Acrobatic fight scenes, highly stylised acting, stunning face painting and dramatic costumes – all the quintessential features of genuine Beijing Opera are there. The cymbals and gongs will ring out, too, but in Helsinki they will be accompanied by dialogue in Finnish.
This warrior’s tale features a star studded cast, with dancer and choreographer Tero Saarinen treading the boards as a great war hero and actor Ville Seivo appearing as an officer. They are joined on stage by Finnish wushu enthusiasts, brought together by Jyri Sucksdorff.
Concept Antti Silvennoinen, Elias Edström
Direction Lü Suosen
On stage Tero Saarinen, Antti Silvennoinen, Elias Edström, Ville Seivo, acrobats, circus students from Turku Arts Academy, a group of wushu enthusiasts, coordinated by Jyri Sucksdorff
Music Traditional Chinese Theatre Orchestra
Lighting design Mikki Kunttu
Venue The Finnish National Theatre, Main Stage, Helsinki and Beijing Xidan Square 13–15 May 2016
In Co-operation with Tero Saarinen Company, Helsinki Festival, Aasia Helsingissä Festival, Centre of International Cultural Exchange, Chinese Ministry of Culture, National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (NACTA)