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

thu 21.9.2023 at 19.30
fri 22.9.2023 at 19.30 + discussion after the performance
sat 23.9.2023 at 17.00

Duration ca. 1 hour

Dance House Helsinki, Erkko hall
Kaapeliaukio 3, Helsinki

Accessibility at Dance House Helsinki:

The first row of the auditoriums is fully accessible. More information on accessibility can be found on Dance House Helsinki’s website through the link here.

Venue box office opens one hour before the performance, if there are any tickets left.

lights may be used during the performance.

Book tickets online via Tiketti

Regular tickets: A 45 | B 35 | C 25 eur
Discount tickets (arts professionals, under 25-year-olds, retirees, students, civilian & military service):
A 35  | B 25 | C 15 eur
Group tickets (min. 10 persons):
A 40 | B 30 | C 20 eur

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 assembled 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 counterpoints 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 Vantaa Ensemble, which performs with varying line-ups mainly in connection with the BRQ Festival in Vantaa. In addition, the BRQ Vantaa Ensemble has also performed in Stockholm and Italy.


Concept and choreography
Liisa Pentti

Choreographic interlocular
Pia Lindy

Choreographer’s assistant
Pinja Poropudas

Meeri Lempiäinen, Ryan Mason, Corinne Mustonen, Pinja Poropudas, Satu Rekola, Kardo Shiwan, Katri Soin

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
Tuukka Tervo

Lighting design
Heikki Paasonen

Costume design
Tua Helve

Hanna Nyman

Liisa Pentti +Co

Support by
Helsinki city, Arts Promotion Center FInland, Kone Foundation, Svenska kulturfonden, Niilo Helander foundation

In collaboration with Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy

Photos:  Uupi Tirronen