We came from Earth, from Maa,
the jewel in our solar system,
the only orb where Life obtained
a land of milk and honey
American composer Robert Maggio’s composition fills the Almi Hall stage with heavenly new music, virtuoso talent and disparate art forms, including 16 singers from the Grammy-winning chamber choir The Crossing, and Beijing Opera, which combines singing with physical movement.
Klockriketeaterns leader, director Dan Henriksson is also the librettist behind this holistic synthesis of the arts, based on Harry Martinson’s classic poem Aniara: A Review of Man in Time and Space. It dives deep into the poetic universe of the Nobel laureate author in the spirit of the original work, asking questions about freedom, responsibility and our contradictory love for each other and our planet.
MUSIC: Robert Maggio (USA)
LIBRETTO & DIRECTOR: Dan Henriksson (FIN)
CONDUCTOR: Donald Nally (USA)
COSTUMES: Erika Turunen (FIN)
VIDEO, LIGHTS. SET: Joonas Tikkanen (FIN)
SOUND DESIGN: Paul Vazquez (USA)
ON STAGE: Karen Blanchard, Rebecca Myers, Rebecca Siler, Katy Avery, Joanna Gates, Maren Montalbano, Rebecca Oehlers, Elisa Sutherland, Steven Bradshaw, Micah Dingler, Michael Jones, James Reese, Elijah Blaisdell, Dimitri German, Steven Hyder and Daniel Schwartz (The Crossing), actors Matti Raita & Carl Alm (Klockriketeatern), dancer Antti Silvennoinen (Wusheng Company) with four musicians (cello, clarinet, guitar, percussions)
Go to Aniara's own website!
The events take place in the distant future, after the new ice age. The technological prowess of humankind is at its peak, and interplanetary flights are commonplace. In spite of these advances, the era is defined by indifference and cruelty. Earth has been severely polluted by nuclear war and humans are escaping to the nearby planets of Venus and Mars. The luxurious spaceship Aniara is carrying 8,000 people towards Mars when it collides with a meteor. The ship veers off course and careens out of the solar system. Those traveling on Aniara face an eternal journey into the Lyra constellation.
The crew’s attempts to return Aniara on course are futile. The passengers slowly adapt to the new status quo, each in their own way. Different cults are formed to alleviate the anguish. The situation brings out the best and the worst of humanity. As Aniara glides through space, there’s an opportunity to ponder great philosophical questions. The AI creature Miima plays a central role, showing the passengers consoling images of Earth. Miima is venerated until a decisive turn of events changes everything. Both Miima and the Aniara community head toward destruction.
Klockriketeatern from Helsinki and The Crossing choir from Philadelphia fuse their talents in this choral-theatre production, which will premiere in Philadelphia on 20 June 2019. The Crossing is a critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning professional choir, famed for its open-minded attitude to art and the uncompromising quality of its performances. The Crossing tours extensively around the United States. In 2019, the choir will perform, amongst other venues, at Lincoln Center in New York and Walt Disney Music Hall in Los Angeles. Aniara: Fragments of Time and Space is its first performance in Finland.
The production also features the Wusheng Company, a Finnish group which specialises in Beijing Opera. The group’s founder and artistic director, Antti Silvennoinen, has a double role in Aniara as both choreographer and performer. The vibrant and clear soundscape of the science fiction inspired composition needed a visual setting to match. The exceptional look and feel of the stage with its multi-dimensional video projections is by Joonas Tikkanen. Erika Turunen, who’s created the costumes for the production, is one of Finland’s foremost designers in her field.
"The inventor was himself completely dumbstruck
the day he found that one half of the mima he had invented -
lay beyond analysis
That the mima had invented half herself"
Professor Timo Honkela presenterar i sin bok Rauhankone - Tekoälytutkijan testamentti sin stora humanistiska idé om hur artificiell intelligens kan bidra till att skapa fred på jorden. I boken (på svenska ungefär Fredsmaskinen - ett testamente efter en forskare i artificiell intelligens) skissar Honkela hur framtidens globala neuronnät, med miljontals datorer förenade, stöder förståelse mellan människor och kan förhandla om språkets och ordens betydelser, samt främjar ett rättvisare samhälle. Rauhankone utkom på förlaget Gaudeamus 2017.
I ett samtal med Klockriketeaterns chef Dan Henriksson hör vi mer om Honkelas idéer om fredsmaskinen och om kopplingar mellan AI och konst. Klockriketeatern publicerar nu en videointervju och en längre poddversion av samtalet mellan Honkela och Henriksson, på finska.
Worldpremiere in Philadelphia, USA, 20 June
Premiere in Helsinki, 17 September
Tue 17.9 | Wed 18.9 | Thu 19.9 | Fri 20.9 (at 19) | Sat 21.9 (at 14 & 19)
Length: 1h 30 min, no intermission
Finnish National Opera, Almi Hall
Helsinginkatu 58, Helsinki
English, Synopsis in swedish and Finnish
Normal 42 € / pensioner 36 € / Students & unemployed 24 €
Tel: (09) 4030 2211 (Mon-Fri 10–18, Sat 12–18)