Dance Theatre Eri gives four performances of Tiina Lindfors’s piece Passio during Easter holidays.

The piece was given the Finnish Church Culture Award in 2011. The following year, Arvo Pärt, who composed the music for the piece, invited the Eri ensemble to participate in the Nargen festival in Tallinn.

Passio, first performed in the Dome of Turku, is now shown in the theatre’s own, more intimate and audience-friendly milieu.  

In the shadows of the theatre, also Esa Kyllönen’s genious lighting design comes to its full right, and the choreography appears to the viewer as a nearly personal journey into the powerful Easter tragedy. The mantle of Jesus is carried by both women and men. The whole emphasizes Christ’s universal message of love.  The whole Eri ensemble participates in the piece, with Helena Romppanen guesting in the role of Simon of Cyrene.


Alice in Wonderland

To celebrate the anniversary, ERI stages a colorful fairytale for children and their families: Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, one of the best-known classics in English children’s literature. In James McNamara’s strongly visual dance version, the fantastic adventure abounds in humoristic nuances, yet respects the tale’s own special character.

Choreography: James McNamara
Cast: Laura Alho, Toni Laakkonen, Karoliina Lummikko, James McNamara
Lighting: Tapio Väntsi
Costumes: Tuula Bergqvist
Première 4.5. klo 14
Other performances: 5.- 25.5.
1 h, no intermission
Tickets: 15€/12€
Note – two adults + two children / one adult + three children 50€


Baila Africa

Hommage à Juha Vakkuri

Dance, music, buffet and jam session
The air vibrates of salt and of the breeze from the Guinea Bay. The majestic crests of the waves dwell, like a dream, before they break onto the shore. The palm tree foliages mirror the same magic; the slow, enchanted dance. Time itself turns soft an mild in this beige paradise of sea and sand. Its nights are carried by the cicadas’ choir and the endless, tender roaring of the sea. This is the milieu were the idea to Baila Africa was born… Tiina Lindfors visited Gran Popo twice and invited the fiends she made there to Turku and to ERI.

The highly popular, Africa-inspired soirées are back for the fourth time: In September and October, the ERI theatre will, once again, be invaded by exotic colours and flavours, by the rhythmic magic of drums, by the enchantment of dance. The Drum virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Noel Saïzonou from Benin will be joined by two percussion maestros: Akim Color, also from Benin, and Mikko Väärälä from Turku. The group creates intoxicating rhythms, and the audience can join in.

Like before, the ERI dancers shine over the hypnotic music. This time, Vivi-Ann Sjögren's storys tell about the lizards in Africa. The joint meal which is served during the intermission is composed according to Sjögren's African recipes.

During the intermission, food fantasy is taking over. On the menu you'll find an aromatic Beninese chicken- or vegetarian stew served with rice and a glass of wine or non-alcoholic drink. The Beninese stew is real superfood with a proper mouth feeling - crac-crac. (L, G)
Duration c. 2hrs including intermission