Liisa Pentti +Co: The Space

13.10.2018 - 20.10.2018

A new contemporary dance performance by choreographer Liisa Pentti views the transformations of body and mind. It is also possible to see Janina Rajakangas’ Canary after the performance with a Double Bill.

Sat 13.10. at 16
Tue 16.10. at 17 
Wed 17.10. at 19 SOLD OUT
Fri 19.10. at 19
Sat 20.10. at 16

Tickets 15/12e, Double Bill (Liisa Pentti +Co: The Space and Janina Rajakangas: Canary) 25/20e

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Venue Kiasma Theatre
Duration 1h

The Space is a work for six dancers, two live musicians and several video projections. It is a work about spatial and bodily metamorphoses that create a multi-sensory dialogue between the space, the performers and the viewer. The performers use the whole of the auditorium, blurring the boundary between the audience and the stage and creating new ways of looking at the space. The work invades the Kiasma Theatre stage in a sensitive, soft, minimal and sometimes arrogant way. The gaze, movement and speech of the performers makes the space become visible and alive.

The Space is a performance about emptiness, space and outer space, absence and presence. It is about the connection between seeing and understanding the meaning. And about a dog. The performers create visions of body, mind and voice transformations and return these to the beginning where nothing has stayed the same. The Space creates a seemingly chaotic performative landscape that reflects glimpses of beauty and terror. The layeredness of the space merges with the layeredness of the performance mixing together stories, fiction, everyday and realism.

The Space departs from three intertwining themes: the haptic space creating movement, the simultaneity of the past and the future and the collision of sensoriality and thinking. The work draws inspiration from the films of Bela Tarr, a Hungarian film director, and architect Juhani Pallasmaa’s article Hapticity and Time.

The Body is a (clear) Place in the Space is a two-part performance series happening in the years 2017-18. The first part is a duet called The Body, where Liisa Pentti performs with the Danish performance artist Bo Madvig. The duet premiered in Helsinki in September 2017.

Performance is part of performance_now concept by Kiasma Theatre, with the theme of space this year.

Working Group

Choreography and direction: Liisa Pentti
Dancers: Rea-Liina Brunou, Johanna Ikola, Carita Lähteenmäki, Maija Reeta Raumanni, Satu Rekola, Nina Viitamäki
Music: Jukka Kääriäinen & Co
Musicians: Jukka Kääriäinen, Eero Savela
Lights: Meri Ekola
Costumes: Tua Helve
Spatial design: Salla Salin
Producer: Inari Pesonen
Production: Liisa Pentti +Co, Kiasma Theatre

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Svenska Kulturfonden, Oscar Öflunds Stiftelse, Taiteen edistämiskeskus, City of Helsinki, Eskus – Esitystaiteen keskus, Suomen kulttuurirahasto & O Espaco do Tempo -residency.