Speech & Spectacle

Speech & Spectacle | photo: Lilja Lehmuskallio


A few concepts, through which I think about representing gender on stage:
The locus: Where does the stage exist? How does the context affect performance and it’s reception? Right now the stage is in Finland, in a familiar culture.
The resources: What are the resources for realizing the performance? In what framework does the performance take place? What is its relationship to money and societal power?
Private or common discourse: Meanings are formed and received differently depending on whether the performance on stage is private or spectacular. That is why I divide art into two separate discourses, private and spectacle. The question is: how does the private combine meanings and how does the spectacle combine meanings? My stage is private.

The work consists of two parts and continues as their anarchic dialogue.
This is a proposal for a representation of gender on stage.
Script, choreography, text: Sanna Kekäläinen
Dance: Sanna Kekäläinen, Janne Marja-aho, Panu Varstala
Lighting design: Heikki Paasonen
Music: Niko Likainen

Production manager : Lilja Lehmuskallio
Publicist: Aino Järvi-Eskola
Production: K&C Kekäläinen & Company / Zodiak – Centre for New Dance
Choreographer-dancer Sanna Kekäläinen is known for her remarkable and cutting edge works, that problematize and embody philosophical and feministic themes. Kekäläinen founded Zodiak in 1986 with four other female artists. With the new premiere Kekäläinen returns to Zodiak.

photos: Johanna Tirronen | in the photos: Sanna Kekäläinen, Janne
Marja-aho, Panu Varstala

Co-production with ZODIAK – Centre for New Dance
Premiere: 17.5.2014 19:00
Pannuhalli, the Cable Factory
20.5. 19:00
22.5. 19:00 (Discussion after the performance)
24.5. 19:00
26.5. 19:00
28.5. 19:00