2014 Exhibition

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.

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Kindur: The Adventurous Life of Icelandic Sheep

36. Kindur: The Adventurous Life of Icelandic Sheep

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.

Artist Information

Compagnia TPO

Compagnia TPO

Compagnia TPO was founded in Prato, Italy in 1981 as a children’s theater company devoted to creating works that are highly visual and multidisciplinary in the use of the genres of music, dance, art, sculpture, digital media, computer technology, lighting and sound. TPO is an award-winning, internationally recognized company who believes in creating dance/theater works for children that are visual and conceptualized moving paintings which use movement, artistic objects, mechanical and digital devices and the interplay of lighting, all geared to a child’s eye.

In 1999, Davide Venturini and Francesco Gandi became the artistic directors of TPO With the emerging technology that has evolved, TPO has grown more and more on the use of digital technology, graphics, video and how to combine these elements with the more traditional art forms of dance, theater and music.

TPO has created new methods of interaction between performers, the audience, and stage spaces by applying computer sensors and triggers to images and sound, and they have found new ways to collaborate with a variety of artists: dancers, actors, directors, musicians, engineers, designers, writers and illustrators to create new works. These concepts have created fame and a reputation for TPO throughout Europe, Australia, the United States, South America and Canada.