THE BODY

The Body

Lauantai 25.5. klo 17 Hällä-näyttämö
Sat 25.5. at 5 pm at Hällä Stage

The Body

The Body on esitys kauneudesta ja tuon kauneuden samanaikaisesta mahdottomuudesta. Se on tanssi merkityksenannon monimutkaisuudesta ja inhimillisestä hauraudesta.

Teoksessa on kaksi toisiinsa nivoutuvaa teemaa: menneisyyden ja tulevaisuuden samanaikaisuus sekä aistimellisuuden ja ajatuksen yhteentörmäys. Esiintyjät luovat kehollisia muodonmuutoksia, jotka resonoivat ajatonta ja ikiaikaista sekä toisaalta hetkellisyyttä ja kaiken katoavaisuutta.

Liisa Pentin duettoteos palkitun tanskalaisen esitystaiteilijan Bo Madvigin kanssa nostaa nimensä mukaisesti valokeilaan kehon. Esiintyjien sanaton vuoropuhelu ei esitä vaan tuo näkyväksi mielen ja kehon dialogin tilassa ja ajassa. Sisältä nouseva liike tutkii kehon mahdollisuuksia ja mahdottomuuksia tilassa. Mitä näemme kun katsomme kehoa? Osaammeko katsoa kehoa merkityksistä vapaana? Ja onko se ylipäänsä tarpeellista?

Meri Ekolan valosuunnittelu luo esitystilaan muuttuvia tilanteita, joissa kehot nousevat esiin ja tulevat nähdyiksi. Äänisuunnittelija Jouni Tauriainen on luonut merkityksiä pakenevan ajattoman äänirihmaston, joka yhdistyy pukusuunnittelija Tua Helven kuulaisiin esiintymisasuihin ja Tsaikovskin värisevään D-duuri viulukonserttoon.

The Body on ensimmäinen osa vuosina 2017-18 syntyvästä teossarjasta TheBody is a (clear) Place in the Space. Teossarja tutkii kehon ja tilan muodonmuutoksia esitystilanteessa, vuorovaikutuksessa yleisön kanssa.


Koreografia: Liisa Pentti
Tanssi: Liisa Pentti ja Bo Madvig
Musiikki- ja äänisuunnittelu: Jouni Tauriainen
Valosuunnittelu: Meri Ekola
Kuvat: Uupi Tirronen


Kesto: 75 min



The Body

The Body is a performance about beauty and its simultaneous impossibility; about the complexity of signifying and about human fragility. 

The work has two intertwining themes: the simultaneity of the past and the future and the collision of thought and sensoriality. The performers create bodily transformations that resonate the timeless and eternal as well as the fleeting nature of life. 

Liisa Pentti’s duet with the award-winning Danish performance artist Bo Madvig lets the body to take centre stage. The unspoken dialogue between the performers does not present but rather makes visible the interaction between mind and body in time and space. The movement arising from within examines the possibilities and impossibilities of bodies in space. What do we see when we look at the body? Are we able to look at it as separate from signifying? And is it at all necessary to do so? 

The lighting design by Meri Ekola creates different situations for the bodies to be present and seen in the especially magnificent performance space of the Cirko Maneesi. Jouni Tauriainen has created a timeless network of sounds that coalesce into the transparent costume design by Tua Helve and the tremulous Violin Concerto in D Major by Tchaikovsky. 

The Body is the first part of a performance series happening in the years 2017 and 18 called The Body is a (clear) Place in the Space. The series investigates the metamorphosis of bodies and space in a performance, with the presence of an audience.  


Choreography: Liisa Pentti 
Dance: Liisa Pentti and Bo Madvig 
Music and sound design: Jouni Tauriainen 
Lighting design: Meri Ekola 
Photo: Uupi Tirronen 


Duration: 75 min  


Liisa Pentti is one of the key visionaries of the Finnish dance scene. She has worked intensively in the Finnish dance scene as a dancer, choreographer and teacher since 1987. Her inspiration is in continuously finding new ways to play with movement and create choreography. She is moving in a landscape where dance, performance and theatre are combined, and she is well known to question and explore the limits of performative expression. The art of the performer and her unique presence are the essence in Liisa Pentti’s work, and from that source she creates a recognizable and enchanting ambiance. 

The dance group Liisa Pentti +Co was founded in year 2000. It has produced tens of productions and has performed in the Nordic countries, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Germany, Netherlands, Hungary and Austria. Liisa Pentti graduated (BA) from Opleiding Moderne Dans of Theaterschool in Amsterdam (School for New Dance Development, SNDO) in 1986 and she received her MA in Dance from the Theatre Academy Helsinki in 2010. Liisa Pentti is one of the core creators of Zodiak – Center for New Dance and worked as Zodiak’s house-choreographer in 2007–2009. She is also one of the founders of Side Step Festival which she curated with her colleagues in 1996–2009. Liisa Pentti acted as Artistic Director of Full Moon Dance Festival in 2013. 

Bo Madvig was born in 1962 in Elsinore, Denmark. June 2017 marked his 40th anniversary as a performing artist. The same month he was awarded the Reumert prize for best dancer for his work with the performing arts company GLiMT. He had already been nominated twice, in 2006 and 2012. 

From the Cirque d’Hiver in Paris to a field on the Danish islands, from a South American jungle to the Volksbühne in Berlin, from the Royal Danish Theatre to Melbourne International Arts Festival – BM has performed all over the world. 

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