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Photo: Janne Mikkilä

Photo: Janne Mikkilä

Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin’s KILL Carmen opening night at Helsinki Festival in August 28 

Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin’s new work KILL Carmen premieres at Helsinki Festival in August 28-30. Roni Martin leads an orchestra of nine members that fluently mixes funk, flamenco and Balkan influences. In the dance roles we see Spanish flamenco dancers Mariana Collado and Carlos Chamorro

The absurd and impudent world of KILL Carmen laughes at the death itself. Different art forms melt together when this powerful international artist group takes over the Cable Factory’s Pannuhalli. 

”We wanted to create a piece for stage that crushes the romantic images related to Carmen. Prosper Merimée’s original story is brutal right from the start, and as for the French Merimée, also for us it is easy to observe Spanish culture with outsider’s eyes. Luckily our Spanish artists are already used to our humour”, says Kaari Martin.

Group of international artists on stage

In the role of Carmen we see a rising young Spanish dancer Mariana Collado and as a bullfighter Carlos Chamorro, who has received many awards and also leads his own experimental group in Spain.

In the live-orchestra of nine top musicians play Spanish flamenco virtuosos Juan Antonio Suárez Cano, Victor Carrasco and Pablo Suárez, Finnish percussionist Karo Sampela who plays in some of the most important Spanish flamenco groups, and a classical violinist Henrik Perelló who has worked as a leader at the Savonlinna Opera Festival and Finnish National Opera. In the wind instruments play Antero Priha, Samppa Leino and Erno Haukkala. Composer Roni Martin leads the orchestra and will also be heard as a vocalist and electric guitarist. Artist professor and theatre director Atro Kahiluoto is in charge of directing the work together with Martins. 

KILL Carmen 
Artistic directors: Kaari and Roni Martin
Choreographies: Carlos Chamorro, Mariana Collado, Kaari Martin Composition: Roni Martin
Dramaturgy:  Atro Kahiluoto 
Direction:  Kahiluoto-Martin-Martin
Costumes: Erika Turunen
Lighting: Ville Virtanen
Makeup: Kaisu Hölttä
Technical director: Ilari Suonpää
Production: Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin and Helsinki Festival 
On stage: Mariana Collado, Carlos Chamorro, Victor Carrasco, Erno Haukkala, Samppa Leino, Roni Martin, Henrik Perelló, Antero Priha, Karo Sampela, Juan Antonio Suárez Cano, Pablo Suárez

KILL Carmen at Pannuhalli, the Cable Factory, in August 28–30, Fri-Sat at 21, Sun at 18. Tickets 37,50/27,50 €, Lippupalvelu. Recommended for over 12 years old. 

More information and press photos: 
Marketing and communications / Minna Korpimies, tel. +358 (0)50 387 7325,
Production / Nea Granlund, tel. +358 (0)41 519 7003,

Internationally awarded Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin's works are known for their strong, rough and yet beautiful aesthetics. This company open-mindedly renews flamenco by combining flamenco technique to the freedom of contemporary dance creating a seamless wholeness of music and dance. Roni Martin's music speaks for the versatility of the composer himself; the songs are based on flamenco's form and language but the rich end result is somewhere between funk and Balkan music.

Photo: Heikki Tuuli

Photo: Heikki Tuuli

Press release

Kaari Martin receives Finnish Cultural Foundations Award for outstanding cultural achievement

Kaari Martin has been granted The Finnish Cultural Foundations Award for outstanding cultural achievement. The prize is worth 30 000 euros. The award was given for the reasons described as follows:

"Kaari Martin has renewed flamenco tradition open-mindedly and in a manner that has attracted admiration not only in Finland, but also in Spain, the birthplace of flamenco. For example in 2012, the group won first prize in all categories open to a solo choreography in the worlds most important flamenco choreography competition. 
    Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin is one of the foremost contemporary flamenco groups and its work has toured in twelve different countries. The group has brought Nordic perspective to the Andalusian dance and expanded the narrative themes of flamenco: among the topics of the pieces are, among others, the Finnish national epic Kalevala, the Little Mermaid, Pippi Longstocking as well as Sibelius Violin Concerto.  At the center, however, is always uncompromised artistic expression where dance and music merge into a single entity. Kaari Martin is a brave and open-minded artist who breaks boundaries, but at the same time is constantly creating something new."

More info / Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin:
Dance artist Kaari Martin, tel 050 563 0144 -
Producer Minna Korpimies, tel 050 387 7325 -