Swan of Tuonela

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Abstract

Dance and circus performace with contemporary versions of Jean Sibelius’ music

Hands lift skirts up from the black waters of Tuonela, land of the dead. Back arches in a balance defying outreach towards the underworld. Dark figures surround the wanderer on the brinks of Tuonela river.

This international collaboration reinterprets the Swan of Tuonela by Jean Sibelius as a stage performance. New music composed for the performance is in dialogue with Sibelius’ symphonic Lemminkäinen Suite and his piano, violin and cello music.

The renowned Korean choreographer Sungsoo Ahn and Finnish circus pioneer Ville Walo get hold of Sibelius’ composition together with three exceptional musicians. In the hands of these five artists the Swan of Tuonela gets reconnected with contemporary reality by means of inventive remixing, surrealistic acrobatics and fans that flutter as a swan.

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSeoul
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art
EventSwan of Tuonela - Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 15 Dec 201717 Dec 2017

    Research areas

  • contemporary circus, performance, contemporary dance, digital set design, video set design

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