The Asia in Helsinki Festival has brought theatre, dance and music companies from different parts of Asia to Helsinki already for twenty years. For its 20th edition, the festival showcases how the Chinese traditional theatre of many hundred years lives in Helsinki today. The festival programme offers a vibrant cross-section into the repertoire of the Finnish Wusheng Company. Founded in 2011, Wusheng Company is the only professional theatre group specialized in Beijing opera outside of China.

Festival programme:

Wed 5th October at 7pm: The Righteous General is Banished
Thu 6th of October at 7pm: Gala
Fri 7th of October at 7pm: The Righteous General is Banished
Sat 8th of October at 5pm: Seminar (free admission)
Sat 8th of October at 7pm: Gala
Sun 9th of October at 3pm: The Righteous General is Banished

Venue: Cultural Centre Stoa, Turunlinnantie 1

Tickets 25/15€, Ticketmaster. Presentation of works 30 min prior to each performance at Stoa café.

The festival programme features the Chinese classic opera The Righteous General is Banished, which culminates in perhaps the most famous martial arts scene of Chinese theatre. The Gala evenings include scenes from three performances, including an excerpt of The Last Warrior, performed successfully at the Helsinki Festival in 2015. The Gala programme additionally features an impressive solo act by Lü Suosen, one of the most respected Beijing opera actors in China. The performances are accompanied by musicians from the Traditional Chinese Theatre Academy in Beijing.

Saturday’s seminar maps the two decades of the festival in an entertaining manner including video examples.

The language of all performances is Finnish, with the exception of Lü Suosen’s solo (Chinese).




Nothing Found

Sorry, what you are looking for isn't here.


Hidden Faces

Wusheng Company’s latest production is drawn from and inspired by Japanese ghost stories. Hidden Faces is a beautiful and sensitive story about two sisters and […]
Nov 11, 2017 /

Musashi – The Way of the Sword

Concept, direction and choreography Antti Silvennoinen Music Markus Rantanen Lightning design Jere Mönkkönen On stage Ville Seivo, Jakob Johansson and Valter Sui Musicians Markus Rantanen, Pekka Saarikorpi and Juha Pöysä Venue WHS Theatre Union, Helsinki and Wasa Teater, Vaasa, […]
May 17, 2016 /

The Last Warrior

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 […]
May 16, 2016 /

The Guard - an everyday hero

The country's mail delivery system is in danger! The Guard - an everyday hero is an eventful and comical story about a Finnish guard's night shift […]
May 15, 2016 /

Pohjatuulen kolme lahjaa

An exciting Beijing opera inspired comedy which is suitable for everyone over the age of five. Director Antti Silvennoinen Skenograph Antti Silvennoinen ja Terttu Torkkola (2017) Music Markus […]
May 15, 2016 /

The Righteous General is Banished

A classical play from the Ming dynasty. Adaptation and Director Lü Suosen Performers Elias Edström, Antti Silvennoinen, Julia Johansson, Timothy Pilotti, Ville Seivo and Simon Strömsund Orchestra National Academy of Chinese Theatre […]
May 14, 2016 /

Fight in the dark

Perhaps the most well known Beijing opera play of all time which is actually included in the play The righteous General is Banished. This two […]
May 13, 2016 /

Epäonnistunut ryöstö

Director Antti Silvennoinen On stage Antti Silvennoinen, Steina Öhman Musicians Olli Kari, Pekka Saarikorpi Venue Lasipalatsi Square, Helsinki Year 2011  
May 12, 2016 /

War on Stage

A performance demonstrating the various ways of depicting war on the traditional Chinese theater stage, realized in co-operation with Helsinki festival and Asia in Helsinki […]
Nov 3, 2014 /