Susanna Leinonen Company: Nasty

Contemporary dance

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 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.

Choreography: Susanna Leinonen
Music: Arvo Pärt, Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhansson, Hildur Gudnadóttir & Robert Aiki Aubrey, Teemu Korpipää
Sound design: Teemu Korpipää
Costumes: Sari Nuttunen
Lighting design: Harri Peltonen
Video projections: Ville Seppänen
Dancers: Emmi Hakala, Camilla Keihäs, Elina Lindfors, Tatiana Urteva and Elisa Tuovila

PLEASE BE ADVICED! This production contains: strobe lighting effects, sudden loud noises and strong imagery. Some scenes may trigger an adverse reaction. Not suitable for children.


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