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New dance theatre performance based on the life and paintings of Schjerfbeck


The Helsinki-based dance theatre troupe ISIS will perform the premiere of its new HS. dance theatre performance in the Ateneum Hall this September. The performance describes the story of a sensitive yet determined girl who grows up to become a passionate artist.

The performance for family audiences is based on Helene Schjerfbeck's paintings and the periods of the artist's life behind them. HS. combines elements of music, theatre, dance, the visual arts, speech and documentary material from the artist's correspondence. The performance is written and directed by Liisa Isotalo with choreography and dance by Leena Gustavson and Riikka Siirala. The production team is international.

The script for the HS. dance theatre performance combines the Finnish, Swedish, German and English languages. The performance is suitable equally for those who are familiar with Schjerfbeck and her art and those who are new acquaintances. Following the performances at Ateneum, the dance theatre performance will tour Stockholm, Lund and Gothenburg in Sweden.

HS. production team:

Written and directed by Liisa Isotalo
Choreography and dance by Leena Gustavson and Riikka Siirala
Stage design by Marta Cicionesi
Costume design by Chiara Pelizzer
Music by Hartmut von Lieres
Video and image design by Egla Eigirdaite and Katri Tuulia Pelander
Lighting design by Ilkka Häikiö
Sound design by Hartmut von Lieres and Timo Nurminen
Production by Ateneum Art Museum and ISIS teatteri ry. with Teater Sagohuset, Lund, Sweden

Premiere: Thursday 20 September 2012 at 18
Other performances: Friday 21 September at 18, Saturday 22 September at 15, Wednesday 26 September at 10.30 and 18, Thursday 27 September at 10.30, Sunday 30 September at 15, Wednesday 3 October at 18
Tickets: 20/16 € (under 18s: 10 €).
Group tickets for 10.30am performances 8 €/person (min 10 persons), teacher accompanying a group 3 €.
Ticket sales at Ateneum Info during museum opening hours, t. +358 (0)9 6122 5510
Age recommendation: Ages 6 and above
Ticket holders are entitled to view the Helene Schjerfbeck exhibition on the same day as the performance.

Further information: isisteatteri@gmail.com and www.isisteatteri.fi, www.ateneum.fi/events