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Old performances 2017

DANCE THEATRE MINIMI / ABSOLUT FINLAND

Valvesali

Thu 14.12.

Fri 15.12.

Finland, the land of a thousand lakes is located in Northern Europe, between Sweden and Russia. Finnish people who are known for their eccentricity bathe naked in their saunas and speak without words. Absolut Finland is an advertising speech about Finland and its exotics from two dancing Finnish men. The amusing perfomance takes you deep into the Finnish mindset. On the journey you will see forest animals going about their everyday lives, extremely stressed ski jumpers, reckless tasting of traditional foods and testing the pain threshold on the benches of a scalding hot sauna. The piece is directed by Tommi Kainulainen and the movements are created by the choreographer-duo Antti Lahti and Tuomas Juntunen. The music is composed by Tomi Kosonen.

Production of the visit: Dance theatre Minimi and JoJo - Oulu Dance Centre

Director: Tommi Kainulainen | Coreography: Antti Laiho, Tuomas Juntunen | Music: Tomi Kosonen | Costumes: Mirkka Nyrhinen | Set Desing: Jukka Horsmanheimo | Tecnician: Sam Siltavuori | Production: Dance theatre Minimi, Anja Lappi

SONYA LINDFORS / SWAG LESSONS

Valvesali

Fri 24.11. at 19

Sat 25.11. at 19

Sun 26.11. at 16

Tue 28.11. at 19

Wed 29.11. at 13

Swag Lessons is a performance concept and a lecture performance which explores the interface of blackness and modern art through hip-hop culture. The aim is to articulate and advance the sociopolitical roots and experiential, communal and revolutionary sense and of hip-hop at a time when black pop culture has become mainstream.

Swag Lessons hangs loose, plays with the corporeality of hip-hop, samples old and new and brings people together by using the most natural thing to hip- hop culture – dancing together.

The performance includes english documentary parts that may cause anxiety and is therefore not allowed to children under 13 years. The performance includes also interactive parts.

The concept pays homage to Adrien Piper’s piece Funk Lessons (1983).

Concept: Sonya Lindfors | Team: Sonya Lindfors, Anniina Jääskeläinen, Erno Aaltonen, Mitja Nylund, Laura Jantunen| Production: JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre, Routa Company  and UrbanApa

TOMI PAASONEN / SATURDAY DANCES

Sotku, Kuopio

Fri 10.11. at 19

Sat 11.11. at 19

Choreographer Tomi Paasonen’s piece Saturday dances is a personal yet universal piece which is dedicated to his father, sea captain Pauli Paasonen. The piece combines movement language from social dancing in relation to contemporary dance. It illustrates a cheerful image of Finland through the perspective of a world traveler.

 

The work also deals with the border of life and death as a physical event. Breath, wind, childhood memories and ocean currents are used both as inspiration for the physical expressions and as metaphors for the otherworldliness of a mind transitioning from here to the beyond. Both by intertwining and contrasting emotion with physicality, the choreography gives form to important themes in terms of human life, such as the inevitability of death and its significance as part of a full life. Is the human condition site-specific or does the illusion of it simply amplify our separateness, although all our lives and deaths consist of similar elements, with all their joys and sorrows? The work is steeped in the human yearning for melancholy, body’s states of anxiety facing the unknown and the release of the transition into afterlife. Pauli Paasonen’s total lack of musical ear, combined with his love for boisterous singing, gives the work a gentle, tolerant and loving shade.

 

This piece is a farewell bow to the end and continuum life-cycles.

 

Choreography, direction, lights and costumes: Tomi Paasonen | Sound design: Anssi Laiho | Dance: Heli Pippingsköld, Salla-Maria Santos | Premiere: 13.10.2016 Valvesali, Oulu | Duration: 1h 5min

H-COLLECTIVE / ILTAMAT

Kemi City Theatre,

Main Stage

Thu 28.9. at 19 premiere

Fri 29.9. at 12

Fri 29.9. at 19

Mon 9.10. at 14

Tue 10.10. at 12

Valvesali

Thu 12.10. at 19

Fri 13.10. at 19

Sat 14.10. at 19

Thu 19.10. at 13

Fri 20.10. at 19

Sat 21.10. at 19

 

What becomes of five siblings brought up in Kemi, whose father wanted them to become engineers? Artists, of course! The Heikkinen siblings, Olli, Anni, Maiju, Liisa and Eetu spent their childhood in different parts of Kemi, mostly in the suburbs of Ajos. They began music and gymnastics hobbies as children and have consequently travelled individual roads into becoming two musicians, two dancers and one circus performer.

