Maiden of Finland is dead

We spent last week in Turku, on the western coast of Finland. Working with the local dancers from N0llapiste collective and the fantastic Janina Rajakangas, Kirsi Gum and Miki Brunou, a new project is under way. The working title "La Fin - Maiden of Finland is dead" refers to the female character that for decades has symbolized the country. Blond, serene, prudent and virtuous, the Maiden of Finland represented the desirable post-war qualities for the nation. The piece will be challenging the image of that maiden and questioning which characters are actually more true to the contemporary society.

The piece will premiere in a public space in the centre of Turku 5th January 2017. Below is a previz of the setup. Wear your woollies and come see the modern maidens!

La Fin visualisation

In residence

I spent last week in residency in Belgium, working on RRRRR, the latest work by Sonja Jokiniemi. It is a performance project looking into hallucinatory, delusional and derailed structures used as choreographic starting points.
The residency was in Stuk, Leuven, which is an amazing place to work. The freedom, trust and support that the team there bring makes your work a lot easier and you can focus on it fully. RRRRR progressed a long way there.

RRRRR is premiering in Bern Dampfzentrale 23 February 2016.

Image by Patrick de Rham ©Sonja Jokiniemi

Image by Patrick de Rham ©Sonja Jokiniemi

Image by Patrick de Rham ©Sonja Jokiniemi

Image by Patrick de Rham ©Sonja Jokiniemi

Image by Patrick de Rham ©Sonja Jokiniemi

The light of love

The summer is officially over; the temperature dropped overnight and it has been raining solidly for two days. Whilst saddening, it makes for the perfect conditions to return to the office work.

The production week is soon upon us so this week I'm preparing the lighting plot for Dinosaur, the dance duet about love by Janina Rajakangas Project. It is so good, true and funny depiction of the absurdity of love and relationships and I think everyone who's ever been to a relationship can relate to it. It is an interesting challenge to create the light of love.  
We're premiering in end of October at The Place in Euston, London and the tickets are on sale now.

Get your tickets here


DEMS Music video

We made a new music video for a track called Muscle Memory by London band Dems. I helped the amazing team with lighting of the shoot. Really honoured to get to work with these brilliant people.