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Black humour, mansplaining, cold facts about the climate change, slapstick and tragedy are combined with virtuoso movement.
Dancers: Mia Jaatinen, Mikko Makkonen, Iiro Näkki, Oskari Turpeinen and Jarkko Mandelin
Choreography: Mandelin and the workgroup
Sound design: Janne Hast
Costumes: Kirsi Gum
Background material for the projection: Joonas Merikanto
Lighting design and projections: Jukka Huitila
We had a super tight schedule to put up a premiere but thanks to the professional crew in Verkatehdas, Hämeenlinna, we were able to rehearse twice and perform the premiere as planned. I had a true challenge since I had no time to run the show by myself. Some of the cues were following specific sound effects and I can tell that it´s not an easy task after seeing two rehearsals and updating cues while learning what´s happening on the stage.. Olli Hietajärvi, the operator was the correct man for the job. He really nailed it and deserves an applause! The dancers were amazing of course and the things they have created with a plastic balls are a true jaw dropping experience.High recommendation!
Helsinki performances in Stoa 8.-14.12. and a quick visit to Lahti 13.12. More pictures will follow during Helsinki period.
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My lighting design on this piece was really simple but an actual illusion arrises with the performers and the music. Precise light fades are supporting the dance and by doing so they give space for the music to create the drama. Music can rule the moment easily but on Nine Lives we managed to make the live performing, lights and music to breath into unison. By doing less I can still do a lot and with the strong performers I love to keep it simple.
Choreography and concept: Marjaterttu Willman
Dancers: Jonna Aaltonen and Timo Korjus
Composing: Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen
Music performed by: Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen, Kronos Quartet (tape)
Lighting design: Jukka Huitila
Sound design: Petri Peltovako
Costume design: Aapo Siikala
Set design: Nora Helsinki and Marjaterttu Willman
Photography: Mirka Kleemola, Imagenary
Premiere Cable Factory, Helsinki 16.11.2017
The festival will present a world premiere of Nine lives by Willman Dance Company, and present visiting contemporary dance companies from Finland.
More info of the program
Venue in the Cable Factory, Helsinki
I am managing the technical side for festival and will design the lights for the Nine Lives.
Viirus Guest: Carl Knif Company
THE EMOTIONAL LIFE OF A DOG / WHAT MY FATHER SAID
The emotional life of a dog / what my father said is a physical study of emotions and their origins. The choreography is a duet for two male dancers. The piece deals with the process of becoming your own self and the concept of manhood.
Choreography: Carl Knif
Dance: Carl Knif, Eero Vesterinen
Texts: Carl Knif, Kristofer Möller
Light and projection design: Jukka Huitila
Sound design: Janne Hast
Costume design: Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila
Production: Carl Knif Company & Zodiak - Centre for New Dance, 2016
We had three performances of this atmospheric piece and It was nice to come back to this work now. I broke my ankle badly right after the premiere last year. I had some deep thoughts over the Autumn while recovering from the surgery.. so, it took me some time to remember the ideas behind the scenography. I wanted to have a movie like background and some past time feeling on it. On the other hand I used fluorescent lights as a sidelights to bring it up to the present time. Nice combination, kind of a live movie or "a movie happening" in front of the screen. Then I used just front lights to light up the performers from the background. It´s actually very minimalistic setup. Something new for me and something to keep up exploring over the upcoming premier with Carl Knif Company 2018.
A SURREALISTIC DANCE PIECE ABOUT THE UNSPOKEN
A piece for two dancers and two children, this work by Pirjo Yli-Maunula and Titta Court takes on the subject of silence, muteness. [mute] looks at how we avoid conflict by acting as if nothing’s wrong, but it’s a fragile equilibrium that comes at a cost. [mute] is also about shame, of losing face and of the threat of the unknown. To not speak is to hide one’s emotions. The silence of [mute] is akin to living under the shadow of an active volcano and behaving as if nothing will ever happen--deep inside you know the destruction is a matter of when, not if. The creators of [mute] handle their subject matter with characteristic dark humor, surrealism and absurdity.
Choreography: Titta Court & Pirjo Yli-Maunula
Dancer: Titta Court / Pirjo Yli-Maunula
Child dancer: Pinja Palosaari / Marona Awdishou
Light design: Jukka Huitila
Composers: Aake Otsala ja George Bandoek Apostolakis
Sound director: Aake Otsala
Dress and set design: Heidi Kesti
Promotion photos: Pekka Mäkinen
Promotion text and making of -photos: Janne-Pekka Manninen
Production: Flow Productions / Pirjo Yli-Maunula & Titta Court
Support: Taike, Oulun city, Majaoja foundation, Taike Lapland
We had such a rewarding last week before the premiere. We put up the set, lights and sound in Kulttuuri Valve and started the run troughs on the set as soon as the day one. This gave us an opportunity to tune everything at the finest. We are so proud of this work and the big applause goes to child performers who stood up amazingly with the audience. JP Manninen captured some of the strong moods on these beautiful press photos.
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