Dance Performance: Trail by Finnish choreographer Tero Saarinen, Dec. 12 & 13 2015 @ Kenya National Theatre
Performers and audience are set to engage in a remarkable dance performance “TRAIL” by renowned Finnish choreographer Tero Saarinen on the 12th and 13th of December at the Kenya National Theatre.
“TRAIL” fuses different styles of dance and music and brings together an exquisite group of 12 strong male and female dancers from various regions of Kenya. Renowned European choreographer Tero Saarinen (Finland) and his highly acclaimed artistic team, celebrated in 40 countries across the world, are creating a gripping new contemporary dance production that celebrates the talent, explosive energy and beauty of Kenyan dancers.
With the African continent merged into processes of global cultural flows, African artists are no longer located only in Africa and the African diaspora, but also in the virtual, inter-medial areas, as for instance in video art or the Internet. This post-modern Africa is still often noticed as ‘traditional’, in most cases with a claim for “authenticity”. Contemporary African pieces of dance are ways to build upon this ‘trail’ of authenticity and use the strength of both tradition as well as innovation.
TRAIL is collaboration between Tero Saarinen Company and local organization Ghetto Exposed, supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland as well as the Finnish Embassy in Nairobi.
The project is part of the 50-year anniversary celebrations of the diplomatic relations between Kenya and Finland.