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.
Lighting design for a magic show is quite different from my usual art work flow. It's all about creating illusions and entertaining. In close up magic it's critical to see everything and in bigger illusions there are different demands. I am not revealing more since it's magic. Henri blew my mind many times with such simple and beautiful magic. He can make a scarf to disappear, like really disappear in front of my eyes. Where? I have no idea but I don't even want to know. Sometimes it's lovely not to know. Premiere audience was enjoying for sure and I was enjoying seeing so many children living their dream. "How is that even possible?".
Magic and illusions by Henri Kemppainen
Feat. Jussi 69 on drums
On stage Henri Kemppainen, Jussi 69, Jani Järvinen and Salla Kekäläinen
Music by Johnny Lee Michaels
Directors Sami Saikkonen and Sonja Sorvola
Pyro effetcs by Jani Järvinen
All photos by Niki Soukkio
"A beautiful path of human life. At the premiere, viewers didn’t want to let go of the world."
Kaleva review 19.10.2021
AER is created by circus artist Hanna Moisala, dance artist Pirjo Yli-Maunula, costume designer Pirjo Valinen, sound designer Aake Otsala, light designer Jukka Huitila and set designer Heidi Kesti. AER is a co-production of Flow Productions and Lumo Company.
All photos: Pekka Mäkinen
Vinterresa (Winter Journey) is a new creation by choreographer Carl Knif for our dancer Madeleine Månsson. The starting point of the piece has been Franz Schubert's song cycle Winterreise based on Wilhelm Müller's poems.
In Vinterresa Madeleine Månsson embarks on a journey through a multi-layered landscape.
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AER alludes to air, wind and to the flows and currents of this life-sustaining element. This multisensory and intimate work creates a unique experience for its viewers, who can enter the piece in Valvesali at the Cultural Cente Valve. The work combines contemporary circus, contemporary dance, visual arts and music in an evocative performance.
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Eternal Return is a strange ride.
The flowing flow (Vuolas vuo) can be seen all the way to Kittilä Road
The city of Rovaniemi's first percentage work of art, Jukka Huitila's Vuolas vuo, was unveiled during the Rovaniemi week in Ylikylä.
Seija Lappalainen Lapin Kansa 10.9.2021
When a work of art was ordered from Jukka Huitila for a multi-purpose building to be built in Ylikylä, Rovaniemi, the artist got acquainted with the empty plot, measured the environment with his eyes and rose to the rampart, which attenuates the noise of Kittiläntie traffic. Shortly thereafter, he received the first drawings from the architectural firm.
- The design language of the ridge began to appeal to me, Huitila says.
This is how the planning of percentage art began for the first time in Rovaniemi. Except that art did not account for a percentage of construction costs.
- I don't even know the first project where this would have been fully realised, Huitila says.
In keeping with the spirit of percent art, he got involved already in the design phase of the building, and was given free rein to place his work inside or outside the building.
The artist wanted the work out so that it wasn’t just the Ilona of the building’s users. He wanted the work to be visible to Kittiläntie, the residents of the area and outdoor enthusiasts.
An ambiguous work of light
In September 2019, the City of Rovaniemi opened a portfolio search for a work of light art for the Ylikylä multipurpose building. Based on the portfolio, a sketch of the work was ordered from Jukka Huitila, and an order decision was made based on it.
Huitila describes his work as a dissertation that has emerged from the observation of natural events. The artist who moved to Rovaniemi in 2018 has a close relationship with nature and especially river nature.
Vuolas vuo is an ambiguous work that can be reminiscent of a river bed, northern lights, the top of a mountain and a river valley - and like nature, Vuolas vuo is different in daylight, evening twilight and night darkness.
- The work is divided into a day theme and an evening and night theme. Changes tied to sunrise and sunset times closely follow the cycle of the year. In winter, in the camouflage, the evening and night theme is in the main part and the focus changes to the day theme as we go towards summer, the artist describes. The work can be admired from the courtyard of the kindergarten in the Ylikylä multipurpose building; the living work of light art is located on the roof edge of the facade of the building, adapting its shapes.ct in Rovaniemi. Under the name Vuolas vuo, I want to tie it to nature, which I respect and protect.
Carl Knif creates an innovative and physical interpretation of August Strindberg’s A Dream Play.
Deity Agnes undertakes a dreamlike journey through the world, encountering the different sides of humanity. She sees people and their lives as they are, full of contrasts and suffering, but also great beauty. Will Agnes be disappointed with humans, or will she be filled with love? How will she interpret the meaning of life and humans’ role on earth? Knif poses questions through strong physical expression and visuality. Music also plays a key role in the performance.
The performance is produced in collaboration between the Swedish Theatre in Helsinki, Riksteatern in Sweden, and Carl Knif Company.
"The performance, co-produced by Svenska Teatern, the Swedish Riksteatern and the Carl Knif Company, is reminiscent of the style of German silent films or Russian formalists from a hundred years ago for its visualization."
HS review **** 9.9.2021
"Lives up to expectations
Carl Knif impressed a few years ago on the same stage with his dance theater production of Kafka's short novel The Transformation, and it quickly becomes clear that A Dream Play will not be a disappointment. In fact, the show is excellent, both entertaining and intellectual, visually rich and innovative."
