How do ecological poetics perform between dance, site and image?
Nature Untitled is a new work by choreographer Veli Lehtovaara, visual artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila and sound designer Jani Hietanen with an international group of artists.
The work is presented in the form of a triptych – each of the three movements discharges on stage in a particular mode.
The first movement, inside an empty oil silo, dances out the ghosts of exhaustion and energies consumed. The bodies fold and crackle, the steel structure purrs, the phantasms of the oil era burn only to vanish.
In the second movement, we traverse on a field road and in interstellar space. The stage is both enveloping and infinitely extending vacuum, space and ship at the same time, governed by the sound of artificial intuition. Dance wobbles and weaves, recalls and regrets the earth and its beings.
The third movement juxtaposes a primeval forest with a shopping mall. The human-made technological environment plunges into the restful depths of the old growth forests. Dancing bodies graph the divergence of forms and minds emerging within this border zone.
The work is part of Lehtovaara’s artistic research (PhD) at the Theater Academy Helsinki.
- Choreography: Veli Lehtovaara in collaboration with the performers
- Performers: Elias Girod, Anni Koskinen, Sofia Simola, Matilda Aaltonen, Erik Eriksson (SE), Inga Huld Hákonardóttir (IS), Kevin Fay (US)
- Space, scenography and moving image: Eija-Liisa Ahtila
- Sound design: Jani Hietanen
- Costume design: Piia Rinne, Heide Vanderieck
- Dramaturgical support: Merel Heering
Production: Entirely Moved
Co-production: Zodiak, Moving in November, Institut finlandais
Productional support: Arts Management Helsinki
Recidencies: La Briqueterie CDCN Val-de-Marne (FR), wpZimmer (BE)
Supported by: Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arst Promotion Centre Finland, Dance House Helsinki / SPARKS, Uniarts Helsinki / CfAR