Massiveness and Still Life is a choreographic spatial piece for 6 performers, a piano and selected non-human materials. The group posits questions about somatic movement on stage, deconstructing and
reflecting on states that arise from the inter-relations between performers and from process of focusing observation on somatic layers of the body. By virtue of common denominators, attempts at staging open up to touch stories of support, safety and obliteration.
The performance has many points of departure, among the most important of them Donna Haraway’s ‘Companion Species’ (2008) and Karen Barad’s ideas about agency in ‘Intra-action’ (2007).
On staging of the artistic process of creation: Massiveness and Still Life is a generous immersion into the shared and the personal, wonderfully into something familiar and even dangerously strange, into shades of tenderness, boundlessness and situations of recognition that resemble contemplation.
The original working group, concept (Järkäle ja asetelmia) Sara Gurevitsch, Elli Salo, Tom Lönnqvist, Alexander Salvesen, Anne Makkonen, Salla Rytövuori, Roope Gröndahl and Anton Vartiainen (as part of work completed in 2020).
Premiere: 25.10.2023 KIASMA Teatteri, Helsinki
Choreography: Sara Gurevitsch
Performers and dancers: Jaakko Fagerberg, Vilma Mankonen, Anne Makkonen, Oona Pennanen & Nella Matleena Savolainen
Piano: Roope Gröndahl
Sound design: Tom Lönnqvist
Lighting and video design: Alexander Salvesen
Costumes: Sara Gurevitsch in collaboration with the working group
Spatial design: Alexander Salvesen, Tom Lönnqvist & Sara Gurevitsch
Artistic dialogue: Maija Mustonen
Old Mine Residