Kuopio Dance Festival (Kuopio Tansii ja Soi)

Uusi kuva, Kuopio Dance Festival, Lake Valkeinen at night — Photo by Kari Palsila (Kuopio, Finland); and Kuopio Tansii ja Soi 2010. Avajaiset Satamatorilla, Pieni balettiseurue esiintyy — Photo by Kuva Petri Laitinen.
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Country and Region FinlandEastern Finland
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival Kuopio, Eastern Finland, Finland
Festival Contact Information

Kuopio Tansii ja Soi
Torikatu 18
FIN-70110 Kuopio, Finland
Phone: +358 50 365 62 74, or +358 50 543 92 67
Email: office@kuopiodancefestival.fi

Festival Description

The Kuopio Dance Festival celebrated its 43rd anniversary in 2012. Each year Kuopio's program is determined by a selected theme.

Festival Dates June 13 – 19 2013
Festival Links http://www.kuopiodancefestival.fi

Festival Story:

The oldest and biggest annually held dance festival in Nordic Countries, established in 1970. The programme contains about 20 contemporary, classical as well as folklore dance performances from Finland and abroad that include the audience of approximately 7000-9000 participants. Each year tens of dance courses and workshops for professional dancers, amateurs and beginners are offered (approximaterly 650 participants). In addition to the main programme there are dancing and music programme at the outdoor venues, market square, museums, restaurants, Regional Dance Centre venues etc. Approximately 30,000-40,000 visitors are drawn to the beautiful town in the Lakeland area 400 km to the North from the capital of Helsinki. Flight from Helsinki takes some 45 minutes, by train some 4 hours. The festival is held annually in June.


Festival Events:

Programming 2012:
    Venue — Music Centre Chamber Music Hall & Kulttuuriareena 44
    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.

    • June 14
      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 (Finland).
    • During the Festival week
      Karttunen Kollektiv, and new generation choreographers Carl Knif and Joona Halonen (Finland), 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.
    • June 15
      In Kulttuuriareena 44, the Festival week will open on Friday, June 15th with Compagnie Opinion Public, bringing a fresh, strong, polished and aesthetic contemporary dance from Belgium. Tanssiteatteri MD from Finland will entertain Moomin fans of all ages with their brilliant 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.
    • June 20
      The week in Kulttuuriareena 44 will conclude with the Finnish premiere of Kite, created for Japanese dancers by the Mother of Finnish Contemporary dance, Ervi Sirén.
  • Les Ballets Trockadero DE MONTE CARLO in Kuopio THIS SUMMER
    Venue — Music Centre Grand Hall

    • Kuopio will offer something exotic from India, contemporary dance from Brazil, Belgium and Japan, and ballet from Poland and the USA. The opening day (June 14th) will culminate with a new four-part Symphony 4 – Dances, performed in the Grand Hall of the Music Centre. It is a premiere with the Kuopio City Orchestra playing the musical score, composed by Atso Almila, and choreographed by Jorma Uotinen, danced by Pori Dance Company. This evening will also feature a choreography called Wanha by Tero Saarinen, premiered in Kuopio in 1994, and performed now by the Pori Dance Company dancers Mikko Lampinen and Riku Lehtopolku. From the home-grown premiere the programme will smoothly move on to Indian exoticism, as the internationally acclaimed Ranganiketan dance company from Manipur takes to the main stage. The company’s repertoire includes spectacular traditional and tribal dances, and acrobatic sword and drum dances.
    • Contemporary dance is represented in the programme by Brazilian Cia Sociedade Masculina, whose one of the choreographers is Jomar Mesquita who wowed the crowds last summer in Kuopio with his Mimulus company.
    • The latter part of the Festival week on the main stage is reserved for ballet.
    • The hugely successful, American Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will bring to Kuopio technically high-flying classical ballet with a pinch of parody and humour, and a nod to the times when the stage was an exclusively male domain. The company was founded in 1974, and its male members dance both the male and the female ballet roles in a manner of parody while maintaining technically top-drawer professionalism. The company’s appearances have included the Bolshoi theatre and the Lyon biennale.
    • After Trockadero, the auditorium will be taken over by the Polish National Ballet, whose repertoire includes both classical and neoclassical ballet, as well as contemporary dance. Among other pieces, Kuopio will see the internationally successful modern ballet Kurt Weill by the company’s Artistic Director Krzysztof Pastor.
Workshops 2012:
  • The Festival will also offer extensive training courses; the course programme for professionals, amateurs and beginners will be published in February. We expect some 700 participants in the courses.
Free Shows 2012:
  • In addition to the main performances there will also be plenty of quality shows to see for free, commemorating the Finnish National Ballet’s 90th anniversary and the Finnish Dancers’ Associations’ 75th anniversary. The programmes for the Hall of Lights (Eläke-Fennia Forum, Dance Marathon…), the Festival clubs (Restaurant Intro, Restaurant Kummisetä and Restaurant Amarillo), Passanger Harbour (Mon-Sat 11 am) and the Regional Dance Centre Paikallisliike will be published in February-May.
Additional information:
  • Please see the main programme from January, the course programme from the end of February, and the fringe programme later in the spring. Ticket sales and course sales will open on March 1, 2012.


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Practical Info:

  • Music Centre Chamber Music Hall (about 180 seats)
  • Music Centre Grand Hall (about 1000 seats)
  • Kulttuuriareena 44 (about 180 seats)
Travel and Accommodation:
  • 400 km to the North from the capitol Helsinki
  • By train 3,5 – 5 hours from Helsinki
  • By flight 45-60 minutes from Helsinki (Finnair, SAS Blue1)
Travelling to Kuopio:
  • http://www.finair.fi
  • http://www.sas.fi
  • http://www.blue1.fi
  • http://www.vr.fi


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