Hello listeners and readers, today we are here in Loviisa with Kati, from Loviisan Tanssiopisto for the opening of the amazing photographic exhibition celebrating the 10 years of the dance academy. You can visit the exhibition in Loviisan Almintalo from the 25th of january to the 12th of february with very special happenings on the 5th-11th and 12th of february at 13:00 and 15:00. Don't miss it !
- Greetings Kati, it is so nice to be here today. Would you like to shortly introduce yourself for our listeners ?
Hi RQL ! It is nice to meet you again. I'm Kati Kivilahti-Fagerud. I am a principal and dance teacher in Loviisan Tanssiopisto. Right now we are starting our tenth year anniversary celebration and I am very very happy and proud of these ten years.
-Ten years of Loviisan Tanssiopisto,congratulations for this great achievement ! Which kind of feelings looking back at these ten years ?
Mostly happy and joyful. So many kids have been with us for so many years and this means that we have been able to offer them interesting things in which they could develop and grow. Our aim it is not to make professional dancer in our school, but to let our kids grow into more healthy adults and have some additional tools in their life to use in whichever path they will engage themselves be it art, or dance or whatever else.
-In this exhibition we can admire ten years of pictures. Looking at the past ten years through these photos, what do you see ? How has been this experience so far ?
It's great to see all these photos on the walls. Those photos have made fleeting moments visible. Dance, as for example theater or circus, is the 'art of the moment'. Either as performer or in the audience, you can't really 'keep' a single moment out of a performance, because they're gone so fast. In this exhibition we have been able to make all those moments visible once again.
- When you first decided to have professionally taken pictures at the shows,was it already in your plans to create this sort of wonderful collection or it happened spontaneously ?
Janne Lehtinen, who is a pro photographer,who has been taking all of our pictures, he's a friend and it is just a great advantage to have in Loviisa these talented professionals who are also willing to work with us and help us. I think at the beginning Janne's own kids were in our circus school taking classes, and I think that it all started from that. But it has been great that he has been able to give his time, every year, reserving on his schedule a certain week-end just for us. It takes him a lot of time, staying with us and following already the rehersals, since during the show things happens so quickly in time and space that if you don't know ahead what can you expect you would lose those great moments. When last summer we started brain-storming about what to do during our tenth year, this was my own dream to make this exhibition happen, because Janne's pictures have been so wonderful. We can use a part of them for the press but there's so many more treasures that families could see.
- Ten years of Loviisan Tanssiopisto and One hundred years of finnish indipendence. A cheerful coincidence isn't it ?
Yes ! When we noticed it was like ' wow in the same year ' so we wanted to use this, so we applied to have this official label 'Suomi 100' and we got it. In these Suomi 100 happenings you have to show a very high level of committment, you have to do something that really whole Finland could be celebrating. You need to have regular happenings. The exhibition is the first part of this Suomi Sata Happening, the second one will be the spring show ''Noin seitseman sisarusta'' about seven sisters which is very roughly based on Aleksis Kivi's Seitsemän veljestä and it will be performed by seven girls, so everything is kinda different from that. This is going to happen on april the 23rd. This is going to be some kind of story telling show, as we maybe did for Alice, five years ago. Everybody knows Alice in Wonderland, and we used those elements, even if not in chronological order, to build our own story. So this year we will have once again a story, which have been written by all our teachers, working all together, which made me really happy.
- Any plan for the next ten years ?
... We have a dream ... about a Dance House here in Loviisa. We have been dreaming about this for a very long time. But when you finally says it aloud, maybe someday it will become true. We would love to have all of our spaces under the same roof, all of our studios in the same place and maybe also some kind of scene, which could be for visitors also from other regions to perform here. We already have in mind also the perfect place, now we only have to make it happen,mostly on the financial side. But well, this is our dream and our plan for the next five years.
Thank you Kati for taking your time to talk with us in this busy and joyful day.
And now a few pictures from the exhibition and opening :