Photo: Sinem Kayacan
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NATURE UNTITLED | Ecological Poetics of Choreographic Writing - Veli Lehtovaara, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Jani Hietanen 30.10 - 13.11.2022


Welcome to experience the performances of Nature Untitled 30.10. - 13.11.2022 in three different locations.

The work emerges from Veli Lehtovaara's artistic research project (PhD), an inquiry on the ecological poetics of choreographic writing.

One of the questions being, how do ecological poetics perform between dance, site and image?

Performance venues and dates:

Please note! The threemovements of the performance will take place in different locations.
  • Movement I, 30.10. & 31.10: Oil Silo 468 (Saaristolaivastonkatu, Kruunuvuorenranta)
  • Movement II, 6.11. & 7.11. Zodiak Stage (Cable Factory, Kaapeliaukio 3)
  • Movement III, 12.11. & 13.11. REDI (K1) (Hermannin rantatie 5, Kalasatama)

Further Information and Tickets:

Moving in November

Zodiak - Center for New Dance

How do ecological poetics perform between dance, site and image?

Nature Untitled is a new work by choreographer Veli Lehtovaara, visual artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila and sound designer Jani Hietanen with an international group of artists. The work is presented in the form of a triptych – each of the three movements discharges on stage in a particular mode.

The first movement, inside an empty oil silo, dances out the ghosts of exhaustion and energies consumed. The bodies fold and crackle, the steel structure purrs, the phantasms of the oil era burn only to vanish.

In the second movement, we traverse on a field road and in interstellar space. The stage is both enveloping and infinitely extending vacuum, space and ship at the same time, governed by the sound of artificial intuition. Dance wobbles and weaves, recalls and regrets the earth and its beings.

The third movement juxtaposes a primeval forest with a shopping mall. The human-made technological environment plunges into the restful depths of the old growth forests. Dancing bodies graph the divergence of forms and minds emerging within this border zone.

International Collaborative Production

Nature Untitled is produced by Entirely Moved | Kaikki Liikkuu ry and co-produced by Zodiak - Center for New Dance, Moving in November festival and Institut finlandais / The Finnish Institute in France.This co-production also stands as the beginning of a long-term collaboration between Moving in November, Institut finlandais and La Briqueterie – Centre de développement chorégraphique national du Val-de-Marne in Paris. Zodiak (Helsinki) and BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen) are partners building a link between Finland and Norway through The Nordic Residency Exchange Program.

Choreography: Veli Lehtovaara in collaboration with the performers
Performers: Elias Girod, Anni Koskinen, Sofia Simola, Matilda Aaltonen, Erik Eriksson (SE), Inga Huld Hákonardóttir (IS), Kevin Fay (US)
Scenography and moving image: Eija-Liisa Ahtila
Sound design: Jani Hietanen
Light design: Luc Schaltin (movement I), Anton Verho (movement II,original design, adaptation Anna Pöllänen)
Costume design: Piia Rinne, Heide Vanderieck
Knitted hats and the neckwarmer: Anja Lehtovaara
Dramaturgical support: Merel Heering
Environmental educator: Riitta Nykänen (movement III)
Cinematography: Arto Kaivanto, Pekka Uotila
Edit: Heikki Kotsalo
Production assistant: Sofia Charifi

Production: Entirely Moved
Co-production: Zodiak, Moving in November, Institut finlandais
Productional support: Arts Management Helsinki
Recidencies: La Briqueterie CDCN Val-de-Marne (FR), wpZimmer (BE), BIT Teaterngarasjen (NO)
Supported by: Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arst Promotion Centre Finland, Dance House Helsinki / SPARKS, TelepArt / The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, The University of the Arts Helsinki (Tutke)

Thank you: Laatikkokauppa | Kirsi Pitkänen (realization of the boxes), Pro Av Saarikko Oy (video technic), Eventgear Oy (LED technic), Ilppo Pohjola | Crystal Eye, Kauppakeskus REDI, Pirjo & Jaakko Lehtovaara, Lauri Supponen!

Practical Information for Audience:

Movement I - Oil Silo 468

Please note that the Oil Silo 468 is an outdoor space. Remember to dress accordingly.

The Oil silo is located at Kruunuvuorenranta in eastern Helsinki. You can easily reach the venue with public transportation. Buses (88 & 88B) from Herttoniemi metro station take you closest to the silo. The nearest stop is on Koirasaarentie (the name of the stop is Haakoninlahdenkatu), about 800 m away from the silo via Saaristolaivankatu and the shore route.

You can also reach the silo by driving to the western end of the current Koirasaarentie and turning left onto Saaristolaivastonkatu. The parking area is on Saaristolaivankatu between Turumankatu and Astridinkatu.

Even though reaching the venue with public transport is fairly easy, we’ve also arranged a free bus ride as an option for the audience. The bus leaves from Herttoniemi metro station on both performance days 30th and 31st October at 5.30 pm. You can book a seat from here. Please note that the capacity is limited and if you wish on board you should book a spot promptly.

Movement II - Zodiak Stage

Movement II, taking place at Zodiak Stage, is a choreographic installation organized in loops of 45min each, starting at every full hour.

  • Sunday the 6th at 15h / 16h /17h
  • Monday the 7th at 18h / 19h /20h.

One can enter and exit the performance whenever one likes.

Movement III / REDI (K1)

For Movement III, please bring your own headphones and a phone or a tablet that connects with the headphones with you to the mall. The ticket buyers are given a QR code, via which the soundscape of the performance can be accessed.

The performance takes place at floor K1 of Redi shopping center. You can find it either by entering through the main doors (opposite the old metro station), walking past the info from the right and taking the first downward escalators or by taking an elevator directly to K1 from the metro platform level.

More info:

Choreographer Veli Lehtovaara





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