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Days of Disco

Choreographer Karttunen, Jyrki
First Performance 23.10.2009
Place of First Performance Stoa the Cultural Centre of Eastern Helsinki, Helsinki
Finnish premiere 23.10.2009
Place of Premiere Stoa the Cultural Centre of Eastern Helsinki, Helsinki
Style Contemporary Dance
Duration (min) 65
Scenography Kimmo Karjunen
Costume designer Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila
Lighting Designer Kimmo Karjunen
Sound designer Tuomas Fränti
Music composed for the work Tuomas Fränti

Other music The Bee Gees
- Disco Inferno
- You Should Be Dancing
- Staying Alive
Gustav Mahler
- Urlicht
Uri Caine
- Poem For Shulamit
- Dancing Queen
Gloria Gaynor
- I will survive
John Paul Young
- Love is in the Air

Video Kimmo Karjunen
Description 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.
Other Information 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

On video: Pirkko Ahjo, Piia Ahonen, Jonni Aromaa, Marianne Decoster-Taivalkoski, Tuomas Fränti,Mari Heino, Hanna-Leena Helavuori, Anne Hiekkaranta, Sirpa Häggman, Riku Immonen, Kimmo Karjunen, Jari Karttunen, Jyrki Karttunen, Johanna Keinänen, Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila, Jenni Laukkonen, Aksinja Lommi, Marko Mäkinen, Ukko Mäkinen, Oskari Mänttäri, Ukri Mänttäri, Vera Nevanlinna, Sirpa Nieminen, Mikko Paloniemi, Kaisa Pesonen, Heidi Räsänen, Tiina Suhonen, Ulla Tenhunen, Paula Tuovinen, Isto Turpeinen, Mika Väyrynen, Kati Åberg
Companies Karttunen Kollektiv
Zodiak - The Center for New Dance
Dancers Hiekkaranta, Anne (2009)
Karttunen, Jyrki (2009)
Oinonen, Ville (2009)
Paloniemi, Mikko (2009)