The newest addition to the ERI ensemble, Karoliina Lummikko, prepares a solo dance number for the opening of the Autumn season. During the same evening, also Laura Alho and Toni Laakkonen will perform their small scale dance works. Three dancers, three works – accordingly, the whole will be performed during three nights, 16–18.8, under the name Karoliina's Club.
Hommage à Juha Vakkuri
Dance, music, buffet and jam session
The air vibrates of salt and of the breeze from the Guinea Bay. The majestic crests of the waves dwell, like a dream, before they break onto the shore. The palm tree foliages mirror the same magic; the slow, enchanted dance. Time itself turns soft an mild in this beige paradise of sea and sand. Its nights are carried by the cicadas’ choir and the endless, tender roaring of the sea. This is the milieu were the idea to Baila Africa was born… Tiina Lindfors visited Gran Popo twice and invited the fiends she made there to Turku and to ERI.
The highly popular, Africa-inspired soirées are back for the fourth time: In September and October, the ERI theatre will, once again, be invaded by exotic colours and flavours, by the rhythmic magic of drums, by the enchantment of dance. The Drum virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Noel Saïzonou from Benin will be joined by two percussion maestros: Akim Color, also from Benin, and Mikko Väärälä from Turku. The group creates intoxicating rhythms, and the audience can join in.
Like before, the ERI dancers shine over the hypnotic music. This time, Vivi-Ann Sjögren's storys tell about the lizards in Africa. The joint meal which is served during the intermission is composed according to Sjögren's African recipes.
During the intermission, food fantasy is taking over. On the menu you'll find an aromatic Beninese chicken- or vegetarian stew served with rice and a glass of wine or non-alcoholic drink. The Beninese stew is real superfood with a proper mouth feeling - crac-crac. (L, G)
Duration c. 2hrs including intermission
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€