The scale of the production, choreographed by Liisa Risu and Mirva Mäkinen, is exceptionally large in the field of Finnish contemporary dance. The third creator, Sonja Jokiniemi, is engaged in the process in the role of a visual choreographer. The workgroup also includes sound artist Jussi Saivo, lighting designer Jukka Huitila and no less than 12 dancers of different ages and generations.
Alice in Wonderland at Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth 16.3.-13.4.2019
Cable factory, Tallberginkatu 1 A, 2nd floor, 00180 Helsinki
Choreography: Carl Knif
Dramaturgy: Carl Knif & Kristofer Möller
Dancers: Jonna Aaltonen, Heidi Lehtoranta, Riku Lehtopolku, Eero Vesterinen
Lighting and set design: Jukka Huitila
Sound design: Janne Hast
Costume design: Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila
Projections: Joona Pettersson
Press photos: Riku Virtanen
Titta Court, Pirjo Yli-Maunula: [mute]
Existing amidst things that cannot be spoken of is like living next to an active volcano. Refusing to see the risk does not shield one from it.
[mute], the latest performance by Flow Productions, focuses on silence, the avoidance of conflict, shame and the fear of losing one's face. Choreographed for one adult and one child performer, [mute] explores the subject matter in an unhesitating style toned with surreal elements and black humour.
[mute] is performed with a rotating cast of actors that changes from one performance to the next. The structure of the performance is the same for all performers, but each performer brings their own personality, ways of moving and expression to it.
The choreography, made by adults, approaches the refusal to speak from the perspective of children: the figure dressed in furs is unable to utter a single word, while the child inhabits a fantasy forest made of floating plastic firs. However, [mute] is not a made for children, stresses Pirjo Yli-Maunula, one of the two choreographers and adult performers.
The makers of [mute] want to show what the behavior of adults looks like through the eyes of the children, who can often only survive through use of imagination. Even though a child performer is seen on the stage with the adult, the themes and the various layers of [mute] belong firmly to the realm of adults.
The adult performers and choreographers of [mute] are Titta Court and Pirjo Yli-Maunula, while the child roles are performed by the 12-year-old Pinja Palosaari and the 8-year-old Marona Awdishou. In the performances in Helsinki, the roles are played by Yli-Maunula and Palosaari.
The child performers have been involved in the process as fearlessly and unhesitatingly as the adults. Although the subject matter is serious, it also has an absurd and playful side to it, which the child performers bring to life.
”On the stage, the open and good-natured child meets a damaged and reckless adult whose actions are strange, unpredictable and questionable. -- [mute] is a deeply thought, dense and very beautiful performance.” – Eeva Kauppinen, Teatteri & Tanssi + Sirkus
”It is consoling to watch a performance that does not offer a single truth, allowing the viewer to read the rich variety of different narrative signals instead.” – Petri Kauppinen, Kaleva
[mute] premiered at Cultural Centre Valve in Oulu on November 4, 2017.
Choreography: Titta Court & Pirjo Yli-Maunula
Titta Court/Pirjo Yli-Maunula & Pinja Palosaari/Marona Awdishou
Sound Director: Aake Otsala
Light Designer: Jukka Huitila
Dress and set designer: Heidi Kesti
Composers: George Bandoek Apostolakis & Aake Otsala
Producers: Flow Productions & Titta Court
Trailer and video documentation: Double Deuce Productions
“Vieras – Främling – Stranger is a polyphonic work which envisages the meaning of strange and uncanny in our time.
The work – an event – is a manifesto of uncertainty, fragility, queerness, drifting, uncanny and love.
