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BRIGHTON BITES: Milla Virtanen & Jaakko Toivonen – Blackpool

Back once again by popular demand for 2018, our Brighton Bites Q&As offer an, occasionally witty – often hilarious, insight into the acts donning their flip-flops and shades (or high-heels and lippy) to join the line-up of England’s largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe. With 2017 boasting almost 1000 events across 160+ venues and 2018 promising more than 300+ free events to widen access to performances, our Bites aim to give you a taste of what’s in store.

Here, Milla Virtanen & Jaakko Toivonen tell us about their show Blackpool which they’ll be performing at The Old Market.

How would you describe your show in one sentence?
Funny and touching ballroom dance extravaganza.

Why Brighton Fringe?
The biggest and most beautiful fringe in the world.

How did the show get to where it is today?
Work, work, work, work, work… with lots of hard work. From the first research period in the Netherlands to the premiere two years ago in Finland. Since then we’ve been to Sweden, Norway, France… and finally The UK! Motherland of ballroom dancing.

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
There hasn’t ever been a show made by ex-ballroom dancers, turned contemporary dancers that takes a critical, yet whimsical look on the very competitive ballroom dance world.

What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
Iconic: A Brief History of Drag 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Make noise! 

If your show was a piece of Brighton Rock, what word would run through it?
Spray Tan

Blackpool runs at Brighton Fringe on May 23-25 2018.

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