Dance in the fissures of humanity
Directed by Finnish choreographer Johanna Nuutinen in collaboration with filmmaker Jukka Rajala-Granstubb, the multidisciplinary work IRIS explores the themes of strength, desire, and survival through the mediums of dance and film.
The work takes the audience on a visually arresting and physical journey into a fabric woven of shards of humanity.
It weaves together the mesmerising live performance of two internationally renowned Finnish dance artists, Jonna Aaltonen and Eero Vesterinen, with six short films that include performances from top artists of the Finnish and Swedish dance and circus field.
Photos from film: Jukka Rajala Granstubb, Black and white image: Jukka Nuutinen
The work results from the interviews of 17 people in their 80s to 90s, which started with the question of what they want to speak about when there is not much life left to live anymore, and which type of memories have been the most meaningful. The result is distilled into five surrealistic stories which create a journey traveling between the sensitive stage scenery and raw landscapes on film.
Duration 55 min
Choreography and concept design Johanna Nuutinen Film Script Johanna Nuutinen, Jukka Rajala-Granstubb Cinematographer Jukka Rajala-Granstubb Editing Mervi Junkkonen, Jukka Rajala-Granstubb Movement dramaturgy Jarkko Lehmus Performers on stage Jonna Aaltonen, Eero Vesterinen Performers on film Aava Granstubb, Filip Forsström, Alma Äijö, Svante Martin, Anni Koskinen, Onni Hämäläinen, Yvan Auzely, Nathalie Ruiz, Eila Ilola, Kari Harju Composers Tuomas Norvio, Tapani Rinne Light designer Joonas Tikkanen Costume designer Minttu Vesala Supporters Finnish Cultural Foundation, Vivicas Vänner foundation, Hurber Foundation, Svenska Kulturfonden, Taiteen edistämiskeskus, City of Helsinki, SHAWBROOK Residency Centre, MALAKTA Art Factory, Fearless PINECONE .