Do you dare enter a world of nightly visions and hallucination, surrealism and decadence?
AER performances 1.-8.9. at Kulttuuri Valve, Oulu
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La Familia performances in Espoo and Oulu
Espoo 7.-9.9. tickets and more
Oulu @Oudance festival 16.9. tickets and more
THE 13TH EDITION OF MULTI-DISCIPLINARY SILENCE FESTIVAL WAS HELD IN THE VILLAGE OF KAUKONEN, KITTILÄ ON 8 TO 11 JUNE 2023.
The festival program, organized by the Silence Artists' Association, brought together the creators and creations of contemporary circus and classical music.
More than 20 performances took place in the Kaukonen village: the Community House, Kaukonen Sports Hall, Kaukonen greenhouse, Ojanperä hall as well as local homes and buildings in the village.
This year's festival featured four premieres that were commissioned especially for the event. Many works combined spatial design with music and circus. Experiencing artistic spontaneity in characterful spaces is what makes Silence Festival unique.
Artistic directors: Karita Tikka for cirkus program and Lauri Sallinen for classical music program
Managing directors: Jonna Leppänen and Joonas Martikainen
Visual designer and the head of the technical team: Jukka Huitila
All photos: Jouni Porsanger
My festival was a blast! I designed all four premieres and on top of that three totally different concerts.
To keep it short, be there next year!
Where's the sandwich? is a reality-based story about how it's okay to be just the way you are, signed by one of the Sweden´s most loved children's book author, Pija Lindenbaum, and the composer Niklas Brommare.
Meeting Pija and Niklas and working with them has been a great experience. Making an opera for a child audience is ambitious and when I read the first graders' feedback I am impressed and at the same time convinced of the importance of cultural education. This is Carl's first opera direction, although it doesn't show in any way from his work. The performers dance and sing opera comfortably, i.e. out of breath and listening to the orchestra. It is not a given. Carl knows how to create an atmosphere in the work group where everyone dares to throw themselves. For us, this is the 17th collaboration and let the work continue.
Var är smörgåsen is performed in Swedish and is intended for children aged 5 and up and their adults.
MUSIK: Niklas Brommare
TEXT: Pija Lindenbaum
REGI & KOREOGRAFI: Carl Knif
SCENOGRAFI & KOSTYM: Pija Lindenbaum
LJUS: Jukka Huitila
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A truly magical feel at the concert in Särestöniemi´s studio. I wanted Reida´s colour pigments and painting tools for the background of the concert to create a dialogue between lights, music, paintings and projections.
Concert lighting for accordion is my second design of many upcoming collaborations with Hiljaisuus.
Harri Kuusijärvi's Phoenix concert features a series of songs composed for an electronically extended accordion. The parts of the series are named after their places of birth: Vitsaniemi, Jokkmokk, Helsinki, Gothenburg, Kalix, Rovaniemi.
Here are projection sketches for Vitsaniemi, Jokkmokk, Helsinki, Gothenburg, Kalix, Rovaniemi.
Ooppera Skaala, Raekallio corp. & CHANGE Ensemble collaboration: Barabbas dialogues
"Even though it is an opera where singing plays a central role, the most powerful part of the viewing experience is the whole of the stage events, where all the different elements, from music to dance and from visuals to stage expression, are perfectly balanced."
Annikki Alku, Demokraatti 28.1.2023
All photos: Kai Kuusisto
LUX Korkeasaari 26.12.2022 - 8.1.2023 @Korkeasaari Zoo Helsinki
BARABBAS-DIALOGEJA January 2023 Ooppera Skaala @Aleksanterin teatteri Helsinki
Var är smörgåsen? April 2023 @Kungliga Operan Stockholm
ALAIAQ is a multi-artistic work consisting of movement, sound and landscape. It is a flow that multiplies, duplicates, invites and diverges. In the work, juggling, music, sound and light design, and yoik opens up new layers of each other.
Ailu Valle, Aleksi Niittyvuopio and Uyarakq (Aqqalu Berthelsen) is the working group formed for this work. The work, which combines music and circus art, was commissioned by the Kittilä-based Silence Organisation. ALAIAQ launches a series of ten commissioned works that will premiere between 2022 and 2024.
"Madeleine Månsson has written the lyrics herself and is doing her first dance solo here, a scenic journey through a multifaceted landscape, which is felt purely physically, in her strong portrayal."
Ingela Brovik / DANS tidningen 17.11.2022
Choreography: Carl Knif
Music: Franz Schubert
Visualisation: Jukka Huitila
Sound design: Janne Hast
All photos: Thomas Zamolo
The final chapter of this epic project in Svalbard.
Helsinki Dance Company's autumn 2022 premiere is choreographer Valtteri Raekallio's dance piece.
Something has happened in the outskirts of Novaya Zemlya. Going through it systematically can reveal secret connections between dwindling natural resources and civilization. As the investigation deepens, the scientific and naturalistic worlds meet and change places. Beliefs become facts, scientific facts are revealed as beliefs.
Music by unique Pekko Käppi
Pekko collaborated recently with the one and only Roni Martin - Ei koskaan ollut kokonainen
Companíã Kaari & Roni Martin presents BERGMAN - Kuiskauksia ja huutoja
HELSINKI, VALSSAAMO, KAAPELITEHDAS 29.9.-6.10.2022
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"Here there is an aesthetic and a physical expression à la expressionist silent film and pantomime, while Strindberg's words are allowed to work in all their poetic beauty with a declamatory, sometimes parodic tone."
