Trickle, Green Oak

Trickle, Green Oak is a work for four dancers, a strangely austere view of a mystical world. The movement language stems from the conflict between the strength of the body and its vulnerability.

Choreography Susanna Leinonen
Music Mia Erlin
Costumes Erika Turunen
Set Design Erika Turunen, Olli-Pekka Koivunen and Susanna Leinonen
Lighting Design Olli-Pekka Koivunen
Dancers Heidi Lehtoranta, Laura Lohi, Sara Kovamäki and Elina Häyrynen

Duration 18 min
Premiere 31.10.2003 Finnish National Ballet
Production Finnish National Ballet


  • Strong women and men with powerful expression - "Of the three works, Leinonen's Trickle, Green Oak from 2003 was the real highlight, not just of the evening but of the whole festival." Vibeke Wern Dance journal 1/2007
  • Explosions of colour and lights - "The atmosphere is magical and takes us to mythological creatures and phenomena, power animals and the source of all life, a massive oak tree. Trickle, Green Oak is a fantastic piece, and it's wonderful to see it back in the repertoire again." Kaisa Kurikka Turun Sanomat 4.11.2006
  • An abundance of fantastic mise-en-scenes - "Leinonen demonstrates how four dancers can fill the main stage of the National Opera with movement alone. Her choreographic calligraphy and the reality she creates are so interesting, the quality of the movement so charged and precise, that they are enough on their own to capture the spectator's attention." Anni Valtonen Helsingin Sanomat 29.10.2006
  • Susanna Leinonen’s poetic clarity - "Leinonen's movement language is live and expressive, bringing together small changes and clear forms. Tension is created by an artistic juxtaposition of fragility and strength that brings nature to mind." Jan-Peter Kaiku Dance journal 1/2004

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