Tango Alakulo, Savoy Theatre, Helsinki – and beyond

A mild Helsinki January saw the premiere of Tango Alakulo, a celebration of Finland’s centenary of independence with an alternative spin, through the medium of that Finnish obsession: tango. A remarkable and sold-out show saw actor/writer Timo Torikka star as the lift-boy who introduced characters in Finland’s history to speak and sing for themselves, while we the band played on. Joiking from Wimme Saari, singing from Yona, a pair of black cats dancing, all under the artistic direction of designer Klaus Haapaniemi. More dates to follow – we hope, possibly including a big EU one in Berlin in June.