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2018 AUGUST Residency VALTTERI RAEKALLIO


Audience is a wide-ranging portrayal of our time that is saturated with finance, social media representation and technology. In the immersive work, the viewer encounters a bird of freedom turned into a robot; selfies turn into pictures of the dead; and money has become the only official language of our century-old society, as well as the rallying point of all our gatherings and thoughts. The expressive means of the work move fluidly between strong physical dance, hybrid poetry, conceptual art and meticulous spatial design. In the piece, the body meets language, the audience meets the performers, and representation meets the audience.

Valtteri Raekallio has performed in over 60 productions in 40 countries. He has appeared in contemporary dance performances, opera and theatre productions, as well as dance films. Raekallio was engaged with Helsinki Dance Company from 2006 to 2013 where he worked with choreographers such as Ina Christel Johannessen, Linda Kapetanea & Jozef Fruček, Anton Lachky, Kenneth Kvarnström, Andonis Foniadakis, Ikuyo Kuroda and Jyrki Karttunen. As a freelancer, he has danced among others in 14 works by Tommi Kitti since 2001. Beginning 2017, Raekallio is awarded the five-year Finnish State Grant for Artists.

He began his dancing career at the Finnish National Opera Ballet School in 1989 and graduated as a dancer in 2001. In 2000-2001, he was an exchange student at the Amsterdam School of the Arts' Modern Theatre Dance program. Raekallio has complemented his studies in New York, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Deltebre.

Raekallio´s choreographic work reaches from multi-disciplinary, immersive site-specific works such as: Neuromaani (2016), Short Stories from Forgotten Rooms (2015), The Representative (2014), Where Does the Light Go? (2013) to stage work: FRIGID (2017), Esitys – A Performance (2016) and Rehearsal on Love (2015) and dance films of different approaches: Cold Storage (2016), Fear is a habit (2014), Sub Terra (2014), Waiting Song (2013) and North Horizon (2010). His performances and dance films have been seen at over 25 dance and film festivals around the world. Raekallio is the founder of Liikekieli.com, Finland’s online magazine for dance. Liikekieli.com subsequently received the 2008 Finnish State Award for Dance Arts, Finland’s highest commendation in dance. From 2012 to 2014, Raekallio was the artistic co-director of Loikka dance film festival. He was awarded the Pro Dance prize in 2005.

Earlier Event: August 11
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