Another premiere approaching on Saturday October 8th in K&C Kekäläinen & Company!
Since March I’ve been working on Dancer-Choreographer Sanna Kekäläinen‘s new piece HAFED COLLAGE OF DIFFERENCES AND FRAGILITY as a performer. Compared to the previous collaboration in 2014, PRIVATE – Narcissism Remix, when there were only the two of us on stage, this time I share it with five awesome dancers; Jonna Eiskonen, Maija Karhunen, Andrius Katinas, Satu Rekola and Sanna herself.
Working with them is a pleasure.
Hafed is a name of a longtime friend of Sanna’s. He was born in Algeria and lives paperless in Paris. We are trying to fathom Hafed’s corporeality. In my words, we are showing what’s it like to be an alien, how it feels to be completely cut off from society and yet live in a society.
Sanna writes: “When I was working on this piece, I realized it was impossible to make a representation of Hafed’s life, because the reality he lives in is so strange and composed of such mutually contradicting elements that it can’t be captured in a sole representation. That is the reason this stage reality is a collage on one hand of differences, on the other of fragility that connects people.”
The rehearsal period has been based on two set of questions and we work with them in the performance. We ask these questions with our bodies, hearts, minds and with our senses, and sometimes in contact with each other. There are answers too, fleeting answers that are constantly replaced by the questions and new answers. Who and where am I? How do I perceive my body and my sexuality? These are the questions… and the rest? Well, like Sanna says, otherwise you are free to do whatever.
Compared to PRIVATE there are less restrictions and more freedom in the task. I find it tremendous. It is at times overwhelming but mostly concentrating to the questions makes me loose myself and fly. That is the meaning of it all, to make us all present in the most acute, private way on stage.
Performances from 8th to 29th of October at Physical Art Theatre, Cable Factory Tallberginkatu 1 C, 4th floor. Check the specifics from K&C Kekäkäinen & Company.
Warm thanks to Samuel Huber Art Foundation for supporting me in this project.
With Andrius. Photo: Lilja Lehmuskallio