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Thu 21. - Sat 23.9.2023  /  Tanssin talo - Dance House Helsinki / Erkko Hall  /  Helsinki

Liisa Pentti +Co & BRQ Vantaa Ensemble: Das Musikalische Opfer

Liisa Pentti +Co & BRQ Vantaa Ensemble: Das Musikalische Opfer Tickets

Liisa Pentti +Co
Das Musikalische Opfer – A Choreography for Seven Dancers and Musicians

How do Bach and dance art meet in 2023? Together with dancers and an orchestra gathered by Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, choreographer Liisa Pentti seeks an answer to this question. Combining live music and dance, Das Musikalische Opfer – A Choreography for Seven Dancers and Musicians is an inverse continuation of Pentti's work with the music of minimalist masters, a reach into the musical past beyond the present.

Das Musikalische Opfer (The Musical Offering) is Johann Sebastian Bach’s enthralling and playful late-period masterpiece whose complex and enigmatic counterpoint offer a fascinating challenge to choreography and new encounters between dance and music.

Bach’s music is timeless, providing a framework for emotions like joy and sorrow. It inspires hope and allows us to feel part of the mysterious universe from which music springs. Das Musikalische Opfer – A Choreography for Seven Dancers and Musicians is at once an experimental and traditional dance work, in which dancers and musicians create a mystical and dreamlike world in the space of the Erkko Hall.

BRQ Vantaa Festival's artistic director Markku Luolajan-Mikkola has assembled a unique ensemble of internationally renowned top musicians, the BRQ Ensemble, which performs with varying line-ups mainly in connection with the BRQ Festival in Vantaa. In addition, the BRQ Ensemble has also performed in Stockholm and Italy.

Liisa Pentti +Co is a Helsinki-based dance group whose central values are artistic relentlessness and ingenuity. Founded in 2000, the group’s artistic profile is situated in a field between dance, performance art and contemporary theatre. Experimentation and searching for new forms of expression are emblematic of Liisa Pentti +Co’s work.

Working group:

Concept and choreography: Liisa Pentti
Dancers: Meeri Lempiäinen, Ryan Mason, Corinne Mustonen, Pinja Poropudas, Satu Rekola, Kardo Shiwan, Katri Soini
Choreographic interlocutor: Pia Lindy
Choreographer’s assistant: Pinja Poropudas
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
BRQ Vantaa Ensemble: Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, barock violin; Marten Root, traverso; Ilpo Laspas, harpsichord; Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, barock cello, viola da gamba
Light design: Heikki Paasonen
Costume design: Tua Helve
Communications: Essi Brunberg, Ellen Karlsson
Producer: Hanna Nyman
Production: Liisa Pentti +Co
Supported by: City of Helsinki, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Kone Foundation, Svenska kulturfonden, Niilo Helanderin säätiö

Age limit: All ages

PLEASE NOTE! To ensure good visibility to everyone, The Erkko Hall auditorium is steep. Please note that there is no lift to the upper section. Only the first row seats are fully accessible.


Duration: ~1 hour, to be confirmed later
The show may contain bright lights

Door ticket sales and restaurant services open one hour before the performance.
The doors to the hall open approx. 15 minutes before the performance.

Tanssin talo - Dance House Helsinki / Erkko Hall
Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1, 00180, Helsinki