HBL review 9.9.2021
Direction and choreography: Carl Knif
Performers: Mårten Andersson, Per Burell, Patrick Henriksen, Oksana Lommi, Pekka Louhio, Dennis Nylund
Costume designer: Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila
Sound designer/Composer: Janne Hast
Light designer: Jukka Huitila
Scenographer: Erik Salvesen
Make-up and hair: Tiitta Stoor
Photographer: Cata Portin
Production: Carl Knif Company, Svenska Teatern, Riksteatern
A performance for the whole family that combines dance and object theater
The work INEHMOT, created jointly by dance artist Titta Court and puppet theater artist Jose Salo, has been inspired by the Finno-Ugric holder doll tradition and Guatemalan care dolls.
The worries and worries entrusted to the puppets, and at the same time the simple and modest implementation of the puppets, create an interesting contrast. Belief in the dolls ’ability to help and eliminate problems is strong. The difficulties that appear on the stage in the form of different characters are solved by listening and sympathizing.
Anssi Laiho's sound design and Jukka Huitila's lights support the delicate structure of the performance and create new worlds in front of the viewer. Jaana Isokangas is responsible for the costume.
The performance is speechless.
"With the help of a couple of rags, the driftwood is shaped into both a majestic deer and a flying lizard. The menacing bullfighter and the way-looking threads are reminiscent of the Minotauros stories."
LK review 30.8.2021
Concept, performers and scenography: Titta Court and Jose Salo
Sound design: Anssi Laiho
Lighting design: Jukka Huitila
Costume: Jaana Isokangas
Photos: Katri Kuu
Production: Rasa Collective, Teatteri Liikutus and Piste Collective
Performances: The work will be performed three evenings on the harbor shore of Helsinki's Kalasatamanpuisto on 26-28 August 2021 at 8.30 pm. The duration of the work is about 40 minutes. The performance is open to everyone and free.
Choreography and concept Petri Kekoni
Dancers Tanja Illukka, Maria Autio, Petri Kekoni, Anna Stenberg, Eero Vesterinen
Music and sound design Antti Nykyri
Lighting design Jukka Huitila
Costume Design Monika Hartl
Production Anne Peippo / Petri Kekoni Company
Uraanilamppu premiere 1.6.2021
Uraanilamppu premiere 1.6.2021
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Artistic planning and implementation: Valtteri Raekallio
Author: Harry Salmenniemi
Reader: Antti Holma
Dancers: Auri Ahola, Anni Koskinen, Natasha Lommi, Pekka Louhio, Oskari Turpeinen, Eero Vesterinen
Techincal producer: Lauri Lundahl
Set designer: Aino Koski
Set contructors: Jyri Sucksdorff ja Tuomas Siltala
Assisting set designer: Virpi Nieminen
Lighting designer: Jukka Huitila
Sound desginer: Aki Päivärinne
Costume designer: Kaisu Hölttä
Assisting chroreographer: Jarkko Mandelin
Direction and script writing of the videos: Valtteri Raekallio
Filming and editing of the videos: Thomas Freundlich / Lumikinos Productions Oy
Production assistants: Riikka Lakea, Sofia Suomalainen, Sanja Kulomaa / Pragma Helsinki
Production assistant, assisting performer: Sofia Ruija
Traineer: Jenni Honkamaa, Julia Mäkelä, Laura Kärkäs, Vilma Mankonen / Riveria, Outokumpu, dance education
Mistakes explores the manifestation of missteps and preferences on the stage. In it, five dynamic and highly skilled dancers share the stage with three experimental and groovy musicians resulting in electrifying encounters. It plays with the aesthetics of excessiveness, overflow, and physical fatigue and asks whether mistakes are something to be corrected or just an inevitable part of the psychedelic flow of life.
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– There is no spectator, they melted away by staring at the fireplace video too close for too long.
Uraanilamppu is a visionary performance mixing dance and text. It is based on the beloved and nourishing short stories by the philosopher and therapist Harry Salmenniemi. The performance devised by choreographer, activist and thinker Valtteri Raekallio hands its spectators keys to everyday living, life management and reaching one's goals.
Photo: Valtteri Raekallio
August Strindbergs banbrytande klassiker Ett drömspel sätts upp på AMOS-scenen i regi av koreografen Carl Knif, som tidigare varit aktuell på Svenska Teatern med bl.a. den hyllade dansteaterföreställningen Förvandlingen.
Magic show Taikarumpu by Henri Kemppainen feat Jussi 69
Space. What is space? Tiloja / Avaruuksia (Fin) is based on Georges Perec's book of the Espéces dʻespaces (1974). The dance piece is a humorous and imaginative dissertation on space in all its immediate manifestations. In the work, Perec’s texts meets poetic and subtle dance. Sometimes the text acts as a rhythm and element that determines movement, sometimes the expression brings the viewer into poetic landscapes of memories and dreams. There is movement, speech, video projection and a world of sound.
