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In the beginning of April, a double-bill consisting of two interpretations of American dance pioneer Deborah Hay’s choreographies, will be shown in Stoa. Hay’s revolutionary dance philosophy will be performed by the Swedish dance company Cullberg and by Finnish choreographer-dancer Vera Nevanlinna.
In 2019, Deborah Hay restaged her iconic masterpiece The Match (2004) for the world famous Swedish dance company Cullberg. Now this fascinating, vibrant battle of wits can be seen for two nights in Helsinki.
Funny and odd, The Match is a quartet of many layers with four solos within it, solos that are spontaneously cast each night by who from the quartet steps up to perform. Each time a different solo is highlighted.
“There is no musical accompaniment, so the focus is on the dancers: their mystifying travels and relationships, both spatial and personal, and the satisfying way Ms. Hay distributes them about the space ... in the strange and surprisingly handsome world of The Match.” – The New York Times, Jennifer Dunning (2004)
Choreography: Deborah Hay
Original lighting design: Jennifer Tipton
Reworked lighting design: Ivan Wahren
Costume: Marita Tjärnström
Rehearsal director: Lisa Drake
Dancers: Adam Schütt, Agnieszka Sjökvist Dlugoszewska, Anand Bolder, Eleanor Campbell, Suelem de Oliveira da Silva, Unn Faleide (four dancers, interchanging cast)
Year of origin: February 2004, Danspace, New York
Cullberg premiere: 23.8.2019, Tanz im August (Berlin)
Photo: Urban Jörén
Vera Nevanlinna's solo performance News is based on Deborah Hay’s choreographic script that incorporates conceptual, motional, spatial and aural instructions how to stage the performance.
Nevanlinna has adapted Hay’s choreographic foundations into a solo, creating with her workgroup a whole where the constituents – choreography, costumes, sound and lighting – are present as equally valuable components.
News premiered in April 2007, and it now returns to Zodiak as a new interpretation. Nevanlinna has worked in the years between in several Deborah Hay’s international productions.
Nevanlinna’s extensive collaboration with Hay has deepened, extended and changed her understanding and knowledge of Hay’s choreographic thinking. It is this experience that Nevanlinna puts to play in her reinterpretation of News.
Choreography: Deborah Hay
Adaptation and dance: Vera Nevanlinna
Sound design: Tuomas Norvio
Costume design: Maria Duncker
Lighting design: Heikki Paasonen
Production: Zodiak, Vera Nevanlinna
Premiere: 12.4.2007, Zodiak Stage
Photo: Riikka Sundqvist
Performances at Stoa in Itäkeskus.
Only serial tickets are sold for this performance in Tiketti.
01.04. at 19 Stoa
02.04. at 19