The glamorous Gala evenings to celebrate ERI's anniversary present highlights from the repertory through the years. Humour and solemnity meet during the Galas, where a range of guest artists participate, along with the ERI dancers. The impressive, high-class dance performances are accompanied by stories born during ERI's lifetime. The Gala evening is hosted by Tiina Lindfors
The second part of the Gala Evening is dedicated to the first performance of Seita, a rhytmic, pulsating new creation which challenges the ensemble's technical skills as interpreters of a fascinating and demanding choreography.
The music is Kalevi Aho's enchanting percussion concert Sieidi. Sieidi is the Sámi word for Seita, a place of sacrifice out in nature. In the Sámi shamanism, Sieidi can be a huge stone or a sacred well.
In Tiina Lindfors' choreography Seita, here given the shape of a female, tunes the dancers around her into both visualising and respecting the value and power of the untamed nature. The piece grows into a plea for the rights of indigenous peoples. However, linked to the theatrical means, Seita proceeds as an abstract outburst and obediently follows the structure of the genius music, pulsating its magic primordial power.
A soulful tango concert where influences from jazz and classical music melt into the traditional Argentinian tango. Astor Piazzola and Carlos Gardel's classics are performed along with own arrangements.
Together with the pianist Petri Haapasalo, the shining soloists on stage – the illustrious Martin Alvarado from Buenos Aires and the wide-spectrum artist, mezzosoprano Essi Luttinen – take tango onto new tracks. Being a co-operation between the musicians and ERI, the concert includes dancers Eeva Soini and Lassi Sairela, scintillating on the stage.
To celebrate the anniversary, ERI stages a colorful fairytale for children and their families: Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, one of the best-known classics in English children’s literature. In James McNamara’s strongly visual dance version, the fantastic adventure abounds in humoristic nuances, yet respects the tale’s own special character.
Choreography: James McNamara
Cast: Laura Alho, Toni Laakkonen, Karoliina Lummikko, James McNamara
Lighting: Tapio Väntsi
Costumes: Tuula Bergqvist
Other performances: 5.- 19.12.
45 min, no intermission
Note – two adults + two children / one adult + three children 50€