Choreography: Carl Knif
Performers: Atte Herd, Helmi Järvensivu, Joni Kuokkanen and Marjo Selin
Sound design and music: Antti Lindholm
Costumes: Mirkka Nyrhinen
Scenography: Jukka Huitila
Production: Rimpparemmi dance theater @Wiljami Rovaniemi - > Tickets
Photos: Antti Kurola
2.10.2020 19:00 PREMIERE
7.10.2020 12:00 and 19:00
16.10.2020 12:00 and 19:00
5.12.2020 13:00 and 18:00
A sensing, experiencing, and present dancer acts as the interpreter of feelings for the countless people who have experienced cancer at close range in the Your Cancer in Me performance.
The choreographer has experienced cancer among his friends and family four times, and approaches the topic openly through his experiences. The solo dance performance by Ismo Dance Company processes cancer on an emotional level and is an artistic interpretation of the feelings caused by cancer.
Your Cancer in Me approaches the topic from the perspective of the spouse of a cancer patient. Despite the difficult topic, the performance brings hope to anyone who has experienced a form of cancer.
The strong bodily features of dance allow the viewers to relate to the experiences, share their sorrow, and process their complicated feelings.
Choreography, concept ja direction: Ismo-Pekka Heikinheimo
Dance: Tanja Illukka
Composition and performance of music: Jouko Kyhälä
Light design: Jukka Huitila
Costume design: Sami Korhonen
Set design: Simon le Roux
Photos: Sakari Viika
tue 22.9. 19:00 premiere
wed 23.9. 19:00
thu 24.9. 19:00
fri 25.9. 19:00
sat 26.9. 19:00
sun 27.9. 19:00
tue 29.9. 19:00
Flow family on fire! Only 15 shows to go, so If you want to experience 2000m2 of immersive art be fast and buy tickets.
Full details and trailer by FLOW PRODUCTIONS/ director Pirjo Yli-Maunula.
All photos by JP Manninen
Performers in the photos: Kira Riikonen, Hanna Moisala, Emma Langmoen, Angeliki Nikolakaki, Tuukka Jukola, Janne Saarakkala, Anssi Laiho
Costumes and set by Heidi Kesti
Flower and ice installation by Kati Juvani
Origami fish by Nikke Launonen
Tree by Mervi Juurikka
Lighting and projections by Jukka Huitila
It has been quite hectic times with Corona but there are things happening. I had a last site visit in Oulu this week and the premiere of Hylky will arrive in two and a half weeks. More posts regarding Hylky will follow soon! Home sweet home will be premiered after Hylky at OuDance festival. Its a multimedia performance by Oulu based collective with dancer/choreographer Milla Virtanen, media artist Leevi Lehtinen and sound artist Anssi Laiho. I will do my icing on top of the cake ;). At once in Helsinki by Carl Knif Company will be at the same festival, so its a double booking for me. Speaking of double bookings, Corona canceled Ismo Dance Company´s premiere Your cancer in me that was supposed to be in April. Its new premiere date is 22.9. and the performances will go on until 29th of September. At the very same time I will finish my scenography design in Rovaniemi. The premiere of Rimpparemmi: Tiloja ja Avaruuksia will be in early October. And then there is more...
Art in the time of corona! We will release a series of three video recordings of three Flow Productions' immersive works.
First up Flow Productions presents: The Secret Garden. We have released a video recording of TSG (2018) to be watched free online. Due to the nature of immersive performances this video recording is a selection of the performance, even if it is pretty extensive. Viewers of this recording will therefore be in the same situation as the live audience was in their time: not everybody sees everything but it is all dependent on choices. People who have experienced this work live will be taken back to the feelings and sensations they had, and any first-timer will also have plenty to enjoy in this video.
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Great reviews ***** and all performances sold out. Premiere 5.3.2020.
UOTINEN GOES KEKKONEN
Directing: Atro Kahiluoto - Kaari Martin - Roni Martin
Dramaturgy: Atro Kahiluoto
Choreography: Kaari Martin and Jorma Uotinen
Composer: Roni Martin
Lighting: Jukka Huitila
Costumes: Erika Turunen
Makeup: Kaisu Hölttä
Producer: Virpi Kurkihovi
Marketing: Minna Korpimies
National museum of Finland: Noora Huumo, Sanna Paakkanen, Saara Pouru, Heidi Roth and Mikko Teräsvirta
Production: Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin
All photos: Minna Hatinen
Premiere next week. All performances sold out. For September performances, be fast!
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More performances coming in Helsinki 5.-8.11.2020.
Performance filmed in november 2019 in Cirko stage, Suvilahti, Helsinki.
Choreography and consept: Petri Kekoni
Sound design and music. Antti Nykyri
Light design: Jukka Huitila
Costume design: Monika Hartl
Dancers: Tanja Illukka, Meeri Lempiäinen, Pekka Louhio, Anna Stenberg, Eero Vesterinen
Original duration: 50 min.
Video: Thomas Freundlich / Lumikinos production Oy
Production and rights: Petri Kekoni Company
More info: kekonico.fi
Anna Karenina at Tapahtumakeskus Telakka 7th February 2020 19:00 and 9th February 2020 19:00.
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