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Jun. 14, 2012
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Finland’s long-standing Kuopio Dance Festival opens for 43rd holding (June 14 – 20, 2012)
 
Kuopio Dance Festival is one of Finland’s leading festivals presenting a highly diverse program of international dance works in genres ranging from ballet to contemporary dance, ethnic dance and music. The 2012 festival marks the 43rd holding and the program features 11 works from Belgium, Brazil, India, Japan, Poland, the USA and Finland.
The Festival will open with a collaboration piece by Artistic Director Jorma Uotinen and conductor Atso Almila. It is a premiere with the Kuopio City Orchestra playing the musical score, composed by Atso Almila, and choreographed by Jorma Uotinen.
Among the six works from Finland (including four premieres) much attention focuses on the work Kite by a choreographer Ervi Sirén. This is a collaborative work created through the “2011-2012 Japan-Finland Residence Exchange Collaborative program” between Helsinki’s ZODIAK company and Kyoto’s JCDN and dancers from Japan including Masaru Kakio, Takao Kawaguchi, Koji Tamamura, Takiko Iwabuchi and Yumi Tateishi are participating and the lighting is by the dumb type company’s Takayuki Fujimoto. Other new works by young choreographers include Manuscript by Carl Knif and Whispering Cosmos by Joona Halonen.
On the schedule of foreign works, is the Brazilian contemporary dance group of eight male dancers Cia Sociedade Masculina, the internationally acclaimed Ranganiketan dance company from Manipur, India and from American the all male ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will bring classical ballet with a pinch of parody and humour. The Polish National Ballet led by Krzysztof Pastor will round out the richly varied program.

Festival Outline
This festival is held each year in June in the city of Kuopio, capital of the Northern Savonia region of eastern Finland. The festival is one of Finland’s leading festivals presenting a highly diverse program of international dance works in genres ranging from ballet to contemporary dance, ethnic dance and music, all attracting an audience of about 40,000. The Festival also offers extensive training courses; the course programed for professionals, amateurs and beginners, etc. The festival is supported not only by Finland’s Ministry of Education and the City of Kuopio, but also major Finnish business enterprises, etc., and it serves an important role as a showcase in the development of contemporary dance not only in Finland but in the rest of Europe as well. From Japan, Leni Basso was invited to the 2005 festival.
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