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Anna Mustonen, Marianna Henriksson, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra: Maria-vesper

Anna Mustonen, Marianna Henriksson, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra: Maria-vesper

Photo: Kristiina Männikkö

Photo: Kristiina Männikkö


In the new work by choreographer Anna Mustonen and harpsichordist Marianna Henriksson the music of Claudio Monteverdi meets new dance.

Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 is an extensive collection of ecclesiastical music. The performance is a gathering of three dancers, six singers, an orchestra and the audience in the cathedral-like space of the Pannuhalli.

The music of the Vespers consists of variations of ancient psalm melodies and radiating Renaissance polyphony, but also of intimate songs that seek to move the listeners internally. Also on stage there is a flux between sublime monumentality and personal everyday emotions.

The choreography of the performance is guided by the notion of singing and playing a musical instrument as a dance, and of music as a power that affects the spectators’ bodies directly. Maria-vesper invites the audience to slow down and to become entranced by the melodies that vibrate, lull and flow through the bodies of everyone present. 

Mustonen's and Henriksson's collaboration and exploration of Early Baroque music and contemporary dance started with their previous work Di anima et di corpo, and continues with the performances of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, a work not regularly performed live in Finland. What kinds of collective moments of listening, dance and bodily experience will it evoke now – over 400 years after its publication?

Monteverdi's Vespers like you've never seen it before! The border between singers and dancers is blurred and the result is fascinating. ---  I look forward to more Mustonen-Henriksson projects.

Tove Djupsjöbacka / HBL, 21.4.2018

Maria-vesper is one of the most fascinating encounters of music and dance for a long time --- More of this! 

Harri Kuusisaari / Rondo Classic 22.4.2018

One cannot tell form the ecstatic group who is a singer and who is a dancer --- The total performance was so succesful ---

Jussi Tossavainen / Helsingin Sanomat 20.4.2018


Image: Kristiina Männikkö


Choreography: Anna Mustonen
Musical direction, harpsichord and organ: Marianna Henriksson
Hanna Ahti, Anna Kupari, Eleni Pierides
Tuuli Lindeberg, Sirkku Rintamäki; soprano
Teppo Lampela; alto
Taavi Oramo, Juho Punkeri; tenor
Jussi Lehtipuu; bass
Hannu Vasara, Anne Pekkala; violin
Krishna Nagaraja; viola
Louna Hosia; cello
Anna Rinta-Rahko; violone
Andrea Inghisciano; cornett
Gawain Glenton; cornett, recorder
Esa Fagerholm, Vesa Lehtinen; trombone
Jani Sunnarborg; dulcian
Eero Palviainen; theorbo
Costume design: Piia Rinne
Spatial and lighting design: Heikki Paasonen
Dramaturgy: Masi Tiitta
Producer: Riikka Thitz
Assistant for costume designer, dressmaking: Nina Ukkonen
Assistant for spatial and lighting designer: Kaisa Rajahalme
Builders: Kaba Assefa, Irene Lehtonen, Joakim Raatikainen, Salla Salin
Teaser: Alisa Javits

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643): Vespro della Beata Vergine
Domine ad adiuvandum
Dixit Dominus
Nigra sum
Laudate pueri
Pulchra es
Laetatus sum
Duo Seraphim
Nisi Dominus
Audi Coelum
Sonata sopra Sancta Maria
Ave maris stella: Hymnus

Production: Zodiak - Center for new dance, Helsinki baroque orchestra, Anna Mustonen & Marianna Henriksson

supported by Arts Promotions Centre Finland, Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Regional Dance Centre of Ostrobothnia
In collaboration with: Villisilkki

photos: Kristiina Männikkö

Premiere: 19.4.2018 in PANNUHALLI / Zodiak - Center for New DancE, Helsinki