The Seven Brothers
Marjo Kuusela: Seven brothers © Sakari Viika
The Seven Brothers by Aleksis Kivi is a classic tale known to all Finnish people, a seminal work in Finnish literature and as such regarded as the national novel. It is set in the lands of Nurmijärvi and details the rough lives of the unruly Jukola brothers. Feeling constrained by the norms and morals of the village community, the brothers flee to a wilderness habitation at Impivaara. A new aspect of the familiar story comes from translating the story of the brothers into the language of ballet.