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DVD In the Mystical Land of Kaydara. Peeter Vähi

DVD Coppélia. A ballet by Léo Delibes

CD-series Great Maestros. Beethoven, Brahms. Kalle Randalu, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi

CD Quarter of a Century with Friends. Arsis, Rémi Boucher, Oliver Kuusik, Rauno Elp

Super Audio CD Maria Magdalena. Sevara Nazarkhan, Riga Dom Cathedral Boys Choir, State Choir Latvija, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra

CD Jerusalem. Hortus Musicus

LP Contra aut pro? Toomas Velmet, Neeme Järvi, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Arvo Pärt

CD The Soul of Fire. Age Juurikas


IN 2010

Korea in Focus

Artistic director – Peeter Vähi

The first ever concentrated show of oriental music in Estonia, a tradition going back to the year 1992, has brought the most authentic performers from India, Siberia, Middle East, Central Asia, Far East, and South East Asia. It is certainly a leading musical event in the Baltic States where music lovers can enjoy performers like Hariprasad Chaurasia, ensemble Kodō, Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar, Jivan Gasparyan, ensemble Huun-Huur-Tu, Alim Qasimov, Burhan Öçal, Sevara Nazarkhan, Gyuto and Gyume Buddhist monks, Wu Man, etc. Keep a close eye on our website and advertising – the show goes on.

Thu, Nov 4th at 10 am, Dance Academy, Solaris Centre (Estonia Ave 9, Tallinn)
Workshop: Traditional and Buddhist dance of Korea  

Fri, Nov 5th at 7 pm Nokia Concert Hall (Estonia Ave 9, Tallinn)

Program I: THE SOUND OF ECSTASY AND NECTAR OF ENLIGHTENMENT (Buddhist ritual chant and dance from Korea)
Performer: Young San Group (Ja In Temple, Seoul)
Artistic and spiritual leader: Ven Hee Dong

ImagetextLed by Venerable Dong Hee, the Young San Group of Buddhist monks performs traditional pŏmpae (범패).  Derived from ancient Buddhist ceremonies that were nearly lost to history, pŏmpae, literally ‘sacred chanting’, is a Buddhist tradition of ritual chant that may be compared with Gregorian chant in the Western tradition of Christianity. It offers a rich milieu of complex vocal patters and pure, heavy tones intended to induce ruminative calm and facilitate spiritual growth. The Young San Group's singing will be accompanied by traditional Korean drums, cymbals and gongs as well as ritualized dance pieces known as chakpop (작법). In the entire Buddhist world, the sounds of  pŏmpae and chakpop-dances of the Young San ceremony are unique to Korea and were nominated in 1973 for preservation as an Intangible Cultural Asset.

Performer: Mae Heon Chum Group from Kyung-gi province (South-Korea)
Music: trad

Shamanistic rites and dances: Bu-Jeong Noli (first parto of the 11-steps shamanistic rite), Mae Heon Ip Chum, Kae Keom, Do-Salpuri

Tue, Nov 9th at 6 pm National Library (Tõnismägi 2, Tallinn)
Lecture by Elli Feldberg (in Estonian): Shamanism and Buddhism of Korea


Sun, Nov 14th at 7 pm Russian Theatre (Vabaduse square 5, Tallinn)

Program I: 3 NIGHTS, 3 DAYS
Performer: NOW Dance Company
Concept / choreography: Sohn In-young
Story: Lee Jaewhan
Music: Back Junghyun
Costumes: Min Cheonhong
Light: Choi Hyongoh
Dancers: Kim Sungyeon, Yang Miran, Yang Soojin, Kim Byeongwha, Shin Joojin, Lee Hyunbum, Sohn In-young

Here, the audience gets to follow a traditional Korean burial ritual. The life of the dead is retraced and the slumber is chased away with a game of flower cards. After the life of the dead flashes back from the beginning of the end, the three-day funeral is over. Finally, people load the dead and his journey of life on a boat, a metaphor to life and death as an accident of nature and the natural circle of all things in heaven and earth. People, one by one, disappear to where everyone must go in the end.
Now Dance Company is putting a new source of energy behind the dance scene by advocating new modes of creative work using prototypical sources from traditional Korean dance. It possesses more than 50 programs ranging from traditional to contemporary dance.

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Program II: ROSE
Performer: Ahn Sungsoo Pick-up Group
Choreography: Ahn Sungsoo
Music: Igor Stravinsky (The Rite of Spring)
Dancers: Kim Donghyun, Kim Boram, Park Minyoung, Park Sooin, Lee Juhee, Lee Hyesang

In Rose, the audience gets to experience a new interpretation of the world famous ballet The Rite of Spring. In choreographer Ahn Sungsoo’s version, the men want to be a part of the women’s ritual circle dance and this time appoint a male sacrifice to spring. The Sungsoo Ahn Pick-up Group was formed in 1991 and is acclaimed for its interpretations of famous ballets and works of music.

Mon, Nov 15th at 12.30 pm, Dance Academy, Solaris Centre (Estonia Ave 9, Tallinn)
Workshop of Korean dance with Sohn In-young and Ahn Sungsoo

Peeter Vähi – artistic director
Tiina Jokinen – management director
Inna Kivi – producer
Kadri Kiis – accountant
Olavi Sööt – logistics
Mart Kivisild – design
Tanel Klesment – sound engineer
Reno Hekkonens – marketing

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Special thanks: Kore-A-Moves, IPAP, Estonian Culture Endowment, Tallinn University, Lee Jungeun, René Nõmmik

Next event: May 11th – 15th, 2011

See also: Orient festivals, Orient 2011, Orient 2009, Orient presents in 2008, Orient 2007, Orient presents in 2006, Orient 2005, Festival archives, Orient in Palmyra, The Path To The Heart Of Asia (CD recorded with featuring musicians of Orient 1992)

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