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Celebration of dance, music and poetry in honour of the 150th anniversary of the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.
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Join us in the celebration of dance, music, poetry and the mysteries of the deep Northern woods. 'From The Shadows of The Forest' is dance production investigating humans using nature as a source of inspiration. Since the beginning of mankind, nature has been one of the greatest sources of inspiration to artists of all trades. With the urbanization and the forward march of social interaction in the cyber world, we as humans are at risk of losing our connection with this great source of creativity. My work is an effort to get back to the roots, to draw movement from the raw depths of the individual human being, to find the forest in all of us. My collaborators, the dancers and musicians of California are working to the depths of their being to find the connection between the power and energy of the human body and the mysterious and delicate deep forests of the North. The work is presented as an evening length theatre production this September 18th and 19th in Long Beach, California, with collaboration of seven dancers and a live music ensemble.

This work is inspired by the music of the great Finnish classical composer, Jean Sibelius who's 150th anniversary is celebrated this year. His works were greatly influenced by the forest and the mythologies of the North. His compositions live on in repertories of symphonic orchestras world wide, from Helsinki to London, Sydney, Los Angeles and beyond.

Besides the deep woods, poetry was a great source of inspiration for Sibelius and he travelled several times to the beautiful Karelia in Finland, to study the traditional ways of poetry singing. In his travels he met with a poet Petri Shemeikka, my great great great grandfather. Sibelius wrote on his memoirs how Shemeikka was singing poems to him in such astonishing passion that a whole day and night went by without a break.

My ancestor's dedication to his art impressed me a great deal, and I am channelling that passion for this production. However, no matter how much passion there is for the creation, we cannot bring this vision to life without your help. Besides my forever gratefulness, I am dedicated to compensate the collaborators for their time and artistry. Also, production costs such as rental of performance venue, technical personnel, costumes, printed material etc. add up. Therefore we are reaching out to you to join us in this journey of discovery and to bring our vision alive. Please consider supporting us, even a small donation takes us a long way.

Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

When working with art form, such as live dance and music, where the final product and the stuff that it's made of solely consists of live humans, the unexpected is more of a rule that an exception. This is something that makes it so challenging, yet absolutely wonderful and rewarding to work with. As a dance maker you are always prepared for last minute changes and unusual events. The greatness with dance is its organic nature which makes the changes possible even when already on stage.

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