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Enginn hittir einhvern (2016)

cho­reo­grap­hy for a play by Peter asmussen

No-one meets someone by Peter Asmussen (org. title in Danish Ingen Møder Nogen) is an intense chamber play which brings us deep under the skin of two passionate and longing people; trapped as they are in the patterns and delusions of a relationship.


”No-one meets someone is a powerful, passionate and uncompromising play. Peter Asmussen is a language equilibrist who takes us on a beautiful and highly unsettling journey to the uncanny. In sixteen short scenes carried out with equally humorous, poetic and brutal encounters Asmussen investigates the relationship of A Man and A Woman who fight to maintain compassion, dignity and identity, when communication has lost its means. Apparently we meet two perfectly normal creatures. Nice, civilised citizens who are being confronted with five recognisable situations in any relationship; meetings, waiting, deceit, loneliness and endings. Asmussen uses language as a scalpel and he dissects highly complex and eternally crucial questions of existence and thus the damned notion of death.” 

Mads Thygesen, Simon Boberg & Mia Lipschitz


Skript: Peter Asmussen
Translation: Jón Atli Jónasson
Director: Simon Boberg
Actors: María Ellingsen and Björn Ingi Hilmarsson
Choreographer: Raisa Foster
Music composer: Andreas Ljones
Set design: Snorri Freyr Hilmarsson
Lighting design: Björn Bergsteinn Guðmundsson


Premier 11.3.2016 Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland
3.9. 2016 Nordic House, Torshavn, Faroe Islands
2.10.2016 City theatre, Akureyri, Iceland


“This production about the meeting between a man and a woman is extremly well structured, the body’s speak in an effortless movement pattern or a web that the Finn Raisa Foster has spun." The Nordic production of “Ingen moder Nogen “ becomes a light in the dark…” – María Kristjánsdóttir RUV

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Katiska (2008)

dance theatre work with young men

2008

dance theatre work on stage

Duration 60 min


Katiska is a performance that combines dance and music. The created work is a collaboration of animateur/director Raisa Foster, composer Maija Koskenalusta and originally six 15-18 year old young men (Mikael Hautala, Rasmus Järvenpää, Valtteri Lahti, Aimo Laitamo, Lauri Mäkinen, Jere Riihinen). Before this project, the boys had not done dancing or theatre. The lighting is designed by Jere Mönkkönen and the video animations by Antti Kuosmanen.


Katiska’s first performance season in 2008 was already a big success. It made people cry and laugh – it awaked many kinds of strong feelings in both young and adult audience. The performance does not have a clear plot. Instead, through song and movement, it handles different kinds of themes that are related to the life of young men. The performers of Katiska have been thanked especially their strong stage presence. Even though Katiska is carried out with amateur performers, its high artistic standard has amazed many dance and theatre professionals. 


Language: originally Finnish, can be performed in English


Premier 8.5.2008 Hällä-stage, Tampere, Finland
10.8.2008 Tampere
28.11.2008 Tampere
6.-8.4.2009 Tampere
14.5.2009 Feldkirch, Austria
22.-23.5.2009 Arnhem, The Netherlands
16.6.2009 Kuopio
18.9.2009 Bremen, Germany
6.-7.10.2009 Espoo
9.10.2009 Helsinki
4.-5.11.2009 Salo
10.11.2009 Odense, Denmark
29.8.2010 Tampere
29.4.2011 Joensuu
13.-15.3.2014 Tampere
6.5.2014 Helsinki
6.3.2015 Kangasala

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ket­ju­reak­tio (2012)

poetic, physical, and visual per­for­mance

2012

performance on stage

Duration 45 min


Ketjureaktio (engl. chain reaction) is a solo performance directed by Raisa Foster and performed by Timo Olavi Karvonen. The poetic performance combines physical and visual theatre. Along with movement explorations Katri Schadewitz’s poems give a starting point for the performance. Lighting is designed by Jere Mönkkönen.


The performance does not have a clear plot, but it is a montage of strong but at the same time delicate portrayal of the search of oneself. Who am I? Which one is my reflection?


The poetic performance explores and expresses the experiences of loneliness and alterity. The physical expression draws the individual experiences together, forming a map of universal perceptions and affections. Perhaps the random acts start to form a coherent story – my story. What is supporting me?


Language: originally Finnish, can be performed in English

Premier 17.12.2012, TV-studio, Mikkeli, Finland
9.11.2013 Valvesali, Oulu
29.11.2013 Artium-sali, Mikkeli
8.12.2013 Teatteri Satama, Joensuu
13.-15.3.2014 Demoteatteri, Tutkivan teatterityön keskus, Tampere
6.3.2015 Kangasala-talo


DIRECTOR
Raisa Foster
PERFORMER
Timo Olavi Karvonen
LIGHTING DESIGNER
Jere Mönkkönen

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Monopeli (2010)

per­for­mance combining physical theatre and visual art

2010

performance on stage

Duration 60 minutes


Monopeli explores stereotypes through body and movement practice. The work is created in collaboration with a Finnish performance artist and clown Mona Ratalahti, visual artist Tiitu Takalo and lighting designer Jere Mönkkönen. The aim of the work is not only to investigate critically people’s roles but also to attract new audiences to watch dance works and therefore also challenge the viewer to reflect the preconceptions on gender roles that are taken as natural in our society.


Monopeli is at the same time humorous entertainment but also serious with its political goals. It can offer everyone ideological challenges and a safe but powerful forum to address and handle people’s own feelings and thoughts.


The society provides constant feedback to an individual whether his/her being and acting meets the accepted gender criterion. Men, women, girls and boys are expected to act according to their gender. Masculinity and femininity occurs, for example in gestures, clothing styles, speech patterns, and walking, standing and sitting techniques. This is why dance as a physical practice is the ideal way to investigate masculinity and femininity, but also other dualisms typical for Western thought. Body and movement techniques can be used to open up the unconscious layers of the self and reveal the identity construction. The work is intended to examine the gender role stereotypes, the preconceptions of masculinity and femininity, but also the challenges between cultures and generations; how roles are presented in their extremes but also searching the terrain between. The work also asks what constitutes a good life.


Premier 12.11.2010 Demoteatteri, Tutkivan teatterityön keskus

1. season: 12.–14.11., 22.–26.11.2010

2. season: 24.–28.1.2011 


DIRECTOR
Raisa Foster
PERFORMER
Mona Ratalahti
VISUAL ARTIST
Tiitu Takalo
LIGHTING DESIGNER
Jere Mökkönen

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