DLECTRICITY is Detroit’s nighttime festival of art + light that featured over 35 world-renowned and emerging artists whose cutting-edge works of art illuminated Midtown Detroit in 2014, from the Detroit Institute of Arts down to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. This two-night “Nuit Blanche” festival was scheduled for Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27 in Midtown Detroit from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. Saturday night also featured the DLECTRICITY Light Bike Parade where thousands of cyclists biked a 4-mile route through Midtown Detroit, adding extra light and energy to the streets. Weekend programming also included artist talks and performances. DLECTRICITY is produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. and is free to the public.
In Icelandic ‘Kindur’ means ‘sheep’ and this is a show dedicated to Iceland seen through the eyes of its adventurous sheep. All the territory of this island is pervaded by a fairytale like atmosphere. From the white of its glaciers to northern lights, from geysers to the rumble of gigantic waterfalls, this is a country where every natural element seems animated by mysterious forces. Let’s take sheep: locked inside a pen for the cold season, they can then taste full freedom travelling by themselves or in small groups from spring to autumn. In their journey they have the opportunity to dip inside the remotest nature and visit its ‘hidden’ inhabitants, elves and trolls. In their journey the sheep protagonists of ‘Kindur’ show us this secret world, strong and fragile at the same time, capable of communicating children the extraordinary beauty of nature.
This story is told by three dancers who interpret three sheep. What makes the show special is that all the audience is invited to be part of a big flock of sheep. At the entrance every child is given a special heart, it is a woollen heart that lights up when it is time to take an active part in the show. In some cases kids are invited on stage in small groups, at other times all the hearts light up at the same time and this means that it is possible to interact on the stage, together, from our seats.
Friday, September 26, 2014 | 7PM & 9PM
Saturday, September 27, 2014 | 7PM & 9PM
Performance Time: Approximately 50 minutes
Location: The Garden Theater, 3929 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48201
Kindur: The Adventurous Life of Icelandic Sheep
Directed by Francesco Gandi and Davide Venturini
A co-production with Teatro Metastasio Stabile della Toscana
Presented in association with ArKtype
Direction: Francesco Gandi and Davide Venturini
Choreography: Anna Balducci, Erika Faccini and Paola Lattanzi
Dance for 3 performers (tour Sept-Oct 2014: Sara Campinoti, Valentina Consoli, Martina Gregori)
Sound/Video Console: (tour Sept-Oct 2014: Massimiliano Fierli and Andrea Fincato
Visual Design: Elsa Mersi
Sound Design: Spartaco Cortesi
Computer Engineering: Rossano Monti and Martin Von Gunten
Collaboration on Concept: Stefania Zampiga
Costumes: Fiamma Ciotti Farulli
Props: Livia Cortesi
Management: Valentina Martini
Executive Producer, U.S. Tour: ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann
The 2011 U.S. Premiere Tour of KINDUR was funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation.