Teo Ala-Ruona: Enter Exude

Performance for three people and one Chevrolet Camaro car. The performance is part of Tom of Finland ja Dreamy exhibition programme.

  • 28.5.2023 at 15–16.45
  • 30.5.2023 at 19–20.45
in English
1st floor, Kiasma Theatre
Tickets: 25 € / 15 €
Includes admission to the exhibitions on the day of the performance. A small quota of pay what you can -tickets are also available at Kiasma's info desk before each performance.

A smoking car.

Photo: Teo Paaer




  1. to come or go into a place…



  1. to discharge slowly and steadily…

Enter Exude is a cinematic auto-fantasy for three performers and a Chevrolet Camaro.

Born from the anal canal of an automobile, the techno brothers get their kicks from sucking in the car’s spirit. They are sustained by the inhalation of unfulfilled desire, dancing in the metallic cosmos before the final destination.

Exorbitant and delicate, the performance moves on a variety of time scales, along the boundary between life and slow death, idolising highways, the body of a car, and memories of father. The brothers invite you to join them in getting turned on by the union of rubber, pollution and the engine.

The car is the birthplace of techno-sexuality and techno-corporeality.

The car is your gender.

Enter Exude continues Ala-Ruona’s series of performances exploring the intertwining of environmental toxicities and trans-corporeality, with bodily transformations and complex sexuality forming an intense, mutually accelerating cycle.

Content notes:
The performance includes talk about sex and death.
The audience contact of the performers doesn’t require any active participation of the audience members.

Teo Ala-Ruona’s essay

Read an essay ‘Car and I’ from Ala-Ruona’s website.

Working group

Teo Ala-Ruona is performance artist, whose work explores topics of sex, queer ecology, toxicity and gender. Ala-Ruona’s work focuses on speculative fiction in forms of performances that combine somatofictional practices, movement and different vocal techniques. By using his own body as a site for the various speculative stories to take place, he experiments with how, through fiction, he can transform himself, as well as the perspectives from which others look at his body. Ala-Ruona’s work has recently been shown in The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, VEGA|ARTS in Copenhagen, HAM Art Museum in Helsinki, Baltic Circle -festival in Helsinki and Gas-gallery in Los Angeles.

Even Minn is a writer and dramaturg working in the fields of performance art and literature. They are fascinated by the dancing divine animal body and our shared ancestry with other cellular lifeforms. Their practice is informed by trans feminism and somatics. At the moment they write prose on the non-linear experience of time. Works include Äitini on alien –radio essay (Yle 2018), Deep Time Trans -performance (Baltic Circle Festival Helsinki 2021) and Sometimes a verb, sometimes a Noun exhibition review (No Niin magazine 2021).

Charlie Laban Trier is a Danish dancer and choreographer. He graduated from SNDO (NL) in 2018. A member of Jacuzzi – an artist-run space in Amsterdam, where dance/performance/time-based media practices swim together. He thinks of dance as a slippery matter, and a joker that instantaneously can inhabit many images, seducing its viewers while cheekily sliding out of shape.

Raoni Muzho Saleh (NL/AFG) is a choreographer/performer whose work is influenced by fugitivity, a revolutionary movement that shapes his artistic vision. Through the use of materials such as textile, dough, voice, and text, Raoni invites a serious kind of play into the performance space where one becomes immersed in otherworldly possibilities.

Miša Skalskis is a musician and artist based in Helsinki. His work ranges from sound pieces to video work and publications. He has a BA in Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague and an MFA from the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. Skalskis’ work has been presented in Sonic Acts (Amsterdam), Sorbus Gallery (Helsinki), CAC (Vilnius), Rupert (Vilnius), Editorial (Vilnius), LNDT (Vilnius), Van Abbe Museum (Eindhoven), the Community (Paris).

Kaino Wennerstrand makes performances, music, and anything that pays. She was awarded the Finnish state prize for media art in 2021.

Heikki Paasonen studied lighting design at the Finnish Theatre Academy of Finland (1997 – 2003) and at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (2001-2002) earning his Master ́s degree in Lighting Design in 2003. After graduating he has worked as a designer in more than 80 professional theatre, dance and opera productions. Paasonen works (2007−present) in the Kiasma theatre in the Finnish National Gallery ́s Museum of Contemporary Art as a resident designer and theatre technician. In 2012 Paasonen won both the Säde award for “best lighting design” awarded by the Finnish Association of Lighting Designers, and the Finland-prize awarded by The Ministry of Education and Culture.

Sanna Ritvanen is a producer working both in the field of visual and performing arts. Currently they are coordinating a joint project of Baltic Circle, ANTI-festival and Hangö Teaterträff (2022-2024), curating and producing site specific exhibitions in Porin kulttuurisäätö collective and chairing the board of Mustarinda Association.

Remi Vesala is a freelance curator and writer. Their work centers queer narratives and research on trans and speculative ecologies. Parallel to their curatorial practice Vesala works also with moving images.


Summoning, concept, direction: Teo Ala-Ruona
Choreography and performing: Raoni Muzho Saleh, Charlie Laban Trier ja Teo Ala-Ruona
Dramaturg: Even Minn
Set and costume design: Teo Paaer
Sound dramaturg: Kaino Wennerstrand
Sound design: Miša Skalskis
Lighting design: Heikki Paasonen
Producer: Sanna Ritvanen
Pre-production: Jonni Korhonen
Artistic dialogue: Remi Vesala
Promotional photo: Teo Paaer
Production Kiasma-teatteri, Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, Viernulvier, Warehouse9
Supported by: Niilo Helander Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre, Wihuri Foundation, Oskar Öflund Foundation, Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, Kone Foundation, Finnish Cultural Institute of Denmark
Residencies: FABRIKKEN, Zodiak-laboratory, BUDA, Eskus-HIAP residency

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