Just about 3,500 men will perform 32 dances especially choreographed for the third installment of the Estonian Mendance Festival, taking place in Rakvere on June 6-7.
The number of the festival, THREE, on one hand embodies the three uniting aspects of the essence of humanness – body, souls and spirit – and on the other hand, when turned sideways, reads as the letter M, the initial of the word man, or mees in Estonian.
“What is so special about the third Mendance Festival is that all the dances and music are created for this event,” said the main choreographer of the dance festival Maie Orav. “The team behind the music, Helikond, includes many well-known popular Estonian artists, such as Karl-Erik Taukar, Marten Kuningas, Jaan Pehk, Daniel Levi, Maarja Nuut, and other great musicians. The outcome shows the consistency and commitment of them bringing the music to a whole new level.”
The festival includes boys and men from all age groups and walks of life. In addition to schoolboys and experienced folk dancers, there are two special dance group categories involved this time: one consisting of proactive men who have not danced before and the other of actors.
The Estonian Mendance Festival, a spin-off of Estonian Dance Festival, held alongside Estonian Song Festival once every five years, first took place in 2006.
The second Estonian Ladies Dance Festival will take place a year from now, on June 12, 2016.