Tradition lives,

renews itself and prospers.

However, it needs people to make it, cherish it and question it. Tsuumi DanceTheatre from Helsinki gives the field of Finnish folk dance and music an airing, observes potential barriers and finds ways to overcome them. Tsuumi brings dance traditions and the old tonal world to the present day – skill and competence combined with sensitivity and humour. The fiery Karelian temperament and the laconic western Finland meet in the heart of the city.

“Tsuumi Dance Theatre has done to folk dance what Värttinä has done to folk songs: updated the tradition, brought out from the dusty archives the energetic and the expressive in folk tradition and put it out for everyone to see and experience.”

(Auli Räsänen, Helsingin Sanomat newspaper)

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