Shared Space and Things We Need

Photo: Pietari Purovaara



Each era has its own fateful question.

In our time this question arises from the climate crisis, mass extinction and the violence that characterizes our age.

Therefore we should expect from the performing arts new principles arising from this question. This work suggests sharing and hospitality as such.
The concept Open Score is a method and technique developed by director Sanna Kekäläinen, which opens up the withdrawn and enclosed form and meaning of a conventional performance. Open Score does not define the form of the work conclusively, but allows it to live and transform into different
situations, places and spaces and ways of thinking. This adaptation also strongly implies the content of the work; the aim is not to close the circle but to open it and thus create a wide existence, new forms and possibilities for the work.

In this work the shared space also extends to materials, their organocenic quality and taking care of them.

The ways of being and expression in the work ask what is sharing and what is hospitality and also what are sharing and hospitality in performing arts. Space and experience are shared in the same way as the world is shared and common.

Script, direction and choreography, space Sanna Kekäläinen

Performers and co-operation
Sanna Kekäläinen
Leila Kourkia
Lara Müller
Jaakko Kulomaa
Johanna Rantanen

Objects (excepts bags and tarpaulins) nabbteeri & Riikka Keränen

Sound design Jaakko Kulomaa

Light design Lauri Sirén

Premiere Wed 27th of September 2023, 19:00
Fri 29th of September, 19:00
Sat 30th of September 15:00

Tue 3rd of Oct at 19:00
Wed 4th of Oct at 19:00
Fri 6th of Oct at 19:00
Sat 7th of Oct at 15:00

Venue KokoTeatteri, Hämeentie 3, Helsinki

Production Kekäläinen & Company, KokoTeatteri

The work will be performed in a modified version for young audiences at  Annantalo Arts Centre 18.-21.10.2023.


Photo: Janne Nabb






“There are no clear answers to the burning questions of our time. The only impressive thing is the act: Shared Space And Things We Need opens up to the world in so many ways that it is itself the answer. It’s as if movement and sound would strip away everything irrelevant, and only the bare, primitive needs would remain.

The vibration is constantly accompanied by the gestures of ironing, cooking, carding wool, maintenance and cleaning. The longing for connection and care that shakes the entire human existence is also fulfilled.

The presentation asks: what is hospitality and sharing? The precision and sensitivity of the performers’ gestures are in a class of their own, and they catch the viewer’s eye as well.

Just as if the dance work could return to the viewers’ bodies information about the necessity of nurturing relationships in a harsh, violent world living in the midst of species loss and climate catastrophe.”

– Maria Säkö, Helsingin Sanomat 28.9.2023