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Choreographer Leinonen, Susanna
First Performance 7.9.2018
Place of First Performance Stoa, Helsinki
Finnish premiere 7.9.2018
Place of Premiere Stoa, Helsinki
Style Contemporary Dance
Duration (min) 65
Costume designer Sari Nuttunen
Lighting Designer Teemu Korpipää
Sound designer Teemu Korpipää
Performers of the premiere Tiia Huuskonen, Elina Häyrynen, Natasha Lommi, Elisa Tuovila, Erika Vilander
Music composed for the work Teemu Korpipää
Description Nasty is a strikingly topical work that centers on the expectations, limitations and attacks targeted at our bodies. The piece presents an unvarnished vision of our world, where evil hides in the structures of the society but also in ourselves: we pass along the injustice and cruelty we have experienced.

Susanna Leinonen Company’s works are known for their extremely skillful and demanding movement. This time choreographer Susanna Leinonen and her ensemble have chosen to examine our bodily limits , as well as how constantly being looked at and under conflicting demands and expectations shape the female body and experience. In the center of the work are dancers and their bodies as tools of artistic work. In Nasty, the highly trained physique becomes a machine that stretches, bends and creaks to fulfill its full potential. But the question remains: who gets to define that potential?

Leinonen’s choreography doesn’t revel in violence and corporality, but rather spells out the everyday viciousness we direct at ourselves and at others. Harsh words take their place on the surfaces of the space and on the skin of the dancers as an unstoppable stream of information and opinions. Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s delicate and expressive music contrast and completes this stark vision the world.

Companies Susanna Leinonen Company
Dancers Huuskonen, Tiia (2018)
Häyrynen, Elina (2018)
Lommi, Natasha (2018)
Tuovila, Elisa (2018)
Vilander, Erika (2018)