Tour performance: Petrushka, or How the Magician lost his Might


Tanssijat tanssivat kohtuksessa Petrushka-esityksestä.

AB Dance Company’s new piece is a fairytale for the whole family told through dance. It introduces a magical world with a topical theme: being left out.

Petrushka, or How the Magician lost his Might continues a multi-year saga of works based on classic fairy tales produced by Aurinkobaletti. The work is based on a ballet piece composed by Igor Stravinsky in the 1910s. The old tale has retained its magic in this interpretation, but has had a new world built around in the talented hands of Marjo Kuusela, the choreographer and writer.

In Petrushka’s story, the Magician guides the puppets in his theatre to create the most memorable experience for the audience. He brings his puppets to life to maximise the effect. But not everything is a dance between the animated characters. When someone looks different, dresses differently or doesn’t speak in the same way, for example, they stand out. Then every slightly different manner, word or gesture moves them further and further away from the community of others. What happens when someone is left out? Come and find out.

The performance involves four dancers and other creatures. The Magician in the piece is as powerful, mysterious and strange as he was a hundred years ago. The whole stage is strange − is it a stage at all or a showcase window of a magical shop? The music is old and classical − or is the music upside down too? The dancers’ skill is full of dizzying movement and the stage is full of fun and mischief.

A fairy tale for the whole family, interpreted mainly in the language of dance. No need to know Finnish!



CHOREOGRAPHY AND MANUSCRIPT Marjo Kuusela | DANCE Côme Calmelet-Pyykkö,  Arttu Halmetoja, Linda Holmström and Elina Raiskinmäki | SCENOGRAPHY AND LIGHT DESIGN Magnús Sigurðarson | SOUND DESIGN Valtteri Alanen | PUPPET DESIGN Helena Markku | COSTUME DESIGN Marjo Haapasalo | HAIRSTYLING AND MASK DESIGN Marjo Haapasalo and Helena Markku | PHOTOGRAPHY AND GRAPHIC DESIGN Jussi Virkkumaa | DRAWING Heini Maaranen | PRODUCTION Aurinkobaletti

Premer: 1.3.2024 | Manilla theatre, Turku
Duration: approximately 40 minutes
Age recommendation: +8 years

The performance can be booked for various events and touring.


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Reviews and articles

Currently only available in Finnish:

Suomenvenäläinen ja siksi syrjitty –  Turussa ei haluttu hylätä Petrushkaa, vaan tuoda se nykypäivään (Turun Sanomat 27.2.2024)

Maagikko ohjailee nukkeja Aurinkobaletin uudessa koko perheen tanssisadussa – Petrushka tanssii kohti erilaisuuden hyväksyvää vapautta (Turun Sanomat 4.3.2024)


Trailer of the performance