The PIOT festival is celebrated all over Tornio, and on Saturday 6.11.2021 in Rantakatu Park, surrounded by domestic and international light art, at the festival’s main event.
The artistic team of the PIOT festival is piloted by Julius Oförsagd, who has Tornian roots and a long history of event production in Lapland and around the world. The team also includes Matti Paloniemi, the artistic director of Dance Theater Rimpparemmi, who was planning the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest and is responsible for the dramaturgy of the PIOT festival. Lighting artist Jukka Huitila is responsible for the lighting contents of the PIOT festival in collaboration with Lauri Lundahl, and the gentlemen have designed lighting works around the world and have been doing, among other things, the Lux Helsinki event since its early years.
Light and media artists in the main event are Teemu Määttänen, Duncan Mathews and Aleksander Salvensen. The conception and design of the lighting in the area has been carried out by lighting artist Jukka Huitila and technical designer Lauri Lundahl.
"Eternal Return is a human work flirting with horror and death, where the shiny just plays with the beautiful and the repeatability begins to strangle the throat."
Kaleva review 5.11.2021
Eternal Return is a strange ride! Green lights are on! Strong lighting, you have been warned!
Direction: Annamari Keskinen
Performance: Ryan Mason, Annamari Keskinen, Meriheini Luoto
Music: Meriheini Luoto
Text: Ryan Mason, Annamari Keskinen
Sound design: Kaj Mäki-Ullakko
Light design: Jukka Huitila
Set design: Aino Koski
Photos: JP Manninen
Production: JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre, Thar Be Dragons
Thar Be Dragons is a platform for theatrical dance research, education, and performance, created by Annamari Keskinen and Ryan Mason in 2018. Here, both choreographers bring their professional experience and individual artistic vision into collaboration. Their work explores notions of subconscious communication, revealing dense and sometimes unseen intimacy between the layers of our inner landscapes. Their staged work shifts between rapid changes of mood, sustained states of tension, and layered imagery, often encircling themes of death, the unknowable, the paradoxical, borders, silence, light, the mystical, and the quotidian. Thar Be Dragons presented their first full-length work, Dying Animals Don’t Feel Sorry For Themselves at the Kaiku Club in Helsinki in 2018. They have been commissioned to create work for the Staatstheater Kassel, Staatstheater Braunschweig, and Hubbard Street Pro.
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