International Dance Day invites everybody to free-of-charge gala

Photo: Csillag Pal

This year Vantaa celebrates both 100-year-old Finland and 30-year-old Dance Day gala. In honor of the round years, Vantaa welcomes everybody to the Dance Day gala: this time, you can enjoy the fabulous dance performances free of charge.

Thanks to the free tickets, Vantaa Cultural Services especially challenges those not yet bitten by the dance fly as well as those that have not, for other reasons, had the chance to enjoy the magic of dance.

The Dance Day gala takes place on Saturday, April 29, starting at 19:00, in Energia Areena. Come and take your partner, friend, godparent, grandparents, or your entire family, with you to this joyful and charming event.

Distribution of free tickets will begin on Monday, March 13, at Vantaa Infos. At max. four tickets per person will be given.

Outstanding dancers from all over Europe on the stage

The gala will show the many forms of ballet. The offering ranges from classical ballet with its high jumps and dozens of pirouettes to more modern neoclassical style, which is streamlined and highly stylized. What would be more romantic that the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet danced to the ever-wonderful music by Prokofjev. That scene will be presented in the gala by the magnificent solo dancers Maria Yakovleva and Richárd Szabó of the Vienna State Opera’s ballet. They will also dance Libertango to the music by Astor Piazzolla.

Another classic, Pas d’esclave of the ballet Le Corsaire, that is, the Pirate, will be performed by the star dancers Elza Leimane and Arturs Sokolovs of the Latvian National Opera and Ballet. Meanwhile, the solo dancers Alexandra Kozmér and Roland Liebich of the Hungarian National Ballet will interpret more modern neoclassical ballet from Whirling and Connection.

Black and White is a modern-day adaptation of the Swan Lake

Artistic director and choreographer of the Ballet of the National Theatre Brno, Mário Radačovský, visited Vantaa's Dance Day gala a few years ago with Bratislava dancers. The story of Black and White is very personal to Radačovský: emotions generated by a severe illness and a long stay at hospital inspired this work that gave him a new perspective on life. The charming and fresh ballet will be interpreted by Emilia Vuorio—who has danced at a number of different ballets—and her partner Arthur Abram.

Athletic male dancers compete with one another a twinkle of humor in their eyes

Photo: Hans Gerritsen

The world-famous dance group Introdans brings three male dancers to Vantaa who will perform Robert Battle's prize-winning work Three. This highly physical and humoristic work successfully combines hip hop, breakdance and modern dance.

Dance styles to satisfy tastes wide and varied

The Dance Day gala also presents pole dance, show dance, as well as charming children and young people celebrating the gala's 30-year-long journey. In addition, the gala celebrates 100-year-old Finland by dedicating the event to the diverse members of the audience. Senior Vantaa citizens will especially be invited to the gala, which is hosted by Marco Bjurström.

Antti Lindtman, member of parliament and chairman of Vantaa City Council, will read the declaration of the Dance Day gala.

Vantaa Cultural Services arranges the Dance Day gala.

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Published: 22.2.2017 
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