FULL PERFORMANCE: Oneiron
-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."
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
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.