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AB Dance Company’s new dance piece leads us to surrealistic and comical dinner party where guests get possessed by dance. Starting as a formal occasion, the dinner party – as you may guess – doesn’t go smoothly by the rules of the Golden Book of Behavior. The will be also uninvited guests coming and going. What exactly will follow from all this?

“In my career as a choreographer, I have often been interested in dramatic situations where people have somehow been dropped into a space, place or environment where they can’t be or where they obviously don’t belong. And that’s why they dance. Twists and turns may seem comical, but in the inner reality of individuals, something more than a laughter explodes.”

Illallisvieraita is the first choreography for AB Dance Company by choreographer and dance artist Jyrki Karttunen. The piece was included in the Art Testers funded by Ministry of Education and Culture, Finnish Cultural Foundation and Svenska kulturfonden in autumn 2021.



CHOREOGRAPHY Jyrki Karttunen | DANCE Linda Björkqvist, Côme Calmelet-Pyykkö, Patrick Di Quirico and Elina Raiskinmäki | COSTUME DESIGN AND SCENOGRAPHY Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila | LIGHT DESIGN Magnús Sigurðarson | SOUND DESIGN Jaakko Salonen | PHOTOGRAPHY AND GRAPHIC DESIGN Jussi Virkkumaa | PRODUCTION Aurinkobaletti

Premiere: 12.11.2021 | Manilla, Turku
Duration: approximately 60 min
Age recommendation: +12 years



Thu 2.3. at 18.00
Fri 3.3. at 18.00
Sat 4.3. at 19.00
Thu 9.3. at 18.00
Fri 10.3. at 19.00
Sat 11.3. at 19.00



25 € single ticket
23 € pensioners
15 € students, children (under 18 years), unemployed persons, and persons in civil service or in the army.

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VIDEO Jussi Virkkumaa | DANCE Linda Björkqvist, Côme Calmelet-Pyykkö, Patrick Di Quirico, and Elina Raiskinmäki.

How the performace was produced (video in Finnish)

In the video interviews the choreographer Jyrki Karttunen, the dancers and the other professionals in the crew tell about their roles and the process of producing the performance.

Reviews and articles

Currently only available in Finnish:

Suveräna scenkonstnärer bjuder på varmhjärtad seans (Hufvudstadsbladet 30.11.2021)

Jyrki Karttusen ensimmäinen vierailu Aurinkobaletissa tuo näyttämölle komeat illalliskutsut, mutta ulkokuorien alta paljastuu outouksia (Turun Sanomat 13.11.2021)

Aurinkobaletin Illallisvieraita-teos kattaa kauhukuvaston ja pop-viittaukset juhlaksi elämälle (Arjen pilkahduksia 21.11.2021)

Illallisvieraita (Yökukkujan sekalaiset 3.12.2021)

Jyrki Karttunen otti tanssiteokseensa vaikutteita spiritismistä ja saippuasarjoista – katso videolta maistiainen (Turun Sanomat 10.11.2021)

Jyrki Karttusen tanssiteos huipentaa Aurinkobaletin juhlavuoden (Aamuset 10.11.2021)