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Contemporary dance performance “Nasty”

Contemporary dance performance “Nasty”

Time: 23.11.18  18:00–19:00
Location: Kumu auditorium
Price: 13 / 8 €

Susanna Leinonen Company performs in Estonia for the first time!

Susanna Leinonen Company, founded in 2001, is one of the most acclaimed Finnish contemporary dance groups, both nationally and internationally. The company’s works are known for their magnificent, polished visuality as well as for choreographer Susanna Leinonen’s detailed and demanding movement language. Leinonen started her career as a dancer in the Estonian National Ballet and now brings her top ensemble to Tallinn for the first time for the European premiere of her latest piece, Nasty.

Nasty is a strikingly topical piece that explores the expectations, limitations and attacks targeted at our bodies. Leinonen and her ensemble have examine what it is like to constantly be an object of others’ observation; in the center of the work are dancers and their bodies as tools of artistic work. The highly trained physique becomes a machine that stretches, bends and creaks to attain its full potential. But the question remains: who gets to define that potential?

Arvo Pärt’s delicate and expressive music contrast and completes this stark vision the world.

“In an atmosphere of fearfulness, Nasty’s complexity and depth of feeling create a sense of freedom, it holds space for the audience as we find it in ourselves to face up to the unknown within.” Maria Säkö, Helsingin Sanomat 9.9.2018

“Despite the exquisite skill, the displays of truly incredible physical prowess and the wealth of precisely observed detail, it is not the choreography that is the point here. What really matters is the defiance with which the dancers confront the audience as they gaze towards them, unflinching, brows lowered. Their attitude stands as a challenge and as a demand, questioning everything.” Annikki Alku, Demokraatti 10.9.2018

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