The work is motivated by the urge to gather around a common goal and to dance together, as opposed to comparison and confrontation. The young dancers have been working with artistic director Riku Lehtopolku since last December, and the process culminates in the meeting of all the dancers on the opening day of the festival.
Virta spreads out all over Kuopio, letting the dance flow through the city, eventually bringing the performers to dance together at the market square. It creates a landscape within a landscape, where organic meets stone and the inner world the external - and above all, a person meets another.
Duration: 30 min
Choreography: Riku Lehtopolku
Sound design: Eero Auvinen
Choreographer’s assistant: Miia Luoto
Kajaani Dancen tanssikoulu
Kuopion taidelukio Lumit
Suvi Salmi Dance Company
Starting points of dance groups.
A contemporary “Musical” for 14 dancers, LOVETRAIN2020 will call upon the wonderful music of the 80s British duo Tears for Fears.
For this piece, Eun-Me Ahn dived into the videos coming from North : military parades and fan dances, gestures showing off virility and and virtuoso acrobatics, traditional dances and village dances.
On stage will be seen Alan Lucien Øyens sparkling solo Sinnerman performed by Daniel Proietto and Akram Khans masterpiece KAASH performed by Spanish IT Dansa.
With a cast of 7 extraordinary dancers – Story, story, die. looks at the interdependency between lies and love: The things we do to be liked.
Marcos Morau’s Sonoma is a cry of the body, a primitive howl to feel alive in the pace of the digital age.
Mostly Mass is a corporeal poem – a performance that gives itself over to bodily instincts and wildness.
In One More Thing, Adi Boutrous strives to convey a state of listening, solidarity and support for the other.
Matka is a site-specific and communal work whose choreography Carl Knif will create in collaboration with Carl Knif Company dancers and the work’s audience.
In On Stage perfomances, selected dance schools will perform to the festival audience. Every group will get feedback from professional jury after their perfromance.
The body is opaque. It hides an inner body, a body in the shadows, a body that feels.