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Script, concept, choreography, text, space: Sanna Kekäläinen
Performers: Jonna Eiskonen, Sanna Kekäläinen and Janne Marja-aho
Prologue: Jamie MacDonald
Part 1. Stranger: Sanna Kekäläinen
Part 2. Witness Version 24.2., 28.2., 5.3. ja 9.3.: Jonna Eiskonen, Sanna Kekäläinen and Janne Marja-aho
Part 2. Feminist Version 26.2., 2.3. ja 7.3.: Jonna Eiskonen and Sanna Kekäläinen
Sound design: Jussi Matikainen
Light design: Jukka Huitila
Sculptures and graphic design: Aku Korhonen
Photos: Kristiina Männikkö
Essay: Riikka Laakso
Premiere: 24th Feb 2019 at 3pm
Other performances: 26th | 28th Feb | 2nd | 5th | 7th | 9th Mar at 7pm
Cirko -Center for New Circus, Kaasutehtaankatu 1 (building 8)
VILLA: The Exhibition
A new multisensory and multidisciplinary art exhibition takes over Valvegalleria in January-February 2019. The exhibition VILLA (Finnish for ‘wool’) consists of sculptures made out of woolen materials, sound, light and a living installation created by a dancer.
The project is a collaboration between choreographer Pirjo Yli-Maunula, costume and set designer Pirjo Valinen, light designer Jukka Huitila and sound designer Aake Otsala. The project is a continuation of the previous material-based work the four members of the core team have created before, namely Susurro and Pessi ja Illusia. The exhibition is the first of a three-part whole, which includes a series of outdoor performances and a piece performed on stage, set to be created later.
Wool as a material has been in human use for millennia. The woolen thread is a bond that connects cultures across time and space, a means for human interaction with harsh and sublimely beautiful nature. The age-old material becomes a counterpoint against the unethical practices of cheap mass production and the ideology of the dispensable. Wool has many souls, which the viewer can get to know also through a tactile experience.
The exhibition project team consists also of visual artist Heidi Kesti, photographer and writer Janne-Pekka Manninen, and graphic designer Tomi Hurskainen. Daniel Nagy’s charcoal drawing is used in VILLA’s marketing and communication.
The exhibition in Valvegalleria runs January 13th through February 17th, 2019. The opening will take place in Valvegalleria on January 12th at 6-8pm.
I´m Liquid premiere in STOA 12.12.2018.
Review in Finnish by HS
Choreography: Jarkko Mandelin with dancers
Dancers: Sanni Giordani, Anni Koskinen, Iiro Näkki and Oskari Turpeinen
Sound design: Janne Hast
Lighting design: Jukka Huitila
Costume design: Kirsi Gum
Photos: Jussi Ulkuniemi
One of the biggest projects in my life so far completed. I am based in Rovaniemi for good. Feel free to contact me if in a need for the light.
Choreography Jyrki Karttunen
Dance Jyrki Karttunen, Jyrki Kasper, Heidi Naakka, Mikko Paloniemi, Johannes Purovaara
Lighting & Set design Jukka Huitila
Costume design Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila
Sound design Aleksi Saura
Production Helsinki Dance Company
Photos Marko Mäkinen
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Quebec author Jennifer Tremblay´s award-winning and internationally successful play the list opens in 14th of September, directed by Irene Aho and performed by Pirjo Määttä. A woman whose perfectionism is reflected in her carefully organised to-do lists, is bereft at the unexpected death of her neighbour. The List is a gently humorous and perceptive study of how the mundane and the meaningful are inextricably linked.
Set design and lighting: Jukka Huitila
Costume design: Auli Turtiainen
Photos: Tuomo Manninen
THE SECRET GARDEN is created by dancers Pirjo Yli-Maunula, Milla Virtanen and Maria Littow, acrobats Ilona Jäntti and Milla Järvinen, sound designer Anssi Laiho, assistant Nikke Launonen, light designer Jukka Huitila and wardrobe designer Heidi Kesti. Set design by the team in co-operation with students and teacher, master florist Pasi Kivilompolo from the OSAO Kempele-Liminka Unit. Photography, texts by Janne-Pekka Manninen.
THE SECRET GARDEN is something you should experience, not explain.
"First it is the insects that disappear. Then birds run out of things to eat. THE SECRET GARDEN is the depiction of a future we are making for ourselves right now."
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