Estonia Now: A celebration of the country's history and thriving dance scene
- Kelly Apter
- 9 November 2018
Former Scottish Ballet principal Eve Mutso discusses the prospect of bringing her two 'homes' together in this showcase of Estonian dance talent
For audiences in Scotland, Eve Mutso is the former Scottish Ballet principal who brought elegance and drama to each role she danced. But to Estonian National Ballet, she's a homecoming queen.
Celebrating 100 years since Estonia became an independent nation, Estonia Now will capture two sides of the country's dance output. The contemporary dance show will feature Sigrid Savi's Imagine There's A Fish, Mart Kangro's Start. Based on a True Story and Karl Saks' State and Design.
Meanwhile, the triple-bill from Estonian National Ballet will feature Time by Tiit Helimets, Silent Monologues by the company's artistic director, Thomas Edur and Echo, choreographed by Mutso during one of many visits back to her home town of Tallinn. Mutso started her career dancing with the company – so how does it feel to return as a choreographer and bring that work to Scotland?
'It's a truly exciting prospect and a very emotional one too,' says Mutso. 'Estonia retains such an important role as part of my identity and Estonian National Ballet was the company I grew up admiring and wanting to dance with. To see them perform my choreography at Tramway in Glasgow feels very special – like bringing parts of my different "homes" together.'
Mutso worked closely with the dancers during Echo's creation, encouraging them to bring their own personalities into the piece.
'I kept thinking about how individuality and commonality interact and exist together,' she explains. 'Ideas like leading and following, reacting, belonging, letting go and re-joining – being similar in some ways and different in others.'
Tramway, Glasgow, Tue 13 & Wed 14 Nov (contemporary), Fri 16 & Sat 17 Nov (ballet).