Some years ago, Finnish artist Jorma Elo was a dancer at the Nederlands Dans Theater in Den Haag. He was happy and motivated, working with Jirí Kylián. But Elo’s creative talent was growing and he wanted to break through as a choreographer. When his 12th workshop choreography was ready, he found Mikko Nissinen, director of the Boston Ballet and his old classmate from the Helsinki and Leningrad Ballet Schools, was interested in giving him a new opportunity to apply his talent to both dancing and choreographing. Elo stopped dancing and concentrated his skills on creating new worlds.
The new situation doubled his opportunities for working as a choreographer, and soon he was working for several dance companies.
The high-point of his nearly 6-year creative journey was making a commissioned work for one of the world’s top groups, The New York City Ballet. Since this was staged, on June 16th, some other companies, including American Ballet Theater and London’s Royal Ballet, have entered into negotiations with Jorma Elo. His next work will probably be staged in October.