"Rarely does one work have as many contact surfaces and current hurtfulness as in Pirjo Yli-Maunula and the team's new place-bound and immersive creation called Varikko."
Tickets and more https://www.flowprod.fi/en/portfolio/varikko/
All photos JP MANNINEN
More info https://karvalakkiooppera.fi/the-fur-hat-opera/
All photos Kaisa Sirén
Svalbard with Raekallio Corp. and HDC in June. Upcoming premiere in Helsinki next November.
Vacation mode in Norway June - July.
Berlin B12 at Dock 11 with Thar Be Dragons - Eternal run in July.
"Community and connection with others are emphasized in a performance whose raw presence caught the critic's eyes in tears" -Iida Rekonen - HS
"The joint performance of Compañia Kaari & Roni Martin and the Portti Theater in the Pannuhalli of La Familia Dance House is intense. The intensity of the work is so strong that it could almost be cut with a knife. (-) Common to these often harsh but also sarcastic humorous stories is the whole world that opens up from a small picture. singer Victor Carrasco, together with violinist Sanna Salmenkallio and singer-guitarist Roni Martin, give the performance a wonderfully and roughly beautiful sounding base and frames on which other movement and actor expressions are built. " –Annikki Alku, D
All photos Minna Hatinen
"The dance language is down to earth and stable with impulsive outbursts and clear poses in an open whole. "
- Jan-Peter Kaiku, HBL
"The visuals of the work, the softness of the business world, as well as Janne Hast's sound design and Franz Schubert's string quintet in C major guarantee that in the end your own feeling will float like in a bubble bath or whipped cream." - Merja Koskiniemi, HS
"The other elements of the work are equally thoughtful and gently present. Jukka Huitila's rafter-like curtains and warm-toned lighting and Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila's casual casual clothing, mainly in a light pastel color."
- Annikki Alku D
All photos Yoshi Omori
Two completely different designs take over the Dance House Helsinki. The Sessions will premiere in Erkko Hall and La Familia will premiere in the Pannu Hall. For Sessions I will create a big scale scenography with Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila's costume design and Janne Hast's sound design. The stage is huge and I will fill it with transparency.
Carl Knif Company’s 10th year celebrations begin with a bang: besides six premieres, the Company will celebrate its past with a photo and costume exhibition, which will be seen in Dance House Helsinki in May.
La Familia is a documentary multi art work with Spanish flamenco stars. The personal experiences of the Porttiteatteri performers appear on the stage as multifaceted and unapologetic.
Carl Knif Company
"Ideas for the work arose from a range of both physical and cognitive treatment methods, as is also implied by the title: Sessions."
Premiere on March 2, 2022! The joint evening of the three works will feature premiere performances for Helsinki Dance Company by Sari Palmgren and Mirva Mäkinen, as well as a duet with Saku Mäkelä and Riia Kivimäki in collaboration with the Cirko - New Circus Center.
Dancers Luodos: Misa Lommi, Heidi Naakka, Jyrki Kasper
Musician: Tapani Rinne
Performes Soidinmenot: Inka Tiitinen, Pekka Louhio, Mikko Paloniemi, Justus Pienmunne
Performers GLG: Riia Kivimäki, Saku Mäkelä
Sound designs: Sami Tammela
Sets and costumes: Elina Kolehmainen
Masking: Henri Karjalainen
Lighting designs: Jukka Huitila
Photos: Kai Kuusisto
Last chance for tickets! - > Performances untitl 6.2.2022
"Light in the dark for all the senses
The multi-artistic ensemble encloses the viewer and touches the emotions."
"I do not recall that any of the presentations I have seen before have taken it equally straightforwardly, effectively and heartily to a particular situation and a particular minority status." Lapin Kansa review 27.1.2022
Direction and choreography: Auri Ahola
Performers: Auri Ahola, Titta Court, Unna Kitti, Eetu Känkänen, Ailu Valle
Text: Auri Ahola
Sound design: Tuomas Norvio
Music: Tuomas Norvio and Ailu Valle
Lighting design: Jukka Huitila
Producers: Malla Alatalo, Virpi Moskari
Production: Viehâ Working Group, Rovaniemi Art Museum
The work is supported by the Kone Foundation and the Finnish Cultural Foundation
I finished the lighting design project in Siida museum January 2022. I created inviting atmosphere by adjusting the levels to bring up the light dramaturgy inside the exhibition houses. I worked with Finnish companies Sun Effects and Saas Instruments and Saas delivered lights with custom specified colour temperatures and lenses for indoor lighting. Linear lights were custom lengths and in the rectangular boathouse they were f.e. four meters long. Nice unified look matching the boat lengths. All together I used three different lighting manufacture brands. All lights (EWO and Traxon) for outside were provided by Sun Effects. The weather demands are exceptional and this was studied carefully when choosing the lighting tools for this project.
27 000 visitors visited outdoor museum 2021.
I designed the lighting for 600 meters long walking path in Inari. For this project I used DIALux to calculate the output levels and to choose the perfect lenses for each purpose. For walking path I used EWO FA 170 1,5m high bollards and for spotlighting I used EWO P100 spots. For signs I used Traxon Archishape linears. All fixtures are 2700K and this brings really nice atmospheric landscape for the whole area. Next part of the project is to finish the indoor lighting for six houses on the path. The project will be ready January 2022.
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