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Oneiron / Raekallio Corp. / Photo: Valtteri Raekallio

TRAILER: Oneiron


Oneiron / Raekallio Corp. / Photo: Stefan Bremer
Oneiron / Raekallio Corp. / Photo: Stefan Bremer
Oneiron / Raekallio Corp. / Photo: Stefan Bremer

Oneiron (2018)

-Valtteri Raekallio's physical theatre of the mind based on the Finlandia Award winning novel by Laura Lindstedt

A breathtaking physical requiem for six dancers that takes the viewer on a shared, communal journey to face our smallest common denominator – death itself.

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.


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 breathtakingly 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. 

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."

-Raisa Rauhamaa

Read the full review of Oneiron in Teatteri & Tanssi (Theatre & Dance magazine), Helsinki, Finland, January 2018

Oneiron was selected to the ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform in Reykjavik 2018.


An experience that demands action: Valtteri Raekallio adapts his Oneiron to Iceland.


Premiere 18.1.2018 at Cirko, Helsinki, Finland

Artistic direction and realization: Valtteri Raekallio

Choreography: Dancers under direction of Valtteri Raekallio Dancers: Jonna Aaltonen, Krista-Julia Arppo, 

Annamari Keskinen, Mirva Mäkinen, 

Eero Vesterinen & Valtteri Raekallio

Text: Laura Lindstedt

English narration: Sanna-June Hyde 

Lighting design: Jukka Huitila

Stage technician: Lauri Lundahl

Set design: Aino Koski & Virpi Nieminen

Sound design for radio play: Aki Päivärinne

Assistant sound designers: Atte Kantonen & Tuomas Norvio

Production coordinator: Riikka Laurilehto

Production assistant: Saara Sorvali

Executive producer: Valtteri Raekallio

Production: Raekallio Corp. / Northern Movement

Realized with the support of: Arts Promotion Centre FinlandKone Foundation, ​Finnish Cultural Foundation, City of Helsinki Cultural Office

LAURA LINDSTEDT (b. 1976) is a writer interested in the possibilities of prose literature. Her adoption-themed first novel Scissors (Teos publishing) was nominated for the Finlandia Prize, Finland’s most prestigious literary honour. in 2007. Lindstedt’s 2015 novel Oneiron has continued Lindstedt’s critical success, winning the 2015 Finlandia Prize as well as nominations for several other literary awards in Finland and internationally. Translation rights to the book have been sold to 12 countries to date (Elina Ahlbäck Agency).



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.

Oneiron / Raekallio Corp. / Photo: Stefan Bremer
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