUCER Tiina Laitinen DIRECTOR Tiina Siniketo EDITOR Irma Degerman GRAPHICS Marjo Salmi AUDIO RECORDED AND MIXED BY Teuvo Lehtinen LIGHTING, SET & SCREEN DESIGN Mikki Kunttu DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Mika Paavilainen DURATION 134' 35'' / 88' 42'' PRODUCTION YEAR 2015 RECORDED Finnish National Opera, 27 February 2015 MUSICAL STYLE Classical music DANCE STYLE Modern dance PIECE Kullervo COMPOSER Jean Sibelius ORCHESTRA Finnish National Opera Orchestra CONDUCTOR Jukka-Pekka Saraste CHOIR Finnish National Opera Chorus STAGE DIRECTOR Tero Saarinen CHOREOGRAPHY BY Tero Saarinen DANCE COMPANY Tero Saarinen Company, Finnish National Ballet COSTUMES Erika Turunen SOLOIST Ville Rusanen, Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, Terhi Räsänen, Samuli Poutanen SOURCE VIDEO/AUDIO HD / Dolby surround 5.1