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.

Elina Pirinen & Heidi Väätänen: Concerto under Waterlilies

“Here you don’t hurt yourself or your friend, and I feel that Concerto under Waterlilies is therefore a possibility to get out of loneliness.”

Concerto under Waterlilies by choreograph Elina Pirinen and dramaturg Heidi Väätänen premiered in Kiasma Theater on September 30th 2016. It is based on the Piano Concerto no. 2 by Sergei Rahmaninov and is an independent sequel to Personal Symphonic Moment, which premiered in 2013. Discussion with Elina Pirinen by Janina Rajakangas and Tuomas Laitinen.

The discussion is in Finnish.

Health Special. Sami Henrik Haapala: The Real Health Center & Valtteri Raekallio: Neuromaani

“- A hydrogen atom is a hydrogen atom.
– Well we have decided to believe so.
– Okay…
– I mean of course you can say so but…
– So we operate on this level. I categorically disagree.”

Esitysradio experienced two immersive performances that connect to the subject of health.

The Real Health Center by Sami Henrik Haapala and group, “the first performance in the world with a verifyable health impact”, was performed in the public space and urban forest of Helsinki 12th-21st of August 2016. The Real Health Center was in the program of the University of Arts Helsinki and a part of Haapala’s doctoral thesis.

Valtteri Raekallio’s multidisciplinary Neuromaani , based on a novel by Jaakko Yli-Juonikas, is being performed in the Maria Hospital in Helsinki from August 20th to September 24th 2016. Neuromaani is in the program of Helsinki Festival and is co-produced by Zodiak Center for New Dance and Raekallio Corp.

In discussion with Haapala and Raekallio is Tuomas Laitinen. Discussion in Finnish.

Anni Klein / Teater 90°: Wunderkinder

“What does neoliberalism feel like?”

Wunderkinder, directed by Anni Klein and written by Johannes Ekholm, was premiered at the Stage festival in Helsinki on the 17th of August 2016. It is a production by Swedish-speaking Teater 90° and it was performed in an office space in the borough of Kallio. Discussion with Anni Klein by Janina Rajakangas and Tuomas Laitinen, in Finnish.

Constanza Macras: I am with you

“Like this picture of the Syrian boy that is everywhere… it could totally be faked and that would not make it less interesting… After seeing millions of pictures of dismembered children you have to stage it in order to make it work. You need it to enter the language of publicity.”

Berlin-based choreograph Constanza Macras and her group DorkyPark performed I am with you at the Stage festival at Korjaamo in Helsinki August 20th-21st 2016. Esitysradio had a public talk with Macras after the first performance. Discussion by Mira Kautto and Janina Rajakangas.

Rebel Rebel: A Retrospective

“I’m not a good dancer”

Icelandic Rebel Rebel, that is choreograph Ragnheiður Sigurðardóttir Bjarnarson and novelist Snæbjörn Brynjarsson, performed A Retrospective – series of novels never written at Tampere Theatre Festival in August 2016. Conversation with Rebel Rebel by Mira Kautto and Tuomas Laitinen.

Desiree Burch: Tar Baby

”You’ll keep fucking up in the same exact way until you understand what your problem is and you stop fucking it up that way. There’s so many new fuck-ups for us to move on to!”

Comedian, actor, writer and storyteller Desiree Burch performed Tar baby, an interactive carnival on race and capitalism, at Tampere Theatre Festival on the 3rd-4th August 2016. Conversation with Desiree by Mira Kautto and Tuomas Laitinen.