A U G U S T D A N C E F E S T I V A L
Tallinn / Estonia
August DanceFestival is a contemporary performing art festival introducing new generation of performing arts artists from the World to the Baltic region and serves as a meeting point and common ground for artists.
August DanceFestival is artist oriented, focusing on artists work, thought and argumentation with the audience and other artists. Since 2004 every second year the festival is devoted to emerging young artist and their work.
The choice of artists will be done in the faith of presenting the diversity and progressiveness of performing art.
First August DanceFestival was held in 1999 in Tallinn, but it is a continuation of summer festival idea started in 1996 in Pärnu, Estonia.
The festival is taking place mainly at the Kanuti Gildi Saal. The Kanuti Gildi SAAL is Estonian’s first production and event house devoted exclusively to the genre of contemporary dance and art and situated in the centre of Tallinn Old Town.
The 6th edition of the August DanceFestival will be held on August 16.-31, 2005.
Jo Strømgren Kompani "The Hospital", Photocredit: Knut Bry
16.08 / 21:00 Kanuti Gildi SAAL
RASMUS ÖLME / REFUG /SWE>BEL/ ‘RASMUS KOSMOS ‘ /pre-premiere/
A huge step for me, but a small step for mankind.
Rasmus Ölme is one of Sweden’s up-and-coming choreographers. Residing in Brussels, he has been producing his own work in Sweden and Belgium since 2001. He is known for highly physical movements and the subtle mix of dance and theater.
17.08 / 21:00 Kanuti Gildi SAAL
CARLOS PEZ /SPA/ & MARGUS TOOMLA /EST/´Already played tomorrow´
Estonian version of the Carlos Pez performance-project that doesn’t exist, that never existed and will never exist. We don’t see it on stage but in our imaginations through the act of telling which appears as a performance in itself.
NOA DAR DANCE GROUP /ISR/ ’The Sweetest Embrace’
In an exhausting battle arena, which is simultaneously heroic and banal – a man and woman try to find a way to live with one another. Throughout the impossible struggle for „happiness“, the borders of the public and the individual territories are defined and erasing constantly. Israelian choreographer Noa Dar’s first appearance in Estonia is full of desire and fear.
18.08 / 21:00 Kanuti Gildi SAAL
PAZ ROJO (SPA/HOL) ’Basic Dance’
Paz Rojo made a solo, which she offered to the Brazilian dancer Cristian Duarte with her wish to be translated. Duarte’s answer developed in a dialogue: Two solos embodying their relationship by the grace of imagination and play. What is the role of the dancer’s physical history in this process of reproduction? And what appears or disappears? Basic Dance is an invitation to look. An encounter. A negotiation that constructs a space of proximity and change.
20.08 / 21:00 Kanuti Gildi SAAL
EMMANUELLE HUYNH & NICOLAS FLOC’H /FRA/ ’NUMÉRO’
In Numéro, the two artists, plastic artist Nicolas Floc'h and choreographer Emmanuelle Huynh, wanted to confront directly the way they think space, trajectory and massive shape in a plastic drama in which light is an important protagonist. Numéro is thought as a conjuring trick whose components are: threatening roundabout objects, souvenirs from Japan, a shadowgraph, flying lights, some science fiction.
22.08 / 20:00 & 21:00 & 22:00 Kanuti Gildi SAAL studio
EDDIE LADD /Wales/ ‘Sawn-off Scarface’
Sawn-off Scarface is a duet and a (semi) ironic tribute to Scarface, Brian de Palma’s notorious 1983 film classic, starring Al Pacino. Performed to a short, tough synopsis of the plot, and on something close to a sticky, wet nightclub floor, it reduces nearly three hours of film action to twelve minutes. Eddie Ladd was brought up on a farm in west Wales, in a culture that makes its own fun. She began making her own work in 1993.
24.08 / 21:00 Kanuti Gildi SAAL
MART KANGRO+KRÕÕT JUURAK+RAIDO MÄGI+MERLE SAARVA+URSULA SAAL ’Positions’
Concert-performance project by four top Estonian dance artists and saxophone player Ursula Saal. Starting point was to study the positions of music, dance, musicians and dancers within their mutual dialogue. The goal is not to combine or relatively illustrate music and dance in the traditional sence.
25.08 / 21:00 Kanuti Gildi SAAL
united dancers of ZUGA ‘are you ZUGA? myth and reality’
From March till April three dance makers worked on her own solos in different locations. All solos were then assembled in a full-evening performance by the united dancers of ZUGA. ZUGA is one of the most known Estonian contemporary dance collectives, who are interested in working process because the result is always relative and depends from the context where it will be placed.
27.08 / 21:00 teater NO99
XAVIER LE ROY (FRA/GER) ’Project’
"Project" is a piece that shows that a piece is more than just a piece. Initiated by Xavier Le Roy, it started as an investigation into the relation between production, process, and product in dance and theatre. Between 1999 and 2002, E.X.T.E.N.S.I.O.N.S. took place as an ongoing series of workshops in different places with different people, as a collaborative experiment with the process of process.
The notion of games and play became a central tool, topic and method. As performative practices, games offer new perspectives on theatrical as well as social practices.
30.08 & 31.08 / 21:00 Kanuti Gildi SAAL
JO STRØMGREN KOMPANI /NOR/ ’The Hospital’
In a not so remote country. Three nurses are stationed at a provincial clinic, a humanist outpost forgotten by both the sick and the healthy. The have very few patients. None actually. Something must be wrong, but no further instructions have yet arrived.
This is the new performance by well-known Norwegian choreographer-director, Jo Strømgren.
Tickets: Piletilevi and Piletimaailm box-offices, Von Krahl Theatre box-office (Rataskaevu 10, ph. +372 626 90 90) & half an hour before the performance at the door.
August DanceFestival 2005 is supported by Ministry of Culture of Estonia; Tallinn City Council Cultural Heritage Department; Cultural Endowment of Estonia; Goethe Institute Tallinn; French Cultural Centre; AFAA – L'Association francaise d'action artistique; French-German foundation; SAS- Scandinavian Airlines; Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tallinn; Embassy of Sweden in Tallinn; Swedish Institute; Embassy of Israel; Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel; Lembitu Hotel; NordScen; Wales Arts International and British Council Tallinn.
Kanuti Gildi SAAL
Pikk 20 / 10133 Tallinn
tel. (+372) 64 64 476
tel. (+372) 64 64 704