Stellaris DansTeater (Hammerfest, Norway) and ”Kantele” - State National Song and Dance ensemble of The Republic of Karelia (Petrozavodsk)
An inspiring performance based on Vespian and Sami culture. Powerful dancing and moving music blends in a beautiful performance
As an indigenous population, both the Russian/Vepsian and Norwegian/Sami culture have strong traditions. Kantele´s roots lie in the culture and traditions of indigenous people in Karelia, and the company is 83 years old. They are famous for their musical folklore, traditional dance and music with a modern expression. Stellaris DansTeater is the oldest independent dance company in Norway, and has previously created several performances based on Sami culture, with the pieces "Geidosis", "Rissninger" and "Avadat". Choreographer Solveig Leinan-Hermo quickly responded with a yes to the request from Kantele to make a production that would connect the two companys and combine their two unique cultures. For "Adnazdi" we have gathered material from Kantele´s fantastic repertoire in order to challenge the different expressions of their repertoire and the traditions of contemporary dance.
Photos: Solveig Leinan-Hermo/Kirill Ågnev
Choreographer, idea and producer Solveig Leinan-Hermo Assistant for Kantele´s dance repertoire: Oksana Smirnova Composer, singer/joik and music design Halvdan Nedrejord Lysdesign Steinar Lohne Costume design Hilde Skancke Pedersen Costumes choir Kantele
Dancers Ekaterina Nikitina, Eivind Linn, Tonje Aas Molnes, Ksenya Veselkova, Tatiana Papulova, Oksana Smirnova, brødrene Pavel, Semen and Aleksandr Dudal Choir Tatiana Peron (solist), Marina Evseeva, Irina Popova, Marita Prokhorova, Mariia Sabinina, Marina Tukkiia Lead singer Irina Popova Translator and production assistant Anna Karpova Production assistance, marketing and design Marie Hermo Jensen Print house typo´nor
Sound technician Thomas Huru Directors of collaboration with Kantele and Karelia Tatiana Temnisheva and Olga Vlasova Director of choir Aino from Kantele Marina Ustinova Head choreographer for ensemble Kantele Oksana Smirnova Artistic Director for Kantele Vacheslav Ivanov Production assistance from Kantele Tatiana Papulova
Costume consultant Hilde Skancke Pedersen Seamstress Natalia Egorova Rehearsal Director in Petrozavodsk Oksana Smirnova Producer for Kantele Tatiana Papylova
Production Stellaris DansTeater, Norway in collaboration with the staff at the The National Song and Dance Ensemble of the Republic of Karelia «KANTELE».
The performance is supported by BarentsKult, Hammerfest Kommune, Samediggi and Fond for utøvende kunstnere.
Duration 50 min
The performance is suited for children from 7 years