Anna Torkkel: Grâce

“The horror of having forced the performers to enjoy.”

Anna Torkkel’s choreography Grâce premiered in Kiasma Theatre in Helsinki in February 2020. Discussing with Torkkel are Janina Rajakangas and Tuomas Laitinen. The discussion is in Finnish. We apologize for a disturbance in the sound file at about 0:30.

Sorour Darabi: Savušun سووشون

“I try to play with them and find a way to transform them into a queer ceremony”

Dancer and choreographer Sorour Darabi visited Sidestep Festival in Helsinki in February 2020 with the solo performance Savušun سووشون. Discussing with Darabi are Janina Rajakangas and Mira Kautto.

Information about the content: in parts of the episode sexual violence is discussed.

Joel Teixeira Neves & Matilda Aaltonen: Voyer

“As a performer I challenge my own boundaries when it is pleasent to me.”

In February 2020 Voyer, a performance by Reality Research Center, premiered in Sidestep Festival at Zodiak Center for New Dance. This was already the third premiere, as the previous versions of the show were realized at the Theatre Academy of the Uniarts Helsinki (2017) and Riveria Vocational Institute in Outokumpu (2019). Discussing with directors Joel Teixeira Neves and Matilda Aaltonen and performer Ronja Syvälahti are Mira Kautto and Janina Rajakangas. Discussion is in Finnish.

Teemu Mäki & Maija Nurmio: Éliane

“I remember really well the first listening experience. Because it was so corporeal and I felt nauseous.”

In January 2020 Éliane, a dance piece by Teemu Mäki and Maija Nurmio, was performed at Mad House Helsinki. Éliane is based on Éliane Radiques musical composition I’Île Re-sonante and her thinking. Discussing with Mäki and Nurmio are Mira Kautto and Janina Rajakangas. Discussion is in Finnish.

Moving in November 2019 – Radio Salon 2: Dana Michel and Janina Rajakangas

“Red is actually a color that I despise.”

“Everybody fucks and everybody dies, so movement is here.”

In November 2019 the second series of Radio Salons organized in collaboration with Moving in November Festival was realized. Radio Salons are small-scale public events in which Esitysradio discusses with the artists of the festival.

Radio Salon is a space for dialogues that have no time to sprout in foyers before or after shows, or are swallowed by the noise of festival clubs. In the Salon we discuss the program of the festival with the participating artists with both critical and collegial intensions in an intimate setting.

In the second Radio Salon of 2019, recorded on the 7th of November, we hear choreographers Dana Michel and Janina Rajakangas. Dana Michel visited Esitysradio also in 2017 after her piece Mercurial George. Esitysradio is represented by Mira Kautto and a guest voice Anna Cadia.

Moving in November 2019 – Radio Salon 1: Eleanor Bauer and Mart Kangro

“Can I please inherit another truth? Or make one? Or let’s take apprenticeship with other cultures that maybe did it better? And don’t have this problem where dance doesn’t have to be a lesser form.”

“This is something I like to work with – to tease you. To make it clear that you shouldn’t believe everything I’m saying. Don’t drop your guard.”

In November 2019 the second series of Radio Salons organized in collaboration with Moving in November Festival was and will be realized. Radio Salons are small-scale public events in which Esitysradio discusses with the artists of the festival.

Radio Salon is a space for dialogues that have no time to sprout in foyers before or after shows, or are swallowed by the noise of festival clubs. In the Salon we discuss the program of the festival with the participating artists with both critical and collegial intensions in an intimate setting.

In the first Radio Salon of 2019, recorded on the 3rd of November, we hear choreographers Eleanor Bauer and Mart Kangro. Esitysradio is represented by Mira Kautto and a guest voice Anna Cadia.

The discussion was published in the early hours of Monday the 4th of November, but removed from the website during the same day due to politically sensitive material. On Tuesday the 5th of November the episode was re-published as an edited version, from which this material was removed. In the context of Esitysradio this is exceptional, since the discussions are as a rule published unedited. The edit is located in 01:01:49.

The second Salon will take place on the 7th of November at 7.30pm, with Dana Michel, Neil Callaghan and Janina Rajakangas as guests.

Veli Lehtovaara: Katkelma 468

“If one walks on an open area and the arrives at the edge of the forest and the forest starts to thicken, one moves into an altogether other kind of state, in which space, time and thinking is arranged in different way. Maybe there could be something like this between dance and language.”

Dance performance and performance installation Katkelma 468 (Fragment 468) by dance artist Veli Lehtovaara was performed in August 2019 in an empty oil container on the shores of Helsinki. Janina Rajakangas and Tuomas Laitinen met Lehtovaara few weeks later.

Moving in November – Radio Salon 3: The Artists

“I disagree completely with the dancing of the colonial body.”

In November 2018 Esitysradio realized the Radio Salon series, a three-part collaboration with the dance festival Moving in November, Goethe-Institut Finnland, Nuoren Voiman Liitto and The Finnish Critics’ Association. In the third Salon Janina Rajakangas and Tuomas Laitinen discuss with the choreographers Eisa Jocson, Benoît Lachambre and Elina Pirinen.

In the two previous parts (both in Finnish) of the Radio Salon series Tuomas and Janina discussed with the artistic directors of the festival Mikael Aaltonen and Ari Tenhula, and the critics Mia Hannula, Eeva Kauppinen and Maria Säkö. The two last parts of the series took place during the festival as small-scale public events hosted by Nuoren Voiman liitto.

Moving in November – Radio Salon 2: The Critics

“It was a very revealing moment and I felt really ashamed[…] I was sure that now he saw through me.”

In November 2018 Esitysradio realized the Radio Salon series, a three-part collaboration with the dance festival Moving in November, Goethe-Institut Finnland, Nuoren Voiman Liitto and The Finnish Critics’ Association. In the second Salon Janina Rajakangas and Tuomas Laitinen discuss with critics Mia Hannula, Eeva Kauppinen and Maria Säkö. The discussion is in Finnish.

In the first part of the Radio Salon series Tuomas and Janina discussed with Mikael Aaltonen and Ari Tenhula, the artistic directors of the festival. In the third salon, we hear Eisa Jocson, Benoît Lachambre and Elina Pirinen. The two last parts of the series took place during the festival as small-scale public events hosted by Nuoren Voiman liitto.