Sets and costumes being packed into containers for May tour the Finnish National Ballet is about to set sail to the Far East. On May 29th and 30th the company’s Anna Karenina ballet will be staged in Singapore as part of the Singapore Arts Festival 2009.
Dancing in the principal roles will be Minna Tervamäki, Petia Ilieva, Jani Talo, Nicholas Ziegler, Jarkko Niininen and Henrik Burman, the Singapore Festival Orchestra will be conducted by Martin Åkerwall. The entourage consists of 49 dancers, 16 technical staff, a five-strong artistic group, and five other staff members, including the National Ballet artistic director Kenneth Greve. The expenses of the visit will be shared between the National Ballet and the festival organisers.
The National Ballet’s visit to the Singapore Arts Festival has been realised on an exceptionally tight schedule.
Usually large logistical undertakings on this scale require a year to prepare, but in this case the first emails between Singapore and the National Ballet producer Hanna Suurhasko were exchanged only in mid-December.