DAYS OF DISCO
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Karttunen Kollektiv: Days of Disco


First, a word of caution for those who expect to see the iconic disco images of Saturday Night Fever. The production Days of Disco by Karttunen Kollektiv is not a pastiche of the glittering past. Instead it is a highly personal take on the thing called disco by a contemporary choreographer.

In Days of Disco Jyrki Karttunen and his artistic team have drawn from the beats and styles of the past, but brought them solidly into the present day. The piece skilfully navigates past the most obvious clichés connected with disco, and ends up being an intimate and even tender performance about people whose individual experiences are the building blocks of a phenomenon.
Days of Disco also has a very personal starting point, Jyrki Karttunen’s wish to explore the time of his own childhood, the second half of the 1970s. This gives the piece its slightly melancholic undertone: the title also stands for all the dearly remembered things that are forever gone, except from our memories. But since this is a piece by Jyrki Karttunen, temporary melancholy is constantly mellowed by warm-hearted humour.
Dancers: Anne Hiekkaranta, Jyrki Karttunen, Ville Oinonen, Mikko Paloniemi

Set, lighting and video design: Kimmo Karjunen
Composer and sound design: Tuomas Fränti
Costume design: Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila
Assistant dramaturge: Piia Ahonen
Assistant for costume design and dressmaking: Sanna Bollström
Video shooting of the memories: Piia Ahonen, Kimmo Karjunen, Petri Tuohimaa
Assistant for sound design: Hannu Hauta-Aho
Graphic design and photos: Marko Mäkinen

Choreography and concept: Jyrki Karttunen

Production: Karttunen Kollektiv / Satu Immonen, Zodiak – Centre For New Dance, Stoa Cultural Centre Of Eastern Helsinki

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