7.30 p.m., Noblessner foundry, Tallinn

Arvo Pärt's Days: concert-show PASSIO

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Tallinn Chamber Orchestra

conductor Tõnu Kaljuste

choreographer Tiina Lindfors (Finland)

costumes Erika Turunen (Finland)

light artist Esa Kyllönen (Finland)

Dance Theatre ERI (Finland)

Toni Laakonen, Tiina Lindfors, Dmitri Pimonov, Hanna-Kaisa Rajala, Lassi Sairela, Eeva Soini, Helena Romppanen

Premiere April 20th 2011 in Turku Cathedral

The internationally acknowledged Finnish Dance Theatre ERI has been inspired by the theme of the Last Supper to create an illustration of the Passion of Christ. Arvo Pärt's religious musical pieces 'Mein Weg', 'Da pacem Domine', 'In principio', 'Festina Lente', 'Cantus' and 'Passio', Tiina Lindfors's choreography and Esa Kyllönen's light art create a unique dancing performance premiered in April 2011 in Turku Cathedral in the program of Turku European Capital 2011.

'My aim is to connect Easter events, including Jesus Christ's life story, the young prophet's goal and dimension which we became aware of in connection with his death to the present moment. Crucification was the revenge of midgets fearing to lose their power and at the same time the triumph of humankind through the tragic sacrifice. I have intentionally avoided the realistic linear approach to Easter events and headed for a more spiritual and symbolic handling as symbols tell the story better than tangible signs. Despite my emphasis on the enigmatic and sacred immaterial consciousness without connecting the action to certain persons, the story still remains clear.'

Tiina Lindfors

The show is included into the program on Arvo Pärt's advice.

Tiina Lindfors is one of the founding members of Dance Theatre ERI, who has created choreography for 77 performances. She enjoys working with composers and orchestras, creating five major dance shows in cooperation with composer Mikko Heiniö. Lindfors's eleven choreographies were made for television and many of them presented Finland at the 'Prix Italia' and 'Golden Prague' competitions. She performs and her works have been demonstrated in Scandinavian and European countries as well as in Asia, America, and Africa – about 300 guest performances in 25 countries. Tiina Lindfors has received numerous accolades: Finnish Cultural Foundation Prize (1999), Swedish Cultural Foundation Prize (2005), Villa Karo bronze sculpture (2011), Pro Dance Award (1987) and Finnish Award (1995) as well as prizes received for work with Dance Theatre ERI.