13 August 2018

"The Journey Across the Universe". The Festival of music and dance The Spirit of Dance to be held in Astana for the first time

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As part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Astana, the international festival of music and dance The Spirit of Dance 2018 will be held for the first time in the Capital city, reports. The organizers of the incredible one-of-a-kind "seamless show" are is the Ministry of Culture and Sports together with The Spirit of Tengri project.


The multimedia show The Spirit of Dance will be held September 14 in the largest concert hall of the Capital city - the Central Concert Hall "Kazakhstan". The Spirit of Dance is the fourth festival organized by the team of The Spirit of Tengri project and the first one with a greater emphasis on the dance.

Guests of the festival should expect an incredible performance with the participation of world stars of the music and dance scene. The format of the event is a "seamless show",  which is a unique synthesis of modern electronic music with elements of ethnic melodied and a dance mashup (mash-up mixing of compositions). "Seamless show" means that the event will go non-stop on the multi-level and multi-functional stage accompanied by a live sound and a stunning light performance.


The project team has revealed some details of the upcoming show. The organisers think that the the task is difficult, but  that makes it even more interesting.

Zhan Kasteev, the general producer of The Spirit of Tengri Project, said that the priority of this show will be dance groups, and they will be accompanied by electronic and ethnic musicians. It will result in the synthesis of modern electronic music and classical ethnic melodis. There will be no phonograms,  just live music that sets the background to a colorful dance performance.


"This idea was born a long time ago. Conducting festivals under the brand of The Spirit of Tengri, we saw that the performances could be supplemented and improved with real ethnic dance. Various dance groups from all over the world have contacted us. We decided that if we were able to present a dainty and interesting version of ethnic music event, we could also create a dance show. Our idea to invite small mobile dance groups and ask them to create a modern version of their national dance, "- Zhan Kasteev told story behind the idea.

"The point  is that all the dances will be intertwined among the nations. it will be like a journey across the Universe: the Georgian dance will flow into Kazakh, and the Kazakh dance will turn into Indian. Various dances will be adapted to the music that is completely different from their original tunes: for example, the Irish river dance will be performed under Uzbek tunes. The show will be about dance, everything else will serve as decoration.We have chosen very recognizable types of  national dances - Georgian, Indian, Irish, and then we are going to tranfortm their presentations," the producer explained enthusiastically.

At the same time, the organizers decided to diverge from the standards: the stage - the dancers - the musicians at the background. Specially for the Festival a unique three-leveled stage will be constructed along with the light show, the outstanding multimedia accompaniment and first-class musicians and DJs - everyone will find something for themselves.This show will be one-of-a-kind in Kazakhstan and the Central Asia.

The administrator of the venue Konstantin Golovin, who is responsible for everything happening in the hall, work with the artists and the overall logistics of the project, says that "there will be several exits to the stage, meaning a tremndous dynamics, fast speed and coordination of everyone who will take part in organizing the project."


"It will be a very exciting show, I'm looking forward to it because we are planning a very interesting interaction when one nation will dance to the music of another nation. I'm looking forward to a general rehearsal on September 13, where we  will see all the magic of the interaction on the stage," Konstantin Golovin said.

The director of The Spirit of Dance Timur Gridnev explained that the dance show is different from the concert - it's important to watch it: "Seamless show" is the format of the event without any pauses, breaks or presenters. Each country will be presented by musicians, dancers and a DJ - they will replace each other on the stage, so there will be no pauses at all. One piece from each country will last 20-30 minutes, between the peices the audience will see solo performances of world-class ethno artists.The guests of the Festival and the viewers of the online broadcast are waiting for an unusual symbiosis of different cultures, which they have never seen before."


It is important to mention that, in addition to the online broadcast on the YouTube channel, a video broadcast will be conducted in the hall. If previously there was band's performance that was brodcasted, now everything shown on the huge screen will turn to a grandious visual show. The prepared video content will be broadcast onto the screen, which will create an incredible atmosphere unique to its kind.

The Spirit of Tengri is a multicultural  and one of the world's largest projects in the genre of contemporary ethnic music, with a status of a national cultural brand. To date, musicians from 70 countries and regions of the world have been on its stage.  Over these years, more than 120 thousand Kazakhstanis and guests of the country have been its visitors. The Spirit of Tengri  festivals are bright colorful music shows accompanied by informational art materials and video content. Thus, they are not only entertaining but also educational.‑


Recall that as part of the Spirit of Tengri project, this year Almaty had great success hosting the VI International Festival of Contemporary Ethnic Music The Spirit of Tengri. The event was held with the support of Almaty City Akimat and Tez Tour Kazakhstan. The general partner of the Festival was supermarket chain Magnum Cash & Carry. The series of concerts with the brand of The Spirit of Tengri continued at the International Music Festival of Nomadic Culture Nomad Way 2018 on June 22-24 at the Amphitheater on the Esil river embankment, as well as the International Festival of Contemporary Ethnic Music The Spirit of Astana 2018 held on July 8 in the square in front of the Baiterek monument.

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Namgar - Yundengogo
Sharapat - Kok sholaq
Nordic Namgar - My Winters Day
Tigrahaud - Arlan-kazak
Gulzada - Kurmanbek
Radik Tyulyush - Er-le Changys


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