"Joanna tentata" is contemporary dance performance, commissioned by prestige music and dance festival in North-Europe, Birgitta Festival. Event celebrated 80 years birthday of composer Eino Tamberg, who is one of the most important representatives of neoclassicism in Estonian music.
Director-choreographer Teet Kask used music from Tamberg 3 act ballet "Joanna tentata", what tells tale of a Mother Superior possessed by demons and the man who tries to save her.
It is a story about dogmas, exorcism and love, what is based on real event occurred in 17th century, with Ursuline nuns of the town of Loudun in France.
It is a love story about a man and a woman who wear church clothes, and whose religion does not allow them to love each other. The devils that possess these characters are the external manifestations of their repressed love.
Joanna role is performed by wonderful dancer Mareike Franz, who is guest artist with Pina Bausch Wuppertal Dance Theatre and Susanne Linke Company and exorcist priest Syrin by great pantomime actor Lihito Kamiya, who Studied physical theatre at International Theatre de Lecoq Paris, France.
Orchestra of Moscow Novaya Opera
Conductor - Eri Klas
Stage Designer - Kisa Kawakami
Costume Designer - Teet Kask
Lighting Designer - Margus Vaigur