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.

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.