World Cultures Festival: Hybrid Dance and Music Performance Breath
Why We Recommend it
Described as “ultra-cool existentialism”, Breath by Finnish choreographer Tero Saarinen and musician Kimmo Pohjonenis offers visually stunning movements that defy the imagination and understanding of dance.
Tero Saarinen, a choreographer-dancer, constantly searches for varied forms of expression. He reaches out to traditional Japanese dance and Butoh (a form of Japanese dance theatre that encompasses a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or movement following World War II), classical ballet, and martial arts in his spirited contemporary creations. He has collaborated with the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT1), Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company, and Lyon Opéra Ballet, among others, producing more than 40 works to date.
Kimmo Pohjonen, musician and revolutionary master accordionist is fearless and impressively energetic (even swimming in glaciers in winter). Variously referred to as the Jimi Hendrix and Björk of the accordion, he muscularly metamorphoses its lilting image with his electrified, custom-made instrument into a raging, engaging new presence.