Kuopio Dance Festival

Kuopio Dance Festival 2020 main programme is published

This years Kuopio Dance Festival emphasizes multi-disciplinariness. Summer 2020 takes Kuopio Dance Festival out of traditional venues and collides dance with other art forms. The programme is the first from Mr. Riku Lehtopolku for Kuopio Dance Festival.

“I hope that the festival will pierce new views to dance and to break expectations by works that are surprising and avoid existing definitions. Programme highlights diversity when dance overlaps with different arts and finds new ways of expression. Huge skillfullness and deep understanding of their own device combine the artists invited to the festival. Works are offering not only experiences but also meanings”, Lehtopolku sums.


Kuopio Dance Festival main programme

Programme is opened by Norwegian winter guests, visiting with Alan Lucien Øyen’s latest work Story, story die in Kuopio City Theatre 10th and 11th of June. Øyen won Kuopio Nordic Grand Prix choreography contest in 2007 and has since gained international success.

Yoann Bourgeois poetically combines dance, contemporary circus and kinetic art. Consisting of four independent works, Moving Pieces takes viewers around the Kuopio city centre from the Kuopio Music Centre, 10th and 11th of June.

Another French work is Aurélien Bory’s performance installation Corps Noir in Kino Kuvakukko 14th of June. Build on an interface of dance, visual arts and natural science, the work captures the movement of a dancer to the canvas. It questions our idea of dance as a contemporary art when dance leaves an imprint.

Finnish Iiro Näkki and his work [frames] presents the oscillation between improvisation, set movement material and movement tasks with breathtaking choreography in Kulttuuriareena 44, 13th and 14th of June.

Spanish GNǀMC’s Set of Sets relies on precise cooperation of gravity defying dancers and creates constantly changing labyrinth in Kuopio City Theatre, 12th and 13th of June.

Genelec-Galas, 12th-14th of June, are starred by Finnish Kinetic Orchestra and winter guests with Alan Lucien Øyen’s Sinnerman. Gala night ends with Akram Khan’s Kaash performed by IT Dansa.

Le Patin Libre_Threshold. Photo © Rolline Laporte

Le Patin Libre from Canada takes contemporary dance on the ice. Le Patin Libre, founded by ex high-level figure skaters, defies traditional rules and transforms athleticism into means of free expression with their work Threshold in Ice Rink Lippumäki, 15th of June.

Cristiana Morganti’s Jessica and Me is a profile which mirrors experiences and life of the long-standing soloist of the iconic Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Kulttuuriareena 44, 15th and 16th of June.

Peeping Tom, Kind (Child) in Kuopio City Theatre 15th and 16th of June 2020

 Kind (Child), the latest part of Peeping Tom’s family trilogy, takes us into the world of a child. Every action is driven by how children see the world, by their fears and desires.

“Festival develops and changes through each artistic director. Now we are heading to the season where boundaries between different art forms are fading out”, states Festival Director Ms. Anna Pitkänen.

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