Postmodern Dance in Finland? Vol 2

Event at Stoa


In 2016, choreographer Liisa Pentti celebrated 30 years as an artist. The theme of the centenary year was postmodern dance - that elusive and broad concept that is also heavily laden with values. Through performances, events and debates organised by Liisa Pentti + Co, it provided an overview of the dance influences and currents of the 1980s and the legacy of postmodern dance in the present. This event was a continuation of the first Postmodern Dance in Finland? event organised in Helsinki's Suvilahti in spring 2016, where contemporary artists Kirsi Monni, Annika Tudeer, Jaana Irmeli Turunen and Soili Hämäläinen, invited by Liisa Pentti, met younger generation artists in performances, lectures and discussions.

Postmodern dance in Finland? VOL 2 was organised in collaboration with Stoa. This time, it was the turn of 1980s dance influencers Liisa Pentti, Riitta Pasanen-Willberg, Paula Tuovinen and Soile Lahdenperä.


FRI 2.12.2016

Paula Tuovinen's reflections on her journey towards postmodern dance in Finland. Younger generation choreographer Janina Rajakangas interviews Paula Tuovinen.

Liisa Pentti: WDMSNLCA - Why Does My Sister Not Like Contemporary Art?
A small-scale salon performance whose sinking sofa cushions reflect the nature and position of contemporary art in a culture where markets and art embrace each other. The performers are Liisa Pentti and Riikka Theresa Innanen.

Sat 3.12.2016
Hilde Rustad's lecture Traces of Duchmap in postmodern dance (improvisation) (Stoa club space)
Hilde Rustad will discuss postmodern dance improvisation as a tradition, and focus on how postmodern dance can be understood in relationship to the work of Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968). Hilde Rustad is a researcher and a freelance dance artist who performs and teaches in Norway and abroad.

Riitta Pasanen-Willberg: Kaksi tapaa kulkea maailmassa.
After the performance, Janina Rajakangas will interview Riitta Pasanen-Willberg in the Stoa café.

Liisa Pentti: WDMSNLCA - Why Does My Sister Not Like Contemporary Art?

Thu 8.12.2016

Soile Lahdenperä: KIERTO.
In the process, students are challenged to create movement-based choreographic work. The focus is on finding rhythmic connection as well as identifying one's own personal movement and strengths. Akim Bakhtaoui, Nooa Kekoni, Suvi Kelloniemi, Siiri Kortelainen, Iiris Laakso, Elisa Lejeune, Janna Loukas, Kalle Lähde, Verna Nordlund, Jessica Piasecki, Sofia Raittinen, Kardo Shiwan, Sonja Simojoki, Veera Snellman.

After the performance, Anna Torkkel will interview Soile Lahdenperä.

Liisa Pentti: The Sinkinf of the Titanic.
Dance: Meeri Altmets, Janne Aspvik, Sara Soulié, Johanna Ikola, Andrius Katinas, Carita Lähteenmäki and Nina Viitamäki.

After the performance there will be a public discussion

Fri 9.12.2016

Soile Lahdenperä: KIERTO

Sat 10.12.2016

Kanchoring singing, playing and dancing in the postmodern spirit. The Postmodern Dance in Finland? event culminates in a festive performance with a touch of humour, bringing together artists who have worked with Liisa Pentti over the years. Featuring Rea-Liina Brunou, Nina Viitamäki, Giorgio Convertito, Andrius Katinas, Kimmo Alakunnas, Leila Kourkia, Sara Soulié, Riina Huhtanen, Jouni Tauriainen, Meri Ekola, Paul Pignon and others...

Photos by Tero Hytönen, Esko Koivisto

Production: Zodiak – Uuden tanssin keskus, tanssiryhmä Liisa Pentti +Co