In Iltamat (The Soiree), the viewers get to peek into the siblings’ childhood, adventures, playtime and shared experiences which have molded them into the persons and artists they are today. The communality between siblings is not only restricted to the stage, but the viewers are invited along to a unique journey on which everyone can experience the power of doing things together.

The modern society seems to further be divided into smaller communities and governed by intense juxtapositions. The H-collective wants to offer people a chance to leave society’s contradictions for a while and return to the 90s safe suburb in Kemi, where life was carefree and communal. 

 

Performers: Anni Heikkinen, Eetu Heikkinen, Liisa Heikkinen, Maiju Heikkinen, Olli Heikkinen | Director: Jani Nuutinen | Concept and design: The team| Music/audio: Eetu Heikkinen, Olli Heikkinen | Lighting and visualisation: Elina Romppainen | Producer: Petteri Jakobsson | Production: H-Collective, JoJo –Oulu Dance Centre, Kemi City Theatre| Sponsors: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, South Carelia | Thank you: Maracat Caravan, Oulu University of Applied Sciences | Photo: Elina Romppainen | Duration: 60 min.

CARL KNIF COMPANY / FRIENDS OF DYMPHNA

Manilla Theatre, Turku

Sat 9.9. at 19

Friends of Dymphna, an opera about depression (Dymphna: Catholic saint for the mentally ill)

The piece touches mental fragility and depression through dance and performance art. The autobiographical work attempts to reveal the biological, emotional and social aspects of severe depression, it also strives to dismantle the tabu like nature of the subject.

 

The piece has been inspired by Andrew Solomons novel The Noonday Demon, an anatomy of depression (Chatto&Windus 2001). Friends of Dymphna aims to create ambiguos images of depression that arise from the questions; Why are we depressed? What causes depression? What does depression feel like? What does it look like? What is the opposite of depression?

In the work the personal experiences are juxtaposed with sientific studies, quotations from the bible as well as beliefs and perceptions on depression in society in general.

 

Choreography: Carl Knif | Dancers: Jonna Aaltonen, Terhi Vaimala, Carl Knif | Texts: Carl Knif, Terhi Vaimala, Jonna Aaltonen | Set Design/Lighting Design: Jukka Huitila | Sound Design: Aake Otsala | Costume Design: Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila | Language: English | Duration: 40-50 min

Production of the visit: JoJo - Oulun Dance Centre, Aurinkibaletti

http://www.aurinkobaletti.fi/manilla/tehdasfestivaali-manifesti

RAUTATIE

Oulu City Theatre, Main Stage

Sat 2.9. premiere

(The performances are ongoing during the whole autumn.)

Based on the novel written in 1884 by a famous Finnish author Juhani Aho, Rautatie (Railway) depicts the life of an elderly couple that shatters as a railway is built in the neighbouring village. The trip to the railway station and on board a train becomes a mind-blowing experience. Even though the couple returns home, nothing is as it used to be.

MILLA VIRTANEN - JAAKKO TOIVONEN / BLACKPOOL

Valvesali
Thu 18.5. at 19
Fri 19.5. at 19
Sat 20.5. at 19

 

Theatrical dance performance Blackpool takes the audience on a journey to the tough world of competitive ballroom dancing and reveals the rugged everyday life to be found behind the glamour. This intimate and autobiographical theatre experience has been made with love and contains drama and black humour. The performance reeks of self-tan and grates like a suede-sole shoe rasp. Old wounds that have already healed are re-opened, poked fun at and shared un-censored with the audience.

Contemporary dance choreographers Milla Virtanen and Jaakko Toivonen are both former Finnish national ballroom dance champions. Experiences from their ballroom dance youth and competing at the British Open Championships during the Blackpool Dance Festival, the oldest and most famous annual ballroom dancing event organised since 1920, serve as inspiration for the work.

Choreography, dance and visuality: Milla Virtanen ja Jaakko Toivonen | Edit: Sanna Silvennoinen | Sound design: Jaakko Toivonen | Photographer: Leevi Lehtinen 

 

Supported by Itäisen tanssin aluekeskus, Jenny ja Antti Wihurin rahasto, Samuel Huberin Taidesäätiö ja Live art Company United Cowboys.

