Gaudeamus song and dance festival follows the mystery of the solstice

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Gaudeamus song and dance festival follows the mystery of the solstice

The dance performance of Gaudeamus will give you a one-of-a-kind, mystical experience

The Mystery of Midsummer Eve, a spectacular dance performance, will take place on Saturday 23 June at 10 p.m. on Tamme Stadium in Tartu – this lively night dance festival dedicated to the Midsummer Day is filled with excitement and mystery that you simply must experience!

The Mystery of Midsummer Eve is a story about a young man and woman who fall in love but are forbidden to be together. Their love brings about a series of adventurous and mystical events that start the Midsummer Day bonfire tradition.

This romantic story has a feel of an old legend or myth of how Midsummer Day parties came to be. Light and the symbolism of light are almost as an individual character – a constantly changing personality being present throughout the show. On the brightest night of the year, you see lighting effects, talented fire artists, and feel the mystery that is created on Tamme Stadium by a huge lighting installation.

Never before in Estonia has there been a dance festival at night! For the first time in the history of Gaudeamus, the show includes dancers of modern style.

There will also be dancers from Latvia and Lithuania showing their incredible technical skills routines created for Midsummer Day.

The dance performance is directed by Renee Nõmmik, the composer is Ardo Ran Varres, the lighting designer is Meelis Lusmägi, a laureate of the Lighting Designer of the Year award several years in a row.


The Songs of Midsummer, the concert and song festival of Gaudeamus, follows the mystery of the solstice through a thousand years

The next day, June 24th, the song festival and concert performance The Songs of Midsummer, which is one of the main events of Gaudeamus, will take place at 4 p.m. at Tartu Festival Arena, following the central subjects of the traditions of Midsummer Day, and youth through different eras.

Every generation experiences youth for the first time. Youth has a special meaning during the solstice night when nature is blossoming and flourishing at its peak. Whether we admit it or not, our hearts and souls are intertwined with nature. The brightest time of the year is the best moment let yourself loose, to cheer, yell, sing, go crazy and dance, and do it all with thousands of soulmates!

The best student choirs and orchestras in the Baltics will perform in the song festival, playing a lively Midsummer Day themed repertoire.

For the first time in the history of Gaudeamus, the song festival is integrated with performance art. Indrek Hargla, the well-known writer, and Ain Mäeots, the popular stage director, have created five short performances that carry the audience through a thousand years and imaginary solstice nights on this land.

Centuries may come and go, but love and passion know no boundaries of time or space, and on the shortest night of the year, young people who were born a thousand years apart on the Kronos scale can meet each other – it makes no difference on the Kairos scale.

Gaudeamus, which is part of the Estonia 100 celebrations, incorporates lighting design, music, choral singing and dance into one very special spectacle, the like of which has never been organised in Tartu before. The program is built on the theme of summer solstice, following the Midsummer Day traditions of the three Baltic States from ancient times to today.

Gaudeamus, which is part of the Estonia 100 celebrations, incorporates lighting design, music, choral singing and dance into one very special spectacle, the like of which has never been organised in Tartu before. The program is built on the theme of summer solstice, following the Midsummer Day traditions of the three Baltic States from ancient times to today.

Last updated : 05.09.2018

In category: South Estonia

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