suomeksi / in English

• Manuscript
JULIA VUORI and TUOMO RAILO

• Choreography
TUOMO RAILO

• Composer
SIMO HEISKANEN

• Set designer
METTI NORDIN

• Costume designer
MARJA UUSITALO

• Lightning designer
PASI PEHKONEN

• Dancers
SIMO HEISKANEN, PIA KESKINEN/ANNE RAUDASKOSKI, TUOMO RAILO, MAMMU RANKANEN/LAURA FRÖSEN, RIIKKA RÄSÄNEN

• duration 50 min.






 

THE PIG BALLET

The Pig Ballet is a dance performance for the whole family. It is based on Julia Vuori's comic strip Sika (Pig).The Pig Ballet shows the delightful, melancholy and rich picture… world as a three-dimensional stage interpretation…

The Pig Ballet is a story of Pig's birthday in the summer. In the morning, Pig wakes up to the singing of a choir of red sparrows. Pig celebrates her birthday together with her friends Badger, Cow and Penguin. The party is, however, overshadowed by the fact that Pig's pot plant Ceriman suffers from burn-out. In spite of vigorous attempts to resuscitate him, Pig does not succeed in bringing life into Ceriman., and neither do Cow's or Badger's dance performances stimulate the plant who seems to pine away. Luckily, the inventive Penguin discovers a suitable form of therapy for Ceriman. Also Pig's childhood friend, Sorrow the black pig, joins the birthday party. The joy of reunion is, however, interrupted by two masked robbers, who are after the strongbox…
The work follows an episodic dramaturgy, in which chance, self-created rituals and philosophic reasoning unite into fresh humour, situation comedy and a touch of tension. The performance is a story of the power of fantasy.

The choir of red sparrows is created with mechanical puppets. The basis of the visualisation of the story was to stay faithful to Vuori's images. The characters were created to be as similar with the originals as possible. In the set design the proportions of Vuori's illustrations have been maintained, e.g. by making the scene change in a surprising way and by adding lots of details into Pig's home.

"The world of The Pig Ballet is totally free of cynicism, as is the comic strip. The most important things in the world are birthdays and friends. That is why this performance works on us adults too - we who are tired of perpetual sarcasm." (Jussi Tossavainen, Helsingin Sanomat)

Premiered at The Cultural Centre of Espoo, Louhi Hall, on August 30, 2001.