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Odd Meters

Choreographer Niemistö, Mikko
First Performance 2.9.2020
Finnish premiere 2.9.2020
Style Contemporary Dance
Duration (min) 55
Lighting Designer Teo Lanerva
Sound designer Johannes Vartola, Mikko Niemistö
Music composed for the work Johannes Vartola
Description Odd Meters by choreographer/performer Mikko Niemistö is a frenzied dance that bounces between rhythms in an attempt to reconstruct itself from fragments of dreams, time and the body. It works with rhythms found in the moment that overlap, argue and shake the flesh.

Odd Meters* by Mikko Niemistö is based on the dreams he saw at the Bjällansås farm in Uddevalla, Sweden in summer 2018 while in residency there: the intertwined layers of natural cycles, dancing, and 4G connectivity to newsfeeds and entertainment, seeped into his night-time reality.

Odd Meters explores a human body that is alienated from itself and its environment; it is lost in obsessive dreams, adventure fantasies of the digital realm and the polyrhythmic labyrinth of an illogical relationship with nature. In this intersection the chronic insomnia of a thoroughly technologized era collides with its own impossibility.

The work desires to bring the experience of the dream to public circulation while working from a non-linear understanding of time. The performer is wide awake but simultaneously channelling unfiltered impulses swelling from the memories of REM dreams – fragments of stories where the narrator is not in control of the narrative.

*Odd Meters is a musical term used to describe untypical time signatures.
Companies Zodiak - The Center for New Dance
Dancers Niemistö, Mikko (2020)