Theatre and dance
Helsinki City Theatre operates at a big and a small stage at Eläintarhantie 5, Studio Elsa at Ensi linja 2, Arena Stage at Hämeentie 2, Lilla Teatern at Yrjönkatu 30 and Studio Pasila at Ratamestarinkatu 5.
Helsinki City Theatre’s own dance company, Helsinki Dance Company, is Finland’s only dance company operating with an institutional theatre. With 12 dancers, it is the largest Finnish contemporary dance company.
City of Helsinki organizes theatre and dance performances at its cultural centres
Every spring the Annantalo cultural centre organizes a series of free performances by its own theatre and dance groups. Annantalo regularly hosts performances by visiting children’s theatre groups.
Caisa organizes dance and theatre performances in connection of cultural weeks featuring various countries. Caisa’s dance workshops and courses targeted at children and adults are highly popular.
Kanneltalo offers dance and theatre for all ages – children, families, adults and seniors. Kanneltalo is one of the venues of the youth theatre festival Loiste. In addition to its concert hall, Kanneltalo organizes free performances on the stage of its café.
Malmitalo offers theatre especially for seniors. The Malmitalo theatre repertoire also includes a great deal of performances for children especially during the daytime, targeted at daycare centres and children in family daycare. Many Helsinki dance schools teaching eastern dances organize performances at Malmitalo. Every once in a while the programme offering includes contemporary dance and folk dancing.
Savoy Theatre’s programme offering includes some dance, and the theatre hosts dance performances regularly. For years the offering has included flamenco festivals.
Stoa is known for dance. The centre’s offering includes a great deal of contemporary dance for many tastes by both Finnish and international choreographers. Stoa is one of the organizers of the contemporary dance festivals Liikkeellä marraskuussa (Moving in November) and UrbanApa. Stoa also hosts a resident dancer, who term lasts for three years.
Vuotalo hosts diverse theatre productions annually. The genres vary from comedy to drama to children’s theatre.
In addition, Kanneltalo, Annantalo, Malmitalo, Stoa and Vuotalo host the biennial, alternating Bravo! and Hurraa! theatre festivals for children and young people.