Contemporary dance

Evening consist of two performances when the co-production of Tsuumi Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre Minimi and Kuopio City Theatre DANCE PROHIBITION and MARTAT by Riikka Puumalainen and Anne-Mari Kivimäki arrive in Oulu to visit.


A performance about the culture of prohibition and a manifesto on the right of the people to dance free when, where and how hey want.

By a decision of the Ministry of the Interior, Finland was banned from dancing at public events in December 1939. It was feared to degrade morale, lower the will to fight and increase the use of intoxicants. However, dancing could not be prevented and the best celebrations sank underground, out of sight of the authorities.

Behind the darkened windows, there was sweating as the music raged, dancers ready to escape with the gramophone in the armpit. The police were allowed to use force if necessary. History knows of two cases in which a bullet hit fatally a fleeing dancer.

We are still being surveilled. Who is accepted to enter, what is allowed and when the party should end… Therefore, the underground is alive and kicking.

If Dancing is a crime, we can be arrested. These are the best celebrations of the century, everyone is welcome!

Directing: Antti Lahti | Script and choreography: Antti Lahti and working group | Sound design: Antti Puumalainen | Costume design: Taina Natunen | Set design: Sari Paljakka | Lighting design: Juho Itkonen | Performers: Reetta-Kaisa Iles, Tuomas Juntunen, Sampo Kerola, Salla Korja-Paloniemi, Riikka Puumalainen, Anni Horsmanheimo, Mika Juusela, Virva Torkko | Production: Tsuumi Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre Minimi and Kuopio City Theatre

Riikka Puumalainen: MARTAT

MARTAT is a dance piece for two performers, a dancer and a musician. The work seeks to physicalize the mental landscapes of those who have left their homes or homelands due to wars or persecution. At the same time, the work is a comment against racist and immigration-critical attitudes in our society.

The work, which draws on the theme of movement, is inspired by Riikka Puumainen’s grandmother Martta Puumalainen’s studies at the Suistamo seminar in 1921 and Puumainen’s grandmother Martta Haakana’s experiences as a migrant Karelian.

Performers: Riikka Puumalainen and Anne-Mari Kivimäki | Choreography: Riikka Puumalainen | Music: Anne-Mari Kivimäki | Director: Tanjalotta Räikkä | Scenography: Jaana Kurttila |Sound design: Antti Puumalainen | Photos, teasers, trailers: Kim Saarinen | Production: Tsuumi Dance Theatre and Martat working group

Duration of the evening is approx 2,5 hours, including two intermissions.

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Petra Tiihonen | Kim Saarinen


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