Tarja Ranta
 
CURRICULUM VITAE
 
Principal dancer
Finnish National Ballet 1970-73, 1975-83, 1984-88
Ballett Frankfurt 1973-75
 
Visiting soloist
Komische Oper, Berlin 1985-86
Savonlinna Opera Festival 1990-92
Finnish National Ballet 1993-95
 
Corps de ballet
Finnish National Opera 1965-70
 
List of Principal Roles
Year of the Premiere Work Role Choreography by
 
1968 Romeo and Juliet Servant Parlic
Giselle Peasant Pas de deux Lavrovski
1969 Jigsaw Tilson
Swan Lake Pas de trois Petipa-Ivanov
1971 Agon Bransle Gay Sylvestersson
Con Amore Wife Christenssen
Ballet Anatomy Christenssen
Frankie and Johnny Frankie Koski
Dream Källström
Nutcracker Snow Queen Carter
1972 Spartacus Aegina Dadiskiliani
Se/It Värtsi
Beatrice Snake Sylvestersson
The Seasons Fall Cata
Fountain of
Bakhchisaray Zarema Zaharov
1973, 1977, 1981 Swan Lake Odette-Odile Petipa-Ivanov
Serenade Waltz girl Balanchine
1974 L'heure bleue Stowell
1975 Gayane Aischa Sylvestersson
1976 Cinderella Naughty stepsister Sylvestersson
Walpurgisnacht in the opera "Faust" Värtsi
1977 Abduction of Kyllikki Kyllikki Laine
Till Eulenspiegel Tavern hostess Sylvestersson
1978 Report Rich girl Cullberg
1980 Carmen Carmen Alonso
The House of
Bernarda Alba Servant Ek
1981 The Miraculous Mandarin Girl Eck
Giselle Myrtha Lavrovski
1982 Fata Morgana Woman Helliwell
La fille mal gardée Lise Spoerli
1982 Room 6 Darja Kuusela
1984 Phaidra Phaidra Sylvestersson
1985 Midsummer Night´s
Dream Hippolyta Veredon
Elective Affinities Charlotta Schilling
1986 Night Visions Uotinen
1987 Carmina Burana Woman Vamos
1990 Romeo and Juliet Mme Capulet Seregi
1993 Swan Lake Queen Petipa-Ivanov-Bourmeister
1996 Inner Steps Woman Koivisto
1998 Inner Steps, video Koivisto-Luostarinen-Moilanen
 
Studies
studied classical ballet with Airi Säilä and later at the Ballet School of the Finnish National Opera, professional studies with Anne Northcote, Michel Resnikoff, Melissa Hayden, Alfonso Cata, Raymond Franchetti, André Glegolski and Gerard Wilk.
studied ballet pedagogy at Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin in 1988 and completed the continuing education programme of the Theatre School (Helsinki) in 1988-90.
 
Ballet Teacher and Répétitrice
Finnish National Ballet
assistant répétitrice 1988
répétitrice 1994-2008
Ballet School, teacher 2007-2008
Vaasa Ballet School, teacher 1988-90
The Theatre Academy of Finland, Dance Department, teacher of classical ballet 1989-95
Helsinki City Theatre Dance Group dance teacher 1993
 
External examiner of theses for the Theatre Academy of Finland, Dance department, 2001-07
 
Article
Baletinharjoittaja ja tanssin lumo/Ballet Repetiteur and the Enchantment of Performing Art (in Finnish), Suomen tanssitaiteilijain liitto/Union of the Finnish Dance Artists, 2006, Helsinki
 
Choreographies
Score Performing Group Premiere
 
Les Filles Hérold-Lanchberry Vaasa Ballet 8 April 1989, Oulu
La fille mal gardée
Nuances Vivaldi Vaasa Ballet 25 May 1989, Vaasa
Flute Concerto
Larghetto cantabile
 
Hungarian Dance Brahms Vaasa Ballet 25 May 1989, Vaasa
Hungarian Dance no 17
March Joplin Vaasa Ballet 25 May 1989, Vaasa
Combination March
Charleston The Darktown Strutters´
Ball
Stravinsky Theatre School 29 Jan 1990, Helsinki
Violin Concerto D Dance Department
 
Sparkles I-IV Haydn Vaasa Ballet 30 May 1990, Vaasa
Symphony no 81 G major
 
The Count of Luxembourg Lehar Jyväskylä City Theatre 19 Sep.1992, Jyväskylä
 
A Painful Case Janacek, DansCo 6 March 1993, Tampere
Mozart
 
Sable sur la neige Kokkonen Leena Koskiahde, solo 30 Nov. 1994, Paris
 
Arcade Fink Leena Koskiahde, solo 3 Dec. 1994, Paris
 
Divertimento D ici-Delà Crusell Ballet School of Finnish 20 May 1995, Helsinki
National Opera, class VII
 
Join me Gregorian Masters of Jenny Ekman, solo 7 August 2003, Vaasa
  Chant III, Ville Valo
 
First movement Stravinsky Liisa Hämäläinen 3 May 2008, Mora
 
Prizes
Philip-Morris Dance Award, 1984
Golden Artist Decoration of the Finnish Actors Union, 1986
Golden Medal of the Finnish Performing Arts, 1988
Golden Award of Finnish Dance Artists, 1996
 
Miscellaneous
Member of the Finnish State Dance Council, 1983-85, 1995-97