This summer Kuopio will feature an exceptional number of Finnish works of dance, four of which are premieres.
"One mission of our festival is to encourage and showcase - alongside the international programming - Finnish dance, and dance creators. Throughout the decades, the festival has worked to this end by enabling the artists to include their premieres in our programme", says Executive Director Anna Pitkänen.
On the opening day of the festival, the Chamber Music Hall will host the premiere of Jyrki Karttunen’s work Lacrimae, in which dancers Karttunen and Sari Lakso interpret some death scenes from famous baroque operas, accompanied by composer Eero Hämeenniemi improvising on the piano.
The opening day will culminate with a new four-part collaboration by Jorma Uotinen and Atso Almila, Symphony 4 – Dances, performed in the Grand Hall of the Music Centre. This evening will also feature a choreography called Wanha by Tero Saarinen, premiered in Kuopio in 1994, and performed by the Pori Dance Company dancers Mikko Lampinen and Riku Lehtopolku.
During the festival week, Karttunen Kollektiv, and new generation choreographers Carl Knif and Joona Halonen, will perform in the Chamber Music Hall. Knif will present his premiere The Voynich Manuscript. The performance of the three dancers will bring different disciplines of the art together. Halonen will present his work, Whispering Cosmos, premiered in 2009.
In Kulttuuriareena 44, the festival week will open on Friday June 15 with Compagnie Opinion Public, bringing a fresh, strong and aesthetic contemporary dance from Belgium. Tanssiteatteri MD from Finland will entertain Moomin fans of all ages with their work Tanssiva Muumilaakso (A Dancing Moominvalley), based on Tove Jansson’s The Invisible Child and other stories. As before, Kulttuuriareena 44 will also host a joint afternoon show from the dance colleges, called Tanssioppilaitokset On Stage.
The week in Kulttuuriareena 44 will conclude with the Finnish premiere of Kite, created for Japanese dancers by Ervi Sirén.
In addition to the main performances there will also be plenty of shows to see for free, commemorating the Finnish National Ballet’s 90th anniversary and the Finnish Dancers’ Associations’ 75th anniversary.
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