44th Kuopio Dance Festival 13.-19.6.2013
Artistic Director Jorma Uotinen
KUOPIO DANCE FESTIVAL ACHIEVES ITS AIMS
The dancers from Paris Opera Ballet, and the return of the Gala drew the biggest crowds. Artistically, the French company Cie Malka's Murmures stole the top spot. This year, children and young people were strongly represented.
The Kuopio Dance Festival also achieved its financial and artistic objectives. There were 10,000 tickets available for sale, and the set occupancy rate of 80 per cent was achieved.
"We met the budgeted aims for ticket sales. The dance courses also met our expectations of around 650 to 700 participants," reports Anna Pitkänen, Executive Director.
The new programme of free events was popular. There were events at the Harbour Square every other day, and more events than before in the Hall of Light. One example was the morning Tai Chi classes, which attracted lots of participants.
"I am particularly happy that children and young people were in the spotlight this year, both as performers and participants. Kids' Jam in the Park was popular. Young people also had the opportunity to perform on stage with various educational establishments", says Ms Pitkänen.
There has been lots of demand for youth performances and the concept will be developed in the coming years.
"It's great that kids and young people get a chance to compare themselves to others. On stage they get to see what other schools are doing", enthuses Jorma Uotinen, Artistic Director.
Artistically, the Festival met Mr Uotinen's expectations. Incidence Chorégraphique and Introdans did not disappoint, and the return of the Gala after many years' absence was a success.
"The rhythm was nicely varied." The Gala had a balanced and varied programme culminating in the final piece, Sidi Larbi Cherkaou's In Memoriam.
French Cie Malka's Murmures was an artistic success.
"I have seen only a few performances of that quality in my life. Each movement had reason and meaning. It was an amazing and stunning piece. Cie Malka's performance would be at the top of my list for this season", says Mr Uotinen. ■