Asia in Helsinki: Gala

The festival gala evenings consist of three performances, includins scenes from the most successful works of Wusheng Company, and a solo act by one of the most well-respected Beijing opera actors of China. The performances are accompanied by musicians from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing.

Length: ca. 2 hours with intermission.

Language: Finnish, with the exception of Lü Suosen’s solo (Chinese).


Acrobatic fight scenes, highly stylised acting, stunning face painting and dramatic costumes – all the quintessential features of genuine Beijing Opera are there. A 45 minute excerpt from the play The Last Warrior, premiered at Helsinki Festival in 2015, is performed.

Original directorLű Suosen
ExerciserAntti Silvennoinen
Finnish TranslationAntti Silvennoinen and Veli Rosenberg
OrchestraNational Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijin
On stageGao Chong: Antti Silvennoinen
Yue Fei: Tero Saarinen
Jin Wuzhu: Elias Edström
Hei Fengli: Ville Seivo
Soldiers: Jaakko Hutchings, Visa Niemelä, Jilka Repo, Valter Sui, Sara Sellberg, Saku Mäkelä, Jesse Liskola and Hannu Pham


Samurai aesthetics, Beijing opera and heavy metal music meet in an intensively beautiful play about the determined acceptance of death. Performed for full houses in 2016 at Theatre WHS Union, a short excerpt of Musashi – The Way of the Sword is seen at the gala.

Director and choreographerAntti Silvennoinen
MusicMarkus Rantanen
On stageValter Sui,
Jakob Johansson and
Ville Seivo
MusiciansMarkus Rantanen,
Juha Pöysä and
Pekka Saarikorpi


An impressive solo act by Lű Suosen, one of the most well-respected Beijing opera actors in China.

DirectorLű Suosen
On stageLű Suosen and Steina Öhman
Performances and ticketsThu 6th October at 7 pm, Stoa. Tickets
Sat 8th October at 7 pm, Stoa. Tickets