Janina Rajakangas Project: Canary

A contemporary dance performance about hypersensitivity. The performance is a Double Bill with The Space by Liisa Pentti+Co.

  • 13.10.–20.10.2018

A Finnish choreographer Janina Rajakangas studies hypersensivity in her new piece Canary. The performance will be performed in Kiasma’s 2nd floor balcony. Before the performance, it is possibly to see Liisa Pentti‘s performance The Space with a Double Bill ticket.

Sat 13.10. at 18 SOLD OUT
Tue 16.10. at 18.30 NB! No ticket sales from the door, please purchase your ticket online or from Kiasma’s info desk before 5PM.
Wed 17.10. at 20.30 SOLD OUT
Fri 19.10. at 20.30
Sat 20.10. at 18

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

Venue Kiasma’2 2nd floor balcony (the audience will be guided from Kiasma Theatre’s foyer)
approx. 50min
Language English

In our contemporary everyday environment there are lots of factors, that cause both health hazards and indisposition for large numbers of individuals. There is no clear divide where ”ordinary” symptoms to ”ordinary” stimulus of the living environment end and become oversensitivity. Mould Refugees Association

 Canary is an embodied imagination of oversensitivity. It is performed on the second floor balcony in Kiasma for thirty people at a time. The name of the piece relates to the sensitive birds, that were taken to coal mines to measure the toxity of the air. When the bird died, the mine was dangerous for humans as well. In Canary the place of the birds is taken by oversensitive human bodies, that celebrate imperfection and mayhem.

In Canary the oversensitivity is related to space, the sounds, smells, light, air and toxins of the space. What happens when the space can no longer be inhabited? Canary models the hypersensitive person of the future by embodying the overloading of senses. We are suggesting a future, where people survive, but change radically. We are choreographing the symptoms of living in toxic places until the breakage surfaces and the person becomes an other, a hybrid.

Janina Rajakangas (s. 1978) is a Finnish choreographer who has studied i.a. at London Contemporary Dance School and Theatre Academy in Helsinki. Rajakangas has been working both in Finland and abroad. Rajakangas on työskennellyt sekä Suomessa että ulkomailla.

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

Working group

Direction: Janina Rajakangas
Performers and choreographic thinkers: Fred Gehrig (DE),  Kaisa Iho, Mira Kautto & Karolina Kraczkowska (PL)
Sound design: Miki Brunou
Light and spatial design: Jenni Pystynen
Production: Janina Rajakangas Projekti, Kiasma-teatteri


Supported by SKR, Taiteen edistämiskeskus, Dansarena Nord, Nordic Mobility Fund, The Place & Ehkä-tuotanto.

The performance has been created during two years at residencies in Portugal (o espaço do tempo), Norway (Dansarena Nord Hammerfest), Turku (Kutomo) and London (Choreodrome, The Place).