Double bill evening: The Field and Sisters
PREMIERE on 26.10.2018 at 7pm at Hällä Stage
DURATION 1,5 h with intermission
Susanna Leinonen burst onto the scene to take her place among Finland’s most internationally interesting choreographers in 2000. The choreographies that she has produced in subsequent years have received positive reviews in Finland as well as abroad. Susanna Leinonen graduated from the Theatre Academy of Finland’s Department of Dance Art with a master’s degree in 2000. Four years later she received the Finland prize and the Dance Work of the Year award and in 2012 Helsinki Culture Award. During 2008-2013 and again starting from 2015 she has enjoyed the security of a 5-year state grant for artists. Leinonen’s choreographies have been presented in more than 20 countries around the world.
Alpo Aaltokoski majored in choreography and graduated as a Master of Arts from the Department of Dance at the Finnish Theatre Academy in 1991. During his career, Aaltokoski has created over fifty works which have been received with great acclaim. In addition to his private and undeniably high-level artistic career, he has had varied and multiple roles in the field of dance, for example, as a pedagogue both in Finland and abroad with cultural and art political influence. Aaltokoski received the Order of the Lion of Finland, Pro Finlandia award. This prestigious medal is awarded by the Finnish president annually to Finns who have distinguished themselves in the field of arts and science, and is one of Finland’s highest honours. The award has been granted to outstanding artists since 1945.