Artistic director Jorma Uotinen


A Bosch painting and Leonard Cohen´s music inspire this summer in Kuopio

Kuopio Dance Festival is looking to Canada this summer. Two of the country’s leading contemporary dance companies, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal and Compagnie Marie Chouinard, featuring in the main programme. The premiere will be by the Finnish Carl Knif. This year the Festival will last eight days concluding in the amazing Chinese performance.
The latest piece by Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Dance Me, an homage to Leonard Cohen and his music, was premiered in Canada in December. The world-famous triptych by the Dutch renaissance painter Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, will be brought to life through dance by Compagnie Marie Chouinard. The Garden of Earthly Delights transitions from the Garden of Eden via earthly delights to the horrors of Hell.
A Finnish younger generation choreographer Carl Knif will perform his premiere At Once, in Helsinki, and a Swedish dancer-choreographer Helena Franzen her retrospective solo Extended.
The popular Gala will see the Indian Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company and the French Compagnie Didier Théron.
-          This Indian company appears to me fresh and different from the traditional Indian dance companies. The French perform Shanghai Boléro, arranged to the impressive music by Ravel, with Kuopio seeing one part of the trilogy, says the Artistic Director Jorma Uotinen.
The Gala will also be visited by the Montreal company with a piece from the Israeli Itzik Galili and by the Dutch Introdans, already familiar to the Festival audiences.
“The Gala programme will be added to during the spring”, continues Uotinen. 
Mr Uotinen, who will be hosting the Gala, will perform at a Festival concert with pianist Jari Hakkarainen.
Children and young people will be strongly represented at this summer’s Festival, including the Austrian SEAD / Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Glims & Gloms Dance Theatre, dance schools, Nukketeatteri Sytkyt, dance courses and open-air events.
On the final day of the Festival, Shanghai Empireast Culture Group will dazzle the City Theatre, combining traditional drums, dance and acrobatics. The group’s appearances have included the World Expo, Olympics, a Disney opening event and President Xi’s events. The Chinese visit will be brought to the Festival by the twinned cities of Shanghai-Pudong and Kuopio.
-          Such an extensive Festival programme has been facilitated by the support from Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, Veikkaus Oy & the Ministry of Education and Culture, as well as many more associates and volunteers. The Festival week will encompass more than a hundred shows, courses and fringe events, says Anna Pitkänen.
The Course Programme will be published on 14.2.2018.

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