Valtteri Raekallio’s evening-length dance work for six dancers, based on the Finlandia award winning novel by Laura Lindstedt, takes the audience on a breathtaking multisensory journey.
Premiere: 18.1.2018 Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 90 minutes (+ optional 30 minutes for light dinner/soup)
A person separated from their own life, in a post-death limbo from which there is no escape. Time has ceased to exist; the stories and movement languages of people meet and intertwine, revealing new layers of each other; joining finally into a shared communion facing the smallest common denominator of all humanity – death itself.
Valtteri Raekallio’s production for six dancers is based on the Finlandia award winning novel by Laura Lindstedt, one of Finland’s most acclaimed contemporary fiction authors. Oneiron combines site-specific performance art, a walk-through radio play, a virtuosic stage-based ensemble dance piece and communal dinner into a single evening-length experience that explores the world of the novel from multiple viewpoints, taking the audience on a stunningly physical multisensory journey.
“The dance work Oneiron is, in a word, breathtaking, with neither too much nor too little of anything. It is a contemporary dance work crafted with exceptional skill, a requiem for six dancers. In Raekallio’s Oneiron, words become flesh, and the women’s stories are transformed into explosive dances that transgress the expected limits of mind and movement.”
“Raekallio’s work demands all from its dancers. Virtuosity is a pale word to describe the level of this ensemble. The present-in-the-moment, partly improvisatory choreography demands superpowers of muscles, joints, bones, nerves and the mind.”
“Death is the most inexplicable thing in life. This is the mystery that Valtteri Raekallio’s Oneiron succeeded in illuminating, in a way that is simultaneously fragile and secure. At the same time, this work raises the bar of Finnish contemporary dance, for others to follow.”
Artistic concept and realization: Valtteri Raekallio
Choreography: Valtteri Raekallio and the dancers
Dancers: Jonna Aaltonen, Krista-Julia Arppo,
Annamari Keskinen, Mirva Mäkinen,
Eero Vesterinen and Valtteri Raekallio
Text: Laura Lindstedt
Lighting design: Jukka Huitila
Set design: Aino Koski & Virpi Nieminen
Sound design of the radio play: Aki Päivärinne
Additional sound design: Atte Kantonen ja Tuomas Norvio
Videomaterial: Thomas Freundlich
Production coordinator: Riikka Laurilehto
Production intern: Saara Sorvali
Executive producer: Valtteri Raekallio
Production: Raekallio Corp. / Pohjoinen liike ry
Published in North America, Great Britain and Australia by Oneworld Publications, 2018.
Original text copyright © Laura Lindstedt, 2015. English translation copyright © Owen Witesman, 2018.
English edition published by agreement with Laura Lindstedt and Elina Ahlback Literary Agency, Helsinki, Finland.