Milla Koistinen: One Next To Me

Performed by a cast of different ages, One Next To Me deals with the relationship between tenderness and violence and how these opposing states and feelings manifest in our bodies, movement and the interaction with other people.

“People are mostly layers of violence and tenderness wrapped like bulbs, and it is difficult to say what makes them onions or hyacinths.” – Eudora Welty

“One Next To Me” focuses on the relation and proximity between tenderness and violence. The creation is a study about these states; the shift from one to another, their manifestation in our movements and the transmission of tenderness and violence from one body to the other. It examines the choice between the two states and what steers us in making these decisions.

The project investigates the contagiousness of physical behaviour. It outlines questions of resistance and subordination while attempting to bring to the forefront an inside view of what happens when we interact with other people. The team will explore how actions taken by an individual are embodied when supported by a larger group.

“One Next To Me” will be performed by 9 professional dancers and 6-10 non-professionals. The performers are a mixed group of children, teenagers, adults and elderly people.

The creation is another collaboration with visual artist Ladislav Zajac and composer Paul Valikoski after the solo work “On a Clear Day” in the spring 2017.

Concept and choreography: Milla Koistinen

Creation and performance: Fanny Didelot, Elton Petri, Nathalie Baert, Àngel Duran Muntada as the core team and María Casares González, Laureline Mejean, Camilo Mejía Cortés, Soul Roberts and Erik Elizondo as the cast in Berlin and in Salzburg. The cast in Finland and in other locations to be confirmed.

6-10 non-professionals from each venue

Music: Paul Valikoski

Set and light design: Ladislav Zajac

Dramaturgy: Synne Behrndt

Costume: Lee Méir, Judith Förster

Production management: Jana Lüthje (M.i.C.A. – Movement in Contemporary Art)

Production assistant: Emilia Oebel

Premiere 17.01.2019 in Uferstudios Berlin.

Further performances: 18.-20.01.2019 in Uferstudios Berlin, 13.-14.02.2019 in ARGE Kultur in Salzburg and a tour in Finland in May 2019. Exact locations and dates to be confirmed.

One Next To Me is produced by Milla Koistinen. Funded by Hauptstadkulturfonds Berlin, Kone Foundation, STADT:SALZBURG Magistrat, Kultur, Bildung und Wissen Land Salzburg, Abteilung Kultur, Bildung und Gesellschaft, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation. Partners: 4.15 Performance Platform, Dance Theatre Minimi, Off/Balance



Ladislav Zajac


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