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Ref2020 premieres at Liisa Pentti +Co Studio

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 Liisa Pentti +Co: Ref2020

Premiere: 14.10.2020 at 19, Liisa Pentti +Co Studio, Bulevardi 31, 00180 Helsinki
Other performances: 17.10. at 19 | 18.10. at 15 | 21.10. at 19 | 24.10. at 19 | 28.10. at 19 | 31.10. at 15 | 18.11. at 19 | 21.11. at 19 | 22.11. at 15 | 25.11. at 19 | 28.11. at 19 | 29.11. at 15
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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: Meeri Lempiäinen, Corinne Mustonen, Pinja Poropudas, Satu Rekola, Kardo Shiwan and Katri Soini
Understudy: Ronja Syvälahti
Sound design: Jouni Tauriainen
Lighting design: Ina Niemelä
Costume design: Tua Helve
Artistic advisor: Pia Lindy
Producer: Inari Pesonen
Production: Liisa Pentti +Co
Supported by: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, the City of Helsinki and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Photo: Liisa Pentti

Ref2020

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Ref2020

Premiere: 14.10.2020 at 19, Liisa Pentti +Co Studio, Bulevardi 31, 00180 Helsinki
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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: Meeri Lempiäinen, Corinne Mustonen, Pinja Poropudas, Satu Rekola, Kardo Shiwan and Katri Soini
Understudy: Ronja Syvälahti
Sound design: Jouni Tauriainen
Lighting design: Ina Niemelä
Costume design: Tua Helve
Artistic advisor: Pia Lindy
Producer: Inari Pesonen
Production: Liisa Pentti +Co
Supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland, the City of Helsinki and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Post-performance discussions will be held after the 28.10. and 22.11. performances.

In the performance the audience members will be seated so that they can maintain a safe distance from each other. Hand sanitizer and face masks will be available at the venue. Thank you for not attending the performance if you have any kind of respiratory symptoms. In this case please contact info@liisapentti.com and we will do our best to exchange your tickets for another evening free of charge.

Ref2020-teoksen innoittaja on Brian Enon 58 minuutin pituinen sävellys Reflection. Kuuden tanssijan kanssa luotu teos ehdottaa nykytanssin ja Enon musiikin uudenlaisia yhteyksiä, joissa meditatiivinen musiikki synnyttää laulua ja liikkeellistä historiallisuutta.

Tanssijat muovaavat mikroskooppisella tarkkuudella alati ja jatkuvasti uudelleen liikereittejään, havainnoiden liikkeen ja mielen välistä vuoropuhelua sekä tehden jatkuvia tilallis-ajoituksellisia valintoja. Rikas ja arvaamaton liikekieli toimii ajoittain kontrapunktina äänimaisemalle tai omalakisesti, vailla ensisijaista suhdetta musiikkiin.

Ref2020 on kevytkenkäinen tanssiteos synkkinä aikoina. Musiikki ja tanssi avaavat maiseman, jonka sisällä katsoja voi sallia itselleen kokemuksen leijumisesta, ajattomuudesta ja unesta, joka muistuttaa satunnaisesti menneisyydestä, jota ei kenties koskaan ollut.

Bulevardi 31:ssä sijaitseva studiotila vuonna 1899 rakennetussa entisen Teknillisen korkeakoulun kemian laboratoriossa antaa teokselle puitteet, joissa niin jaettu kuin yksityinenkin kokemus tulee näkyväksi tanssijoissa ja tilassa syntyvien alkemististen muodonmuutosten kautta.

Koreografi ja ohjaaja: Liisa Pentti
Esiintyjät: Meeri Lempiäinen, Corinne Mustonen, Pinja Poropudas, Satu Rekola, Kardo Shiwan ja Katri Soini
Understudy: Ronja Syvälahti
Äänisuunnittelu: Jouni Tauriainen
Valosuunnittelu: Ina Niemelä
Pukusuunnittelu: Tua Helve
Taiteellinen neuvonantaja: Pia Lindy
Tuottaja: Inari Pesonen
Tuotanto: Liisa Pentti +Co
Tukijat: Taiteen edistämiskeskus, Helsingin kaupunki, Suomen Kulttuurirahasto

Yleisökeskustelutilaisuudet pidetään esityksen jälkeen 28.10. ja 22.11.