 

Production of the visit: JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre 

Tickets: 15€ / 12€ / 8€

Tickets from the Valve ticket office,

at Cultural Centre Valve, Hallituskatu 7

p. 08 5584 7575

Open Wed-Sun 12-19

+www.ticketmaster.fi

ROOM 2 MANOEUVRE / WITHOUT A HITCH

Valvesali
Thu 18.5. at 19
Fri 19.5. at 19
Sat 20.5. at 19

 

Theatrical dance performance Blackpool takes the audience on a journey to the tough world of competitive ballroom dancing and reveals the rugged everyday life to be found behind the glamour. This intimate and autobiographical theatre experience has been made with love and contains drama and black humour. The performance reeks of self-tan and grates like a suede-sole shoe rasp. Old wounds that have already healed are re-opened, poked fun at and shared un-censored with the audience.

Contemporary dance choreographers Milla Virtanen and Jaakko Toivonen are both former Finnish national ballroom dance champions. Experiences from their ballroom dance youth and competing at the British Open Championships during the Blackpool Dance Festival, the oldest and most famous annual ballroom dancing event organised since 1920, serve as inspiration for the work.

Choreography, dance and visuality: Milla Virtanen ja Jaakko Toivonen | Edit: Sanna Silvennoinen | Sound design: Jaakko Toivonen | Photographer: Leevi Lehtinen 

 

Supported by Itäisen tanssin aluekeskus, Jenny ja Antti Wihurin rahasto, Samuel Huberin Taidesäätiö ja Live art Company United Cowboys.

 

Production of the visit: JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre 

Tickets: 15€ / 12€ / 8€

Tickets from the Valve ticket office,

at Cultural Centre Valve, Hallituskatu 7

p. 08 5584 7575

Open Wed-Sun 12-19

+www.ticketmaster.fi

 

 

TADAC - ELINA PIRINEN /

KOSTO I-IX

Valvesali

Pe 7.4. klo 19

La 8.4. klo 19

 

Kosto I-IX (Revenge I-IX) is a recitative fantasy directed by choreographer Elina Pirinen for dance company TADaC, made up of MA students of dance. It sings forth visions of revenge in linguistically, visually and corporeally subtle and direct ways. The singing on stage is surrounded by nine bodies incorporating rest and festivo. The tableau vivant, in turn illuminated and extinguished, brings forth the beautiful inner tumult of humanity.

Welcome to a desert of glowing light and flaming darkness.

Choreographer: Elina Pirinen | Dancers: Krista-Julia Arppo, Jenna Broas, Karoliina Kauhanen, Anni Koskinen, Anna Kupari, Outi Markkula, Pinja Poropudas, Lotta Suomi ja Katriina Tavi | Visual concept: Elina Pirinen ja Heidi Väätänen | Dramaturgy: Heidi Väätänen | Direction in writing process: Niko Hallikainen | Consultation and execution of lighting design: Nadja Räikkä | Sound technician: Lauri Malin | Duration: ca. 1h

TADaC (Theatre Academy Dance Company) is a dance company within the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. In the final year of their MA studies dancers collaborate with established choreographers and perform work created especially for them. TADaC was designed to facilitate the transition from training to professional practice and is fulfilling the mission. TADaC continually introduces a fresh generation of new contemporary dancers. Artistic director of the company is Professor Ari Tenhula. KOSTO I-IX is the artistic part of the Master’s thesis for the graduating dancers.

 

Tickets: 12€ / 10€ / 5€

Tickets from the Valve ticket office,

at Cultural Centre ValveHallituskatu 7,

p. 08 5584 7575

Open Wed-Sun 12-19

+www.ticketmaster.fi

Photos: Katri Naukkarinen

 

TSUUMI DANCE THEATRE - MATTI PALONIEMI / KAKE - ON THE WAY TO STARDOM

 

Valvesali

Sat 18.3. at 18.00

Sun 19.3. at 16.00 

Kake – Tiellä tähtiin explores the Finnish mental landscape through the theme of Wonderland Finland. The choreography of Matti Paloniemi tells the story of a band called Kake, which is infatuated with 1980’s synthesizers and Finnish schlager. The band’s dreams are enormous; in fact the plan is a massive world tour. However, internal conflicts, different dreams and unfulfilled hopes of the band members cause tension.

The show is a compelling melange of dance, theatre and music. Re-arranged Finnish schlagers and tangos create the musical context. All the performers are dancing, singing and playing in this energetic but touching parody.

Production of the visit:  JoJo - Oulu Dance Centre and Oulu Music Festival

 

Choreography: Matti Paloniemi | Costume design: Jaana Kurttila | Music: Jarno Tastula/ Finnhits | Lights: Janne Teivainen | Performers: Reetta-Kaisa Iles, Tuomas Juntunen, Salla Korja-Paloniemi, Jarno Tastula, Janne Teivainen | Photos: Mikko Mäntyniemi | Graphic design: Jimmy Träskelin | Teaser by: Kim Saarinen

The production is supported by Niilo Helander foundation

AURINKOBALETTI  - SASHA PEPELJAJEV / IF YOU SNOW AWAY

Valvesali

Fri 3.3. at 19

Sat 4.3. at 19

If You Snow Away is a dance work about snow.  One of the most charming aspects of snow is the diversity of its essence. A single snowflake is perfectly symmetrical, yet a blizzard resembles chaos. In addition to being a story about dancing snow, If You Snow Away is a story about Alexandr Pushkin and his romantic short story the Snow Storm (the Blizzard).

 

If You Snow Away is the seventh work the top choreographer Sasha Pepelyajev has made for Aurinkobaletti. The previous collaborations include, among others, the international hit Tanssiva torni  (The Dancing Tower) of the European Cultural Capitals of Turku and Tallinn in 2011.

Production of the visit:  JoJo - Oulu Dance Centre and AB Dance Company (Aurinkobaletti)

 

Coreography, visualization, video graphics : Sasha Pepeljajev | Costume desinger: Sergei Illarionov |Lights: Marko Kallela | Sounds: Eero Auvinen | performers: Mikko Kaikkonen, Päivi Kujansuu, Urmas Poolamets, Patrick Di Quirico, Elina Raiskinmäki | Photost: Juha Lukala | Duarition: 1,5 h | Premiere: 7.9.2016 | Age recommendation: 

12-vuotta

PIRJO YLI-MAUNULA / PESSI AND ILLUSIA

Valvesali

Fri 17.2. at 18

Sat 18.2. at 16 

Sun 19.2. at 16 

Tue 21.2. at 10 

Wed 22.2. at 10

Thu 23.2. at 10 

Fri 24.2. at 10 

Sat 25.2. at 16

Sun 26.2. at 16

Pessi and Illusia, the beloved fairytale by Yrjö Kokko (first published in 1944), has seen a powerful reinterpretation in the hands of artist professor Pirjo Yli-Maunula and her team. The artists decided to start from a clean slate and build the world of Pessi and Illusia from scratch. Familiar characters have gained new dimensions through movement, expression and visualization. The stage production creates a beautiful, rough-hewn and visually inventive world which expands Kokko’s well-known story and characters into a multi-layered experience for the viewer. This is what Pessi and Illusia looks like in our day and age.

The piece is a co-creation between Yli-Maunula and dancers Milla Virtanen, Teemu Tuohimaa and Katri Lausjärvi, circus artists Sanna Vellava and Katja Kortström, as well as musicians Kyösti Salmijärvi and Markus Lampela. Costume and set design are by Pirjo Valinen, assisted by Heidi Kesti. Sound design is by Aake Otsala and light design by Jukka Huitila. Assistant director is Milla Virtanen. Circus artist Ilona Jäntti has also been involved in planning the piece.

The work was produced by Flow Productions and JoJo - Oulu Dance Centre in 2015. Supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Wihuri Foundation and Oulun Valistustalo. In partnership with Cultural Centre Valve.

Production of the performances in 2017: Flow Productions

Collaboration with JoJo - Oulu Dance Centre

RAEKALLIO CORP. / ESITYS - A PERFORMANCE

Sotku, Kuopio

Fri 10.2. at 19

Sat 11.2. at 19

Esitys – A Performance subverts the relationship between performers and audience, fusing contemporary dance with experimental performance and questioning the power structures of the stage event. Who ultimately watches whom, and who holds the position of power in a performance?

The production continues Valtteri Raekallio’s lauded collaboration with poet Eino Santanen, and is based on Santanen’s upcoming poetry collection Yleisö (Audience). Their previous joint work was the critically acclaimed Edustaja (The Representative), which premiered in 2014 and was performed 26 times to sold-out audiences. The Representative was also nominated as one of the top productions of the year by the cultural departments of YLE broadcast news and the Helsingin Sanomat national daily newspaper.

In Esitys – A Performance, two different performances, built on contrasting conventions, happen simultaneously on the same stage. The finely wrought movement-based duet by Mirva Mäkinen and Eero Vesterinen explores the changing dynamics of a couple’s relationship. At the same time, Raekallio’s performative solo, based on Santanen’s text, continuously redefines its own basis for existence and asks the audience, what do they see when they look at dance? The representations of the different performances take place concurrently and leak into each other.

What are the limits and possibilities of dance on the stage and in an audience relationship? How many “social performance contracts” can be in force at the same time? If the performance looks at the audience, who has the power? Can the divide between rhetorics and motorics be bridged? Can this gap be performatized?


The Performance is not suitable for children.
Production of the visit: JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre and Dance Theatre Minimi

VOLONTÉ 

Cultural Centre Valve

Wed 18.1. at 19
Fri 20.1. at 19
Sat 21.1. at 14 

Sat 21.1. at 19
Sun 22.1. at 16
Thu 9.2. at 19
Fri 10.2. at 19
Sat 11.2. at 14 

Sat 11.2. at 19
Sun 12.2. at 16

N.O.D YOUTH COMPANY / BECOMING MONSTERS

Oamk Stage 

Fri 3.2. at 13

Fri 3.2. at 19

Sat 4.2. at 19 +audience discussion

Fri 10.2. at 19 

Sat 11.2. at 13 +audience discussion

Sat 11.2. at 19 +audience discussion

“Elmyra is from Russia. She has a guinea pig and she would like to concentrate more on acting. She no longer searches. The things that are meant for her will always flow to her. She will never need to force them or change herself to attain them and there are going to be a thousand separate heavens, for all of her separate parts.”

Heli Pippingsköld and n.o.d. youth company’s Becoming Monsters is a contemporary dance piece that dives into the questions of humanity, power, desire, hope and faith that are driven and governed by endless promises and utterances of a better tomorrow. In this piece, the stage functions as a ritual on which a field of absurd and poetic bodily conversation is built. A live human sea whispers, destroys, fixes, rearranges, falls apart and changes shapes in order to survive. The piece paints its portrait and itself endlessly by means of movement, words and theatre. Becoming Monsters places itself in front of us, around us, and might even live within us already.

Choreographer and director: Heli Pippingsköld |Choreographic assistant and dance trainer: Joel Alalantela | Sound design: Simon Beyer-Pedersen | Lighting design: Ville Aunola | Costume design: Matleena Kehus | Dancers: n.o.d youth company / Eerika Kemppainen, Meri Reunamäki, Antti-Pekka Pudas, Henna Männikkö, Sanni Saarnisaari, Eeva Mattila, Vilma Viita, Anna Ryhänen and Mira Pernu | Duration: circa 1h | Production: JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre| The production is supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Oulu University of Applied Sciences and Finnish Cultural Foundation’s North Ostrobothnia Regional Fund

SONYA LINDFORS / NOBLE SAVAGE

Oulu City Theatre, Main stage

Wed 1.2. at 19

Thu 2.2. at 10 +audience discussion



NOBLE SAVAGE analyses the processes of otherness by creating a black stage where the ‘other’ is white.

The term noble savage dates back to the 17th century – yet the dominant media image of blackness as an exotic and fascinating yet also potentially threatening and untamed otherness is still alive and well.

The dramaturgical frame of the performance is the story of Pocahontas, a young princess who is kidnapped and taken to Europe. A further metalayer is formed by a roleplay of representations. Who is allowed to play whom, and how? Who is allowed to tell another story? Whose perspective is the story told from?


Production of the visit: Oulu City Theatre, JoJo - Oulu Dance Centre, Zodiak – Center for New Dance

 

Direction and concept: Sonya Lindfors | Performers: Ima Iduozee, Amira Khalifa, Sonya Lindfors, Deogracias Masomi, Julian Owusu, Esete Sutinen | Light design and music: Erno Aaltonen | Sound design and music: Jussi Matikainen | Set design: Aino Koski | Costume desing: Sanna Levo | Video design: Timo Wright, Laura Jantunen | Dramaturgical support: Maryan Abdulkarim | Duration: 1 h 45 min | Age recommendation: 13+

Photos: Sanna Käsmä, Ilkka Saastamoinen, Tuukka Ervasti, Ernest Protasiewicz

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