Production of Nightingale has started

Nightingale is Susanna Leinonen Company’s newest contemporary dance work, which will premiere at Cultural Centre Stoa in Eastern Helsinki March 2024. The work features 26 senior citizens from Helsinki performing together with the Company’s professional dancers. Leinonen’s previous works Juuret (2022) and Arvo (2023) as well as the upcoming premiere Nightingale (2024) are part of the project to promote the cultural activities of elderly people in the city of Helsinki. 

The production process started in the fall of 2023 with auditions, which were attended by approximately 80 applicants of retirement age from Helsinki. Two auditions were organized. With Eija Ahvo’s guidance, applicants expressed themselves using voice and combine sound and movement together. With Susanna’s and Tatiana’s guidance, applicants were challenged physically through dance. 

A total of 26 performers were selected from the auditions, who started rehearsals on November 27, 2023. The seniors work closely with Eija Ahvo, Susanna Leinonen, Tatiana Urteva and the Company’s professional dancers towards the spring premiere. 

Come see, experience and be impressed! Performances at Stoa 2.3.-6.4.2024! 

Choreographer Susanna Leinonen | Voice coaching Eija Ahvo | Music Kasperi Laine