Noudatamme esityksissä suositusta yleisön turvaväleistä. Tilassa on tarjolla käsidesiä ja kasvomaskeja. Tulethan esitykseen vain terveenä. Jos sinulla on minkäänlaisia hengitystieoireita niin otathan yhteyden osoitteeseen info@liisapentti.com niin pyrimme vaihtamaan lippusi toiselle illalle.

Open rehearsal for the upcoming work Ref.2020 at Maunula House

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Liisa Pentti +Co is hosting an open rehearsal for the upcoming work Ref.2020 at Maunula House, Helsinki, on 28th August at 1 pm. In the event you will get know the working group and see some of the exercises used in the process of the work as well as see a preview of the new work. The event is free of charge and open for all.

Ref.2020 will premiere 14.10.2020 at Liisa Pentti +Co Studio at Bulevardi.

Photo: Iina Terho

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Cloudbody – an ecology of dreams #2 premieres at Mad House Helsinki

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Cloudbody – an ecology of dreams #2

Premiere: Tuesday 9 June 2020 at 18:00, Mad House Helsinki
Other performances: 
10 June, 2020 18:00
12 June, 2020 20:00
13 June, 2020 20:00
14 June, 2020 18:00
16 June, 2020 18:00
17 June, 2020 18:00
18 June, 2020 18:00
Post-performance discussion will be held on 17th June and is led by Annika Tudeer.

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Cloudbody – an ecology of dreams #2 is the second part of Liisa Pentti‘s solo work series, continuing the exploration initiated in The Body (2017) about meanings of the body, signifying and bodily metamorphoses. Cloudbody is a dialogue that happens in the space between the poetic body and the viewers as well as a corporeal practice. Through dance, sound and videos the work shows us images of identity transformations, layers and recollections, life after death. Images of blind stories and things that cannot be named that arise in the moment of disintegration. Images of the space that is born when the world stops.

Photo: Saara Autere
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Liisa Pentti workshop in Helsinki CANCELLED

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Unfortunately this workshop is cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation at the moment. We are looking to reschedule the workshop as soon as possible when it is safe to do so.

Liisa Pentti workshop 3.-4.4.

Choreographer and artistic director Liisa Pentti leads a two-day movement workshop 3.-4.4. at Liisa Pentti +Co Studio in Helsinki.

The workshop is based on the following questions: can we create movement that does not submit to the meanings of language and cultural images but trusts its own existence? How does the bodily knowledge in the borders of consciousness create new meanings? What is the relationship between language and meaning? How do we dance to music and how does the dancing language position itself inside music?

The rawness of our body holds a vast amount of kinesthetic information, experience and learned patterns. It also holds the elusive and indescribable self, constantly changing and transforming. The workshop will concentrate on these themes and the kinesthetic shapes arising from them. We will work with questions and states that arise from the process of movement creation.

Liisa Pentti has worked extensively with meanings that combine dance and language. She has used spoken and written text in many of her works, amongst others Hauraat silmät –  Fragile eyes (2019), Why Does My Sister Not Like Contemporary Art (2014) and Mabel – The Queen of Bones (2008).

The workshop is open to dance and theatre professionals and students as well as everyone interested in the possibilities of movement.

Time: Friday 3.4. at 17.30-20 and Saturday 4.4. at 10-14
Location: Liisa Pentti +Co Studio, Bulevardi 31, 00180 Helsinki.
Instructor: Liisa Pentti
Workshop languages: Finnish and English
Price: 65 €
Last day to cancel: 27.3.2019
Sign up for the workshop by 27.3. by sending an email to info@liisapentti.com

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Liisa Pentti ohjaa kahden päivän työpajan 3.-4.4. Liisa Pentti +Co:n studiolla Punavuoressa.

Työpaja pohjautuu seuraaville kysymyksille: Voimmeko luoda liikettä, joka on kielen, kulttuuristen kuvien ja niiden merkitysten ulkopuolella luottaen olemassaoloonsa? Miten tietoisuuden rajamailla oleva kehollinen tieto voi synnyttää uutta merkitystä? Mikä on kielen ja merkityksen suhde, miten tanssimme musiikkiin ja miten tanssiva kieli asettuu musiikin sisään?

Kehomme paljaus sisältää valtavan määrän liikkeellistä tietoa, kokemusta ja opittuja malleja. Se sisältää myös vaikeasti tavoitettavan ja kuvailtavan minuuden, joka on muuttuva ja muuntautuva. Työskentelemme näiden monimutkaisten kysymysten kautta nousevien liikkeellisten olomuotojen kanssa – sekä kysymysten ja olomuotojen kanssa, jotka nousevat esiin yhä uudestaan liikkeen luomisen prosesseissa.

Koreografi Liisa Pentti on työskennellyt pitkään tanssia ja kieltä yhdistävien merkitystenantojen parissa. Hän on käyttänyt puhuttua ja kirjoitettua tekstiä lukuisissa töissään, mm. Fragile Eyes – Hauraat silmät (2019), Why Does My Sister Not Like Contemporary Art (2014) ja Mabel – The Queen of Bones (2008).

Kurssi sopii tanssin, teatterin ja esitystaiteen ammattilaisille, opiskelijoille, edistyneille harrastajille sekä kaikille liikkeen mahdollisuuksista kiinnostuneille.

Aika: Perjantai 3.4. klo 17.30-20 ja lauantai 4.4. klo 10-14
Paikka: Liisa Pentti +Co:n studio, Bulevardi 31, 00180 Helsinki.
Ohjaaja: Liisa Pentti
Työpajan kielet: suomi ja englanti
Hinta: 65 €
Viimeinen peruutuspäivä: 27.3.2019
Ilmoittaudu kurssille 27.3. mennessä lähettämällä sähköpostia osoitteeseen info@liisapentti.com

Photo: Sanna Kaesmae

Open call: Liisa Pentti +Co Studio residency programme for summer 2020

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Open call: Liisa Pentti +Co Studio residency programme for summer 2020

Liisa Pentti +Co offers a residency programme in the company’s new studio in Helsinki for dance and performance artists and working groups working in Finland or abroad. The residency period is June-July 2020. The aim of the residency programme is to offer a peaceful working space for research or for working towards a future production. During the residency period it is possible to hold a work-in-progress performance or event at the studio.

We offer two 2-3 week residency periods from 22 June to 2 August. The area of the studio is 80 m² and the size of the sprung dance floor is 68 m². The height of the space is about 5,5 metres and the studio has windows on two sides. The facility has a grey vinyl marley flooring, adjustable fluorescent tube lighting and a sound system.

The application period for the residency opens on 1 April and ends on 24 April. The informal application must include contact information, a plan for the working period, desired period for the residency, CVs for as many members of the working group as possible and 1 to 2 video links to previous work. Send your application to info@liisapentti.com by 24 April. All applicants will be informed about the results via email by 4 May.

For more information about the residency programme contact Liisa Pentti at info@liisapentti.com or 050 582 4914.

New Liisa Pentti +Co Studio opens

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Liisa Pentti +Co’s new studio has opened its doors

Liisa Pentti +Co’s brand new rehearsal space is now open. The studio is located at Bulevardi, Helsinki, in the old Metropolia buildings right next to the Alexander Theatre. In addition to rehearsals the studio will host small-scale performances, events, courses and workshops. Liisa Pentti +Co also offers a summer residency programme for dance and performance artists in the studio in June-July 2020. Open call for the residency programme will be announced in the beginning of April 2020.

The area of the studio is 80 m² and the size of the sprung dance floor is 68 m². The height of the space is about 5,5 metres and the studio has windows on two sides. The facility has a grey and black vinyl marley flooring, adjustable fluorescent tube lighting and a sound system.

Anna Torkkel’s Grâce at Kutomo, Turku

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Liisa Pentti +Co’s co-production Grâce premiered on 13th February at Kiasma theatre, Helsinki. From 4th to 8th March the work will be performed at Kutomo, Turku.

Anna Torkkel’s and working group’s new piece Grâce intertwines dancing with music. The performance focuses on what dancing can hold within itself and reaches towards allowing. Grace (French grâce: mercy, fluent, allure) as a philosophical concept is freedom itself, and the essence of the piece. Grâce exists for the miracle of dance to happen.

Liisa Pentti will be performing in the work with Hanna Ahti, Mira Kautto and Masi Tiitta. The sound design is made by Biitsi. Kautto is also working as the choreographer’s assistant in the process. Costume design and the installation of Grâce are made by Piia Rinne, and light design and scenography by Kristian Palmu. The producer of the work is Riikka Thitz.

Performances at contemporary art space Kutomo: 4.3. at 7 pm | 6.3. at 7 pm | 8.3. at 5 pm

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