suomeksi / in English

• choreography
TUOMO RAILO

• set designer
METTI NORDIN

• costume designer
MARJA UUSITALO

• lightning designer
PASI PEHKONEN

• arrangement
JANI KYLLÖNEN

• dancers
ILONA KEÑOVÁ, SAKU KOISTINEN, JOUNI MAJANIEMI, KAISA NIEMI, VILLE OINONEN, TERHI VAIMALA

• musicians
RITVA KOISTINEN, TIIA IGNATIUS, ESKO LÅNG, RIIKKA KOKKONEN

• duration 1 h 15 min.

• for ages 3 years and up

 

PESSI and ILLUSIA

"Pessi and Illusia is a piece of exceptionally ambitious children’s theater."
(Jukka O. Miettinen, Helsingin Sanomat)

The fairy tale by Yrjö Kokko is a classic of Finnish children’s literature. This story with many dimensions connects fairy tale with natural phenomena.

The fairy Illusia and the goblin Pessi meet. Pessi, who has only recently become independent, is a member of the Pessimists’ family. They are proud of their practical and sensible attitude to life. Illusia’s father, on the other hand, is Mr Illusioni, a famous visionary living on a rainbow.

Illusia wants to wander on the Earth, even if she does not have her father’s permission to leave the rainbow. Illusia and Pessi meet and an exciting and enchanting fairy tale begins.

The world’s flora and fauna have their social order, which is shaken by the war of people. Pessi and Illusia’s life in the woods is full of surprising challenges. Beasts begin to spread in the ruins of war and Illusia loses her wings to the vile Spider.

Kokko’s fairy tale was interpreted in the language of dance for the first time in 1952 by The Finnish National Ballet. The music was composed by Ahti Sonninen. Even Glims & Gloms’ interpretation makes use of Sonninen’s music arranged by Jani Kyllönen for four musicians.

The premiere was at Helsinki Festival 14 August, 2009 at the Espoo Cultural Center.

Duration 1h 15 min. For ages 3 years and up.

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