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Ref2020 and afternoon of contemporary dance at Oodi on Oct 9–10

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Liisa Pentti + Co  brings Ref2020 to Maijansali at Oodi together with an afternoon of contemporary dance.

Ref2020 is performed on Saturday Oct 9 at 5pm.
The inspiration for the work Ref2020 has been Brian Eno’s 58-minute-long composition Reflection. The work, created with six dancers, suggests a new kind of connection between contemporary dance and Eno’s music where the meditative music creates singing and historicity of movement.
Free entry, seats can be pre-booked at the online box office.

On Sunday we explore the themes of the perfomance in an open workshop and discussion. This afternoon of contemporary dance takes place at 13.00–15.30. Free entry, no pre-registration.

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We follow the Covid-19 safety regulations at our events. Please attend the event only healthy and wear a face mask.

Photo: Sari Antikainen

Ref2020 and afternoon of contemporary dance at Oodi on 9–10 October

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Ref2020
Sat 9.10.2021 at 17
Oodi, Maijansali

Afternoon of contemporary dance
Sun 10.10.2021 at 13
Oodi, Maijansali

 

 

Ref2020 by Liisa Pentti +Co is performed at Maijansali at Oodi on Saturday October, 9, 2021 at 5 pm.  Free entry, you may reserve your seat in advance via our webshop.

On Sunday, October 10 at 13.00–15.30 we dive into the themes of the piece in an open workshop and discussion. Also this afternoon of contemporary dance is free of charge, no pre-registration.

We follow the Covid-19 safety regulations at our events. Please attend the event only healthy and wear a face mask.

Accessibility at Oodi: https://www.oodihelsinki.fi/en/accessibility/


The inspiration for the work Ref2020 has been Brian Eno’s 58-minute-long composition Reflection. The work, created with six dancers, suggests a new kind of connection between contemporary dance and Eno’s music where the meditative music creates singing and historicity of movement.

In every moment and continually, the dancers modify their movement paths with microscopic precision by observing the dialogue between movement and mind and by making constant choices about space and timing. The rich and unpredictable movement language acts at times as a counterpoint to the soundscape and sometimes independently, without a primary relationship to the music.

Ref2020 is a light work in dark times. The music and dance create a landscape inside which the viewer can allow him/herself to experience floating, timelessness and dreams that occasionally remind us about a past that perhaps never was.

Liisa Pentti +Co Studio is located at Bulevardi 31, in a former chemistry lab of the Helsinki University of Technology, built in 1899. This is the setting for the work where both the shared and the private becomes apparent through the alchemistic metamorphoses born in the dancers and in the space.

Choreography and direction: Liisa Pentti
Performers: Corinne Mustonen, Pinja Poropudas, Satu Rekola, Kardo Shiwan, Katri Soini and Ronja Syvälahti
Sound design: Jouni Tauriainen
Lighting design: Ina Niemelä
Costume design: Tua Helve
Artistic advisor: Pia Lindy
Production: Liisa Pentti +Co
Supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland, the City of Helsinki and the Finnish Cultural Foundation

Duration: ca. 70 min

Photos: Liisa Pentti

Two demo performances: Leila Kourkia & Liisa Pentti +Co

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Two work-in-progress performances at Liisa Pentti +Co Studio 11th and 12th June.

Leila Kourkia and Liisa Pentti +Co present a double-bill of work-in-progress performances on Friday 11.6. at 18 and Saturday 12.6. at 15. The double-bill is free of charge but we require signing up in advance to the address info@liisapentti.com.

We take a total of 8 audience member to one performance. The duration of the double-bill is about 1 hour. The audience is seated with a 2  meter safety distance. We recommend using face masks in the performance.

Performances:

Leila Kourkia: Harpyija
Liisa Pentti +Co: BWV 1043

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Two work-in-progress performances at Liisa Pentti +Co Studio 11th and 12th June.

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Leila Kourkia and Liisa Pentti +Co present a double-bill of work-in-progress performances on Friday 11.6. at 18 and Saturday 12.6. at 15. The double-bill is free of charge but we require signing up in advance to the address info@liisapentti.com.

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Liisa Pentti Masterclass 15.-16.5. live & online

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Liisa Pentti Masterclass in Turku 15.-16.5.

Saturday 15.5. at 11-13
Sunday 16.5 at 11-13
You can also participate online!
The course is free of charge.
Location: Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland studio, Turku
Sign up for the course: dansart.sihteeri@gmail.com

In the masterclass instructed by Liisa Pentti the focus is on exploring the connections between movement and imagination. The starting point is bodily sensations and awareness that create possibilities to develop your own dance methods. The course centers on curiosity-based solo work in a physically confined but mentally open space, through the possibilities opened by an online platform.

How to create a dance in any kind of space? How does somatic imagination and the activation of bodily alignments guide us to find new paths and movement-related insights? In addition to this we will surrender to music. The course is suitable for anyone interested in the collaboration of movement and mind.

This course is part of the programme of Bodybuilding 2021 festival. Bodybuilding festival is organised by TEHDAS Teatteri together with Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland and Turku Dansart.

Photo: Uupi Tirronen

Cloudbody #1 online performance at Bodybuilding festival

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Cloudbody #1 online performance 14.5. at 19

Liisa Pentti +Co’s somatic sound art work Cloudbody #1 is part of Bodybuilding festival 13.-16.5. Cloudbody #1 will be performed free online on Fri 14.5. at 19 and the recording will be available until the end of the festival.

Cloudbody – an ecology of dreams #1 is a choreography for text, voice and image. Memories and dreams merge forming a fabric where the viewer becomes an experiencer in this surrealistic dramaturgy that materializes the logic of dreams. The room-like space creates a setting for a somatic sound art work in which the different layers of memory form an ecology of dreams.

Bodybuilding festival is organised by TEHDAS Teatteri together with Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland and Turku Dansart.

Watch the performance here
Read the programme here
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Photos: Uupi Tirronen

Free online performance of Cloudbody #1 on 14.5. at 19

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Liisa Pentti +Co’s somatic sound art work Cloudbody #1 is part of Bodybuilding festival 13.-16.5. Cloudbody #1 will be performed online on Fri 14.5. at 19 and the recording will be available until the end of the festival.
Watch the performance here
Read the programme here

Photos: Uupi Tirronen

Application period for the Liisa Pentti +Co Studio summer residency opens in May

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Liisa Pentti +Co offers a residency programme in the company’s studio in Helsinki for dance and performance artists and working groups working in Finland or abroad. The residency period is June-July 2021 (and possibly also August – this will be communicated later). The aim of the residency programme is to offer a peaceful working space for research or for working towards a future production. We offer 1-2 week residency periods. The application period opens in May and more info about the application will follow soon.

Creating space for creativity – an online seminar about dance and movement work with neurodiverse and disabled groups

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Creating space for creativity – collaborative processes with neurodiverse and disabled groups

Online seminar about dance and movement work with neurodiverse and disabled groups
Saturday 27.2. at 15:30–18
Link to the seminar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89345165488
The seminar is free of charge and will be held in English
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In this seminar, four dance artists and pedagogues tell about their work with people with special needs and especially with people on the autism spectrum and with learning disabilities. Saša Asentić (DE/Ser), Trude Cone (USA/NL), Sally Davison (UK/FI) and Liisa Pentti (FI) are performance and dance artists who have an interest in opening up artistic practices and developing corporeal working methods together with different groups. Each speaker has a wide and diverse working history with neurodiverse and disabled participants.

Through what kind of means is it possible to encourage the process of agency, independency and creativity in a person with autism or learning difficulties through choreographic practices? How is corporeality present in the work and how do these processes support the everyday life of a person with these disabilities? Each of the four speakers present their experiences after which the participants have a chance to ask questions and discuss the topic. The seminar is facilitated by Head of Zodiak’s Engagement Katja Kirsi.

The seminar is organised by Liisa Pentti +Co, Zodiak – Center for New Dance and Goethe-Institut Finnland.

Speakers:

Saša Asentić is a choreographer, performance maker and cultural worker. Since 2007, his work has been presented internationally. Asentić is interested in exploring the relationship between the individual and society and analyzing it in terms of social choreography. His performances were selected for Tanzplattform Deutschland in 2016 and 2020, as well as his artistic research work for Tanzkongress 2019. He has taught as a guest professor or lecturer at different education institutions: Institute for Applied Theatre Studies (University of Giessen), The Centre for Contemporary Dance (University for Music and Dance Cologne), Akademie für kulturellen Bildung, and others. Asentić works in the field of contemporary dance, performance and disability arts.

Trude Cone lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands and has worked 40 years for the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK), most of the time as dance educator, the last 14 years as student coach for students with problems in study/work/life from all faculties studying at the AHK. She is a certified Body Mind Centering® Practitioner, Neuro Physiological Psychological (INPP) therapist, and Rhythmical Movement Consultant, specialized in early movement patterns and learning strategies and is a member of ISMETA and BMCA.

Sally Davison (UK/FI) is a movement activist dwelling in a forest in Espoo, Finland since 2003. Davison’s work is influenced and biased by the DanceAbility method and somatic movement practices to validate the agency of the body for every body. Her work is underpinned in supporting new narratives to emerge individually and collectively to destabilise ableism and normalcy in the dance field but also in the social and cultural sectors. Davison is chairperson of DanceAbility Finland, artistic director of Kaaos Company, curator of X Dance Festival, and a somatic movement educator working in the field of well-being.

Liisa Pentti is one of the key visionaries of the Finnish dance scene. She has worked intensively as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and curator since 1987. She is moving in a landscape where dance, performance and theatre are combined, and she is well known to question and explore the limits of performative expression. Pentti has a long career as a teacher in Finland and abroad, e.g. in Theatre Academy Helsinki, European Dance Development Center (EDDC) in Arnhem, Open University and Vasa Yrkeshögskola. She also has wide experience of working with non-professionals, for example healthcare workers, prisoners and people on the autism spectrum. Pentti was awarded the State Prize for the Performing Arts in November 2019 by Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the National Council for the Performing Arts.

The seminar relates to Liisa Pentti +Co’s live stream premiere Four x duet + 1 on Fri 26th February. The work premieres on Zodiak’s YouTube channel. The video will be available until March 5, 2021. Read more

Photos: Sari Antikainen, Tessa Posthuma de Boer, Aleksandar Ramadanovic

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