Look@Dance Finland festival in St.Petersburg
Look @ Dance Finland festival was held on the New stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater 1-2.12 in St.Petersburg. During the weekend to the russian audience were presented two contemporary dance works (three shows), workshops, a public talk and Finnish dance films. Both Susanna Leinonen Company's Nasty and Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin's Anna Karenina were warmly taken by audience. Nasty brought up the uncommon for
State theatres point of view on being a woman in today's society. It was followed with an interest and aroused some discussions around the topic in media.
Anna Karenina was brought to the venues were the novel events are actually happening. The audience was taken by surprise by the "crazy" interpretation of the piece.
In addition to choreographies four Finnish dance films of Kati Kallio, Johanna Nuutinen + CO and Jukka Rajala-Granstubb, Marja Helander, Thomas Freundlich and Valtteri Raekallio complemented the picture of what is happening in finnish contemporary dance.
The festival had a great attention in russian media.
“Finnish dance companies, distinguished by their rigid conceptualism, rationality, laconic language and frank preference for physical theater, are well-known in Russia thanks to the festival - he brings his neighbors regularly.” - Anna Galaida (Russian newspaper, federal issue 6.12)
"Two performances, the internal themes of which intersect in a bizarre way, at the same time destroyed the idea of Finnish dance as something monolithic and working in a single stream." - Anna Galaida (Russian newspaper, federal issue 6.12)
The partners of the festival were Kannon Dance & OPEN LOOK St.Petersburg International Dance Festival, Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg and The Finnish Institute in St. Petersburg.