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Finland’s Full Moon Dance Festival opens on July 21 (until July 25, 2009)
 In the 18th holding of the festival this year (2009), the program features a new work titled Riff by one of Finland’s representative contemporary dance artists, Tommi Kitti, and performances of Situation Room (by Jyrki Karttunen) and Destruction Song (by Kenneth KvarnstroNm). In contrast to these works by male choreographers that explore the relationship between the individual and society, there are also works by female choreographers from Finland Denmark and Norway, making this a program that inspires thought about choreography and gender.

Also, as the product of a 3-year exchange residency program with Japan, there will be performances of a solo work by Anna and coupled performances of 1. centrifugal by Hiroaki Umeda in a collaborative production with Yokohama’s Red Brick Warehouse (premiered March 2009 at Red Brick Warehouse). The festival’s artistic director is Harri Kuorelahti.

Festival Outline:
This festival was launched in 1992 with the aim of providing young choreographers and dancers a place to perform experimental works, while also organizing forums for audience feedback and discussion. Since then it has been held every year. The town of Pyhäjärvi where it is held is small, with a population of just 7,500. However, even before the start of the festival the town was a center for dance where most of Finland’s primarily modern dance artists had performed or taught classes—a phenomenon known as “the miracle of Pyhäjärvi.” The festival presents the latest works from Finland and abroad and post-performance discussions and workshops in a program that is quite comprehensive approach to contemporary dance despite the festival’s smaller scale.
+Full Moon Dance Festival (Täydenkuun Tanssit)
Dates: July 21 – 25, 2009
Venues: Inmet, VPK, etc.