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Tallinn is a fascinating mix of the historic and get up and go modernism. And this is nowhere better seen than in the Tallinn August Festival where cutting edge modern dance artists from Estonia, Germany and the UK are performing in a lovely old Guild building.
As if to sum up the history of the past 50 years of this Baltic country of 1.5 million inhabitants, Kanuti's previous use was as the communication centre for the KGB in Estonia. Soviet era paint and lino still "adorn" the floors and the frontage is receiving a complete facelift to bring it back to its previous glory.
With the voluntary support of the local dance community, seats from an old cinema and financial support from the town council and a variety of sponsors, Priit Raud and Kaja Kann, the centre organisers, are working wonders on a shoestring for dance in this beautiful city.
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<small>According to the law
; choreography: S.P.A. / Katrin Essenson</small>
We are now in the middle of the August Festival, but the next 10 days sees the bulk of the programme including some intriguing collaborations between local artists and the well known internationally famous German artist Thomas Lehman.
Here is the remaining programme: August
wednesday 19:30 Mart Kangro version Thomas Lehmen's perfomance
thursday 19:30 Renate Keerd "Mystical sounds in snoring night"
tuesday 19:30 Robert Black /USA/ + Ige D'Aquino /BRAS/ "Music is painting, painting is music!"
wednesday 19:30 Thomas Lehmen+esk kompagnie/EST-GER/ "Baustelle…"
thursday 19:30 Heini Nukari /FIN-GER/ "Station Kautchuk"
Dance theatre FINE 5 "A Bit Before Tomorrow"
saturday 21:00 S.P.A./ Katrin Essenson "According to the law"
Here is the link to the English language section of the Festival website
and then click on the names of the companies for further details. We hope to have reports of some of the performances. And if you fancy seeing modern dance surrounded by mediaeval buildings and prices from 10 years ago (most tickets are about $5) then get on a plane as soon as possible.
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