Cosy and contemporary venues

The church in the rock

Picture: Visit Finland / The Church in the Rock

Cosy and contemporary venues

The atmospheric Alexander Theatre on Bulevardi 23–27 was the home of the Finnish National Opera from 1917 until 1993.

The Alexander Theatre is a former Russian garrison theatre with a smallish 473-seat auditorium.

It is also a busy dance centre, providing a platform for many of Finland’s top contemporary dance troupes, including the Tero Saarinen Company and Nomadi Productions.

The stage is also as a venue for small operatic groups like the Finnish Chamber Opera.

The Zodiak Center for New Dance is a contemporary dance community that has taken up home in Kaapelitehdas (“The Cable Factory” – which is what it once was), located in the suburb of Ruoholahti.

Zodiak produces the work of progressive young choreographers and more than a dozen independent dance groups.

The Savoy Theatre, just off the Esplanade and not far from the Market Square, has developed into a popular stage for ethnic music and dance productions.

The cosy Savoy is also popular with small-scale modern circus troupes and drama companies.

Helsinki’s most popular concert church is Temppeliaukio Church (1969), often referred to as “The Church in the Rock”, since it occupies a depression quarried into a granite outcrop and covered with a 25-metre circular copper dome and steel-framed skylight windows. 


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