KATVE [blind spot]: BOTANICUM -futuristic vision
Botanicum moves between the dimensions of plants and humans, taking the audience to a mythical place, a kind of an intermediate space – the reality of human flora.
Botanicum is an imaginary place where absurd characters, human flora, live. These characters have legs that walk on earth and roots that move slowly, feeling their way through the deep dark of the soil. They speak a human language and interpret the vibrations of plants. They walk among us – under the hot moon and the cold sun.
The theme of the Botanicum contemporary dance piece centred around the relationship between humans and nature is topical and contains a multitude of viewpoints. The performance prompts us to look at the plant kingdom and feel it in our bodies – it puts focus on our meek and native companions who are often our oldest friends. The human body is inspired by the way plants occupy this earth, their rich visual nature and diversity, and their tendency to seek light along with the darkness of their roots.
Choreography, dance performance: Tanja Illukka, Heidi Masalin
Lighting and video design: Pekka Pitkänen
Sound design: Tuuli Kyttälä
Composers: Olli Havu, Tuuli Kyttälä
Costume design: Terttu Torkkola
Costumes: Elina Tuomisto
Box design and construction: Lotta Esko
Photos: Pasi Orrensalo, Pekka Pitkänen
Production: KATVE [blind spot] and Malmitalo
The work is supported by: the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Svenska Kulturfonden, Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike), the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, City of Helsinki and Vantaan Tanssiopisto.