Wakey-wakey

A ritualistic contemporary dance performance that dives into the depths of the subconscious, a revivalist movement that invites you to wander into the twilight zone of the mind.

  • 22.9.2022 at 19–20.30
  • 24.9.2022 at 15–16.30
  • 25.9.2022 at 15–16.30
  • 28.9.2022 at 19–20.30
  • 30.9.2022 at 19–20.30
  • 1.10.2022 at 15–16.30
1st floor, Kiasma Theatre
Tickets: 27,50 € / 18,50 €
The ticket includes admission to exhibitions on the same day of the performance. The duration of the performance will be confirmed closer to the premiere.

Mikko Niemistö, Wakey Wakey, 2021. Photo: Finnish National Gallery, Pirje Mykkänen and Sofia Pyy.

About the performance

Wakey-wakey is a contemporary dance performance which creates a psychedelic space that promotes transitions from one layer of the subconscious to another. It is inspired by trance as well as dreams, poems and emotional political texts.  

The production team uses the structure of rituals to dive into the internal reality of the mind. However, the multi-disciplinary work reverses the direction of awakening, which leaves reality behind and plunges into the undercurrents of consciousness, into a noise that lies under everyday life and is only glimpsed in memories of nightly visions and lapses into reverie. 

The dance performance is part of a revivalist movement that invites the viewer to wander into the shadowy realms of the mind. It explores a variety of issues ranging from political and religious revivalism to the death of the ego caused by psychedelic drugs or phenomena. Such states of mind are often described as an ability to see things in a new light or as the re-discovery of a lost truth. As a result, the reality one has left behind appears to be alien. 

The artists

Mikko Niemistö

Mikko Niemistö is a choreographer, performance artist and curator based in Helsinki and abroad. He has created solo works as well as multidisciplinary pieces that embody a dialogue between artistic disciplines. His works explore the relationship of the human body to its environment as well as our conscious and unconscious bodily connections to social structures.  

Karolina Ginman

Karolina Ginman is a dancer and choreographer based in Helsinki. She is interested in the deeply sensed and thoroughly lived creative body that speaks its poetry beyond reason.  

Johannes Vartola

Johannes Vartola is an artist and sound designer based in Helsinki. His work typically involves the philosophy of humanity’s relationship with nature and the politics of spaces and places. Vartola’s specialities are experimentalism, audience participation and documentary.  

Justus Kantakoski

Justus Kantakoski is a fashion designer and performance artist whose mediums are contemporary art, handicraft, performance art and video art. His work has been awarded in Finland as well as internationally.  

Teo Lanerva

Teo Lanerva is a lighting and video designer based in Helsinki. Most of his work is in contemporary performance and various events at small underground clubs or large festivals. Works designed by him have been exhibited in more than ten countries.   

Elina Lifländer

Elina Lifländer is a set designer, spatial artist and lecturer in design for the performing arts at University of the Arts Helsinki. She has exhibited her work in in Helsinki, Prague and the Venice Research Pavilion.  

The team

Choreography: Mikko Niemistö 
Performers: Karolina Ginman and Mikko Niemistö 
Costume designer and master of ceremonies: Justus Kantakoski 
Sound design and live music: Johannes Vartola 
Lighting design: Teo Lanerva 
Spatial design: Elina Lifländer 

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Location and accessibility

Kiasma Theatre is located on the first floor, at the opposite end of the building from the main doors. The theatre has no numbered seats. Jackets and bags can be left to Kiasma’s cloakroom for free.

The top level of Kiasma Theatre is accessible. We recommend to contact Kiasma’s info before if a place for a weelchair is needed.

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