Babolat, Susanna Leinonen’s second full-length choreography, is comical in its sensibility and absurd in its logic as it looks at the lives of five people.

Choreography Susanna Leinonen
Music Wally Brill, odp, Tj Rehmi & Ravi Bal, Camille Saint-Saëns, Mozart and Tapani Rinne
Costumes Sari Suominen
Lighting Design Pasi Pehkonen
Dancers Kaisu Hölttä, Heidi Lehtoranta, Sara Kovamäki, Anne Raudaskoski and Susanna Leinonen

Duration 43 min
Premiere 1.9.2001 Helsinki Festival
Production Helsinki Festival, Zodiak -The Center for New Dance, Stoa the Cultural Centre of Eastern Helsinki
Financially supported by National Council for Dance, The Finnish Cultural Foundation and Arts Council of Helsinki Metropolitan Region


  • Donald Hutera sifts through the Finnish Festival´s eclectic offerings - "It may be the sole festival dance I wasn´t ready to see end, and one I would have readily watched again immediately." Donald Hutera Dance Europe February 2002
  • Beautiful and tender Babolat - "As the stage is gradually lit and music starts, the dancers' movements proceed from their arms to their whole bodies. Oriental music is responded to with soft and smooth movement enriched by the variety of details. The viewer is transferred into the mystical world of miniatures that requires a sharp eye." Pirjo Raiskio Turun Sanomat 3.9.2001

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