The Story of Ancient Legends
Kalevala The Musical is a story of ancient legends, told by the spirits of the haunted forest of Kalevala. The story is adapted from the national epic poem of Finland. Passed down from generation to generation, these tales were finally collected in a book of poems by Elias Lonnrot in 1835. Widely cherished across the world, Kalevala has been a source of inspiration to many fantasy authors, including J.R.R. Tolkien.
Kalevala The Musical is composed by Johanna Telander
and co-written by Johanna Telander and Dep Kirkland.
Kalevala The Musical is a story within a story, detailing the epic journey of “wise and ancient” Vainamoinen, but told from the perspective of an ageless Spirit, holding us hostage in a resting place of spirits, the ancient Tree of Kalevala forest.
The Spirit of Kalevala is Mother Nature -once, long ago, known as Mother Ether, the goddess who birthed our world from a giant bird’s eggs. The goddess (along with the six other hatched eggs, spirits of the world) share her son’s Vainamoinen’s journey in a vignette of stories. In their desperate struggle to exist, they are begging us to listen and keep their stories alive. The Modern world has forgotten the music, will you?
The forest of Kalevala - a fading and forgotten realm, will take us to the beginning of beginnings, when out of nothingness, Mother Ether gives birth to the sun, moon, and stars, and a fully-grown Vainamoinen who is thrown from her watery womb unto a barren island, where she, a water goddess, cannot follow. Left to fend for himself , Vainamoinen, creates the realm of Kalevala with the power of magical song.
Setting off on a quest of higher purpose, Vainamoinen is challenged by the young, vain, minstrel Joukahainen. In an intense battle of a song, Vainamoinen defeats Joukahainen and accepts the hand of Joukahainen’s sister in exchange for Joukahainen’s life. Joukahainen’s sister, however, drowns herself rather than honor the bargain. Väinämöinen fishes for her in-his grief, but is jolted awake by his mother in the lake- and he follows her advice, setting off for the north. in retaliation For the death of his sister , Joukahainen delivers a grave injury to Vainamoinen who is rescued by an eagle and dropped on the shore of a Northern Kingdom, at the mercy of the powerful witch Louhi.
Her demand: Vainamoinen must bring her a Sampo, a magical object which can save her tribe from the coming cruel winter. No easy task, Vainamoinen convinces his mate, Ilmarinen—a magical blacksmith who crafted what we know as the sky—to make this Sampo. Meanwhile, Vainamoinen falls in love with Louhi’s daughter, a maiden who rides on a rainbow and pursues her, along with two others.
The maiden’s hand denied him, Vainamoinen returns to Kalevala, where he realizes the purpose he sought had always been waiting, in his communion with the forest he once created.
The balance of Nature and Man is lost and then restored, in this epic tale. And thus, the Spirit of Kalevala wakes us all, to our own purpose.
We are trees in our own community and are all one, as the trees of the forest are brethren to one another. No pursuit is greater than the one that serves us all.