In the first official episode of Zodiak Presents podcast we meet choreographer Johanna Nuutinen, whose work OPIA is online between the 1st -15th April in the program of Zodiak Center for New Dance. While the work available online is adopted for the camera, Mira Kautto and Tuomas Laitinen from Esitysradio experienced a preview of the piece onsite. They discuss the experience and the artistic process with Nuutinen and researcher Jaana Parviainen. The discussion is in Finnish.
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Zodiak Center for New Dance has launched a new podcast titled Zodiak Presents, composed of discussions on dance and art, led by visiting hosts. The first episodes are realized in collaboration between Zodiak and Esitysradio! In the teaser episode, Zodiak’s Artistic director Harri Kuorelahti and the Head of Zodiak Engagement Katja Kirsi introduce the series together with Mira Kautto and Janina Rajakangas from Esitysradio.
“I like let the art come into me.”
In January we met Mikko Niemistö, who performed his solo piece Odd Meters at Zodiak center for new dance already in September 2020. The discussion is in Finnish, and realized via remote connection. Talking with Mikko are Janina Rajakangas and Tuomas Laitinen.
“What should I let go of in my own contemporary dance hassle in order to be let into conversations with people?”
In the fourth episode of Moving in November -series we meet Pie Kär, who worked at the festival as a dramaturg of social choreography. Discussing with Kär are Janina Rajakangas and Mira Kautto. The discussion was recorded via remote connection and it is in Finnish.
In the third episode of Moving in November -series we meet Antonia Baehr, who performed Consul and Meshie together with Latifa Laâbissi at the Kunsthalle Helsinki. In the performance the figures of two chimpanzees occupy a visual installation by Nadia Lauro resembling the inside of a limousine. Discussing with Baehr are Janina Rajakangas and Tuomas Laitinen.
“The pandemic does not change so much my way or what I want to see. I just want to see more dance.”
In the second episode of Moving in November -series we meet Frédéric Gies, who performed solo the piece originally conceived for a group of nine dancers of Weld Company. Tribute – the library version was seen on the Stoa stage. Discussing with Gies are Mira Kautto and Janina Rajakangas.
The third year of collaboration between Esitysradio and Moving in November Festival has begun!
The guests of the first episode on the performances of this years festival are Maria Oiva and Kristina Junttila from Talking in the Rain: An Entertaining Show About the Weather. Oiva and Junttila are the artistic leaders of the project, which is a collaboration between Reality Research Center, Ferske Scener and Western Norway Research Institute. Talking in the Rain was realized as a distant performance. Discussing with Oiva and Junttila is Mira Kautto.
“This is my attempt to find the outlines of my body and expand them.”
Emmi Venna‘s solo performance Fabulous Muscles premiered in Mad House Helsinki in February 2020. Discussing with Venna are Janina Rajakangas and Tuomas Laitinen. The discussion is in Finnish.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.