Belarus Free Theatre: Burning Doors

“We were looking for a point when an actor can no longer survive on stage.”

Esitysradio saw Burning Doors by Belarus Free Theatre at Tampere Theatre Festival on the 12th of August 2017. Mira Kautto and Tuomas Laitinen discussed with the director Nicolai Khalezin.

The discussion is in English and Russian, with the Russian parts also translated into English.

Sanna Kekäläinen: Hafed collage of differences and fragility & Whorescope

“It is rest for the soul”

Esitysradio wathed two choreographies by Sanna Kekäläinen: the group work Hafed collage of differences & fragility in October 2016 and the solo Whorescope in April 2017. Both were performed at the kekäläinen&company’s Physical Art Theatre at the Cable Factory in Helsinki.

Discussion with Sanna Kekäläinen by Janina Rajakangas and Tuomas Laitinen is in Finnish.

Ian Kaler & Jam Rostron: o.T. (Incipient Futures)

“We are interested in generating a space where individuals can project their own questions, process, things that they come with on that specific night into the theater. We are vessels for that somehow.”

Ian Kaler‘s choreography o.T. (Incipient Futures) was performed at the Sidestep-festival at Zodiak the center of new dance in Helsinki in February 2017. It is the third piece in the o.T.-series (ger. ohne titel = untitled) by Kaler and the musician and media artist Jam Rostron a.k.a. Planningtorock. Also the dancer and costume designer Stephane Peeps Moun, the percussionist Joy Leah Joseph and the light designer Imogen Heath performed in the piece.

The discussion with Kaler and Rostron by Mira Kautto and Tuomas Laitinen.

Masi Tiitta: Viola

”You follow the state of being or movement, created by listening to the weight of the body.”

Viola by Masi Tiitta, Hanna Ahti ja Anna Torkkel premiered on the 23th of September 2016 at Kutomo in Turku and it was also performed in January 2017 at the Physical Art Theater at Cable Factory, Helsinki. In December and January the group worked at the Keidas-residency organized by K&C Kekäläinen & Company.

The discussion with Tiitta by Mira Kautto and Janina Rajakangas. The discussion is in English.

Noora Dadu: Fail – a flawed performance

“There is something in there that relates to me. But it’s quite secondary.”

Noora Dadu’s Fail premiered in Kiasma Theatre in November 2016. Fail was an independent sequel of Dadus 2015 performance My Palestine. Two additional performances of Fail will take place in January 2017.

Discussing with Dadu are Mira Kautto and Tuomas Laitinen. The discussion is in Finnish.

Liisa Pentti: Jeux – re-imagined & Rea-Liina Brunou: Pedestrian Ballet

“I wanted it to be far from all that social difficulty, so that you can be alone and in any place where you do not need to encounter other people and at any time.”

Both Liisa Pentti’s Jeux – re-imagined and Rea-Liina Brunou’s Pedestrian Ballet premiered at Kutomo in Turku in October-November of 2016. Esitysradio saw Jeux at Ateneum in Helsinki and Pedestrian Ballet at Kutomo and at Zodiak Z-free in Helsinki. The pieces were connected by their use of history of dance; Jeux was a re-imagined version of Vaslav Nijinskys ballet from 2013, Pedestrian Ballet refered to Marie Taglioni, a 19th century baleet dancer.

Discussing with Liisa Pentti and Rea-Liina Brunou are Mira Kautto and Tuomas Laitinen. The discussion is in Finnish.

A piece by Milja Aho, Anna-Mari Karvonen, Anna Mustonen & Emmi Venna

“The performance starts without problems, just like that.”

A piece by Milja Aho, Anna-Mari Karvonen, Anna Mustonen & Emmi Venna was performed at Baltic Circle Festival in November 2016. Esitysradio saw also the premier at Kutomo in Turku in May. The conversation with Aho, Karvonen, Mustonen and Venna by Janina Rajakangas and Tuomas Laitinen.

The conversation is in Finnish.

Omar Rajeh & MaHa Group: Zaafaran

“For us, there are some links to the tradition, some links to everyday life in Tehran, but definitely the core of the work is how we see things today, and this specific theme of sacrifice in us, in all its layers.”

Zaafaran, a performance by Lebanese choreographer Omar Rajeh and Iranian dance company MaHa,  was shown as a part of Moving in November -festival at Kiasma Theatre. Rajeh has worked in Beirut with his own company Maqamat since 2002 and has influenced widely the development of contemporary dance in Lebanon and its surroundings.

Janina Rajakangas and Tuomas Laitinen are discussing with Omar Rajeh and the dancers Mitra Ziaee Kia and Mostafa Shabkhan from MaHa Group.

Oblivia: Do be do

“I realized, that I can’t rely at all on my own feeling about the performance, about how it went tonight.”

Performance company Oblivia performed Do be do, the last part of their five-year-long Museum of Postmodern Art -series, at Cirko – Center for New Circus in October 2016.

Oblivia’s Annika Tudeer and Timo Fredriksson discuss with Janina Rajakangas and Tuomas Laitinen from Esitysradio. The discussion is in Finnish.