by Esa-Pekka Salonen

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Esa-Pekka Salonen


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Laila, an interactive work created by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paula Vesala, Tuomas Norvio and the Ekho Collective for the Finnish National Opera rejects the traditional roles of performing arts, as its music and visuality evolve and change in interaction with the audience. In Laila, you are not the audience, but one of many actors shaping reality. Laila is a unique experience, which is different every time.

Ekho Collective is a group of artists, designers and technology professionals, who specialize in de-signing and implementing immersive experiences. The multidisciplinary collective works at the in-tersection of art and technology, with the objective of bringing them together in unexpected ways. Members of the collective are Minja Axelsson, Heikki Heiskanen, Essi Huotari, Olli Kilpi, Saara-Henriikka Mäkinen, Joonas Nissinen and Iina Taijonlahti.

Laila is a production of the Opera Beyond ecosystem, which collides arts with emerging technologies.

Soprano Krista Kujala, Sanna Iljin, Helianna Herkkola

Alto Anna Erokhina, Raisa Vaarna, Ida Wallén

Tenor Halim Shon, Joonas Eloranta, Jere Martikainen

Bass Arto Hosio, Andrus Mitt, Robert McLoud, Jyrki Korhonen

Percussion Uolevi Högström, Jukka Koski, Virva Kuusi, Mauri Myllys, Heikki Parviainen, Keijo Puumalainen

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Installation: 6 percussions, 3 altos, 4 basses, 3 sopranos, 3 tenors



Works for the Stage


21st August 2020, Finnish National Opera Almi Hall, Helsinki, Finland

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