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Cirko Festival

Humaneesi: Musicorps

Ⓒ Inkeri Jäntti

At Cirko Festival every day ends with Humaneesi – a free klub at Cirko's own Maneesi hall. Humaneesi is a visually strong environment which atmosphere is created by five unique club nights varying from DJ sets to tight wire dancing and from aerial acrobatics to techno.

Musicorps is part of the thematic spring event series of the Finnish Soloist Association. The musical
happening explores themes related to corporeality and music, e.g., articulation of bodily movement and
the human voice, rhythmicality and relationship with the space and spectator-listeners, corporeality of
audio frequencies and emotional horizons of movement and sound.

The event opens up a new perspective on the ancient performance traditions of art music and dance that
are based on virtuosic skill and control. In Musicorps, these traditions are contrasted with movement
improvisation, modern technology and the music itself.


J.S. Bach: Partita in E Major
Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, violin
Jan Fecko, dance

Violinist Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch and dancer Jan Fecko will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita in E
Major, which is perhaps the most danceable of Bach’s works for solo violin.

K. Stockhausen: Der kleine Harlekin (15 min)
Lauri Sallinen, clarinet / movement

Karlheinz Stockhausen’s piece The Little Harlequin for a dancing solo clarinettist is a classic in the genre that combines movement with music performance. Stockhausen has marked the choreography meticulously in the sheet music, mainly with rhythmic notation and precise verbal instructions. Rhythmically the choreography is in seamless dialogue with the clarinet. This piece that includes, for example, tap dance and mime, integrates music, movement and sounds created by motion into a whirlwind of the avant-garde, entertainment and virtuosity.

Clarinettist Lauri Sallinen has prepared the performance with choreographer Mikko Hyvönen and dance
artist Marjo Selin. The costume was designed and made by costume designer Tarja Suopajärvi.


Pix Graeca (18 min) (2015)
M. Hynninen: ...sicut aurora procedit for violin, aerial acrobatics and live electronics (2015)
Ilona Jäntti, choreography and aerial acrobatics
Mirka Malmi, violin

Ysaÿe Project (20 min) (2017)
E. Ysaÿe: Solo Sonata No 2
Ilona Jäntti and Natalie Reckert, choreography and acrobatics
Mirka Malmi, violin


Britten for Cello and Body (n. 20 min)
B. Britten: Solo Cello Suite No 1
Iida-Vilhelmiina Sinivalo, cello
Hanna Pajala, dance
Aki Päivärinne, sound engineering

Britten for Cello and Body is a piece based on Benjamin Britten’s Solo Cello Suite No 1 and improvisation. It is created with cello, dance and the Sounding Motion technology. Sounding Motion is an interactive, digital tool for musical expression, where the sensors attached to a dancer’s body detect her movements and send them to be processed into sound. The method reverses the traditional order of sound and movement in performance. Besides composing movement, the dancer generates sound, in other words, she becomes a composer in motion. Somatic listening raises the possibility for emotional resonance, which challenges the bodily norms and conventions of classical music.


Timetable for the evening

7 PM doors open

*7.30PM Dinner for two*
J. S. Bach: Partita E Major
Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, violin
Jan Fecko, dance

7.50–8.05PM break – doors and bar open

*8.05PM Ysaÿe Project*
Eugène Ysaÿe: Solo sonata no 2
Mirka Malmi, violin
Ilona Jäntti, aerial acrobatics
Natalie Reckert, handstand

8.25–8.40PM  break – doors and bar open

*8.40PM K. Stockhausen: Der kleine Harlekin*
Lauri Sallinen, clarinet/movement

8.55–9.10PM break – doors and bar open

*9.10PM Britten for Cello and Body – Unspoken Words*
Britten: Soolosellosonaatti no 1 :een pohjaava musiikki
Iida-Vilhelmiina Sinivalo, cello
Aki Päivärinne, sound tecnhology
Hanna Pajala, dance

9.30–9.45PM break – doors and bar open

*9.45PM Pix Graeca*
Maija Hynninen: ...sicut aurora procedit
Maija Hynninen, live-electronics
Mirka Malmi, violin
Ilona Jäntti, aerial acrobatics

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