Massiveness and Still Life

A multimedia performance to make bodily sensations visible.

  • 25.10.2023 at 19–20
  • 27.10.2023 at 19–20
  • 28.10.2023 at 15–16
  • 29.10.2023 at 15–16
1st floor, Kiasma Theatre
Tickets: paid
Includes admission to the exhibitions on the day of the performance.

Two women leaning on each other.

Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Petri Virtanen


MASSIVENESS AND STILL LIFE is a choreographic spatial piece for 6 performers, a piano and selected non-human materials. The group posits questions about somatic movement on stage, deconstructing and reflecting on states that arise from the inter-relations between performers and from process of focusing observation on somatic layers of the body. By virtue of common denominators, attempts at staging open up to touch stories of support, safety and obliteration.

The performance has many points of departure, among the most important of them Donna Haraway’s Companion Species’ (2008)[TS1]  and Karen Barad’s ideas about agency in ‘Intra-action’ (2007).

On staging of the artistic process of creation: MASSIVENESS AND STILL LIFE is a generous immersion into the shared and the personal, wonderfully into something familiar and even dangerously strange, into shades of tenderness, boundlessness and situations of recognition that resemble contemplation.


Original working group, concept (Järkäle ja asetelmia) Sara Gurevitsch, Elli Salo, Tom Lönnqvist, Alexander Salvesen, Anne Makkonen, Salla Rytövuori, Roope Gröndahl and Anton Vartiainen (as part of work completed in 2020).


Choreography, texsts: Sara Gurevitsch in collaboration with Jaakko Fagerberg, Vilma Mankonen, Anne Makkonen, Oona Pennanen, Nella Matleena Savolainen
Piano: Roope Gröndahl
Sound design: Tom Lönnqvist
Light design: Alexander Salvesen 
Costumes: Sara Gurevitsch in collaboration with the working group
Spatial and video design: Tom Lönnqvist, Alexander Salvesen, Sara Gurevitsch
Residencies: Summer studios, ArTeZ Arnheim (2019), Vanhan kaivoksen residenssi Outokumpu (2020), kuudestila Mikkeli (2020, 2021), Theatre Academy Helsinki (spring – summer 2023)
Supported by: Arts Promotion Centre, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, kuudestila, Theatre Academy, Finnish Cultural Foundation SKR Uusimaa 
Production: Riikka Thitz (productional support 2019), Kiasma Theatre, Sara Gurevitsch