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Susanna Leinonen’s first premiere is an astonishing total art work

Susanna Leinonen’s first premiere is an astonishing total art work. Kuopio Dance Festival, this year’s Festival of the Year, could not have had a better start than the first premiere of Kaira, the piece it commissioned from Susanna Leinonen. It is an astonishing total artwork comprised of movement, space, lighting and music, a simply fantastic visual experience which opens up one’s senses to the limit. The work advances magnificently. The solos and duets at the beginning develop and produce an enduring tension, which climaxes with the group part at the end, and the sparing use of effects at least doubles their potency. The surprising anti-climaxes at the beginning and end are exhilaratingly impressive, although I will not reveal how. You will have to go and see for yourself when you get the chance. Leinonen is a master builder of well-designed total art works, and she has a perfect understanding of a dance work’s structure. In the fifty minutes there is nothing that could be added or taken away.

Jussi Tossavainen
Helsingin Sanomat 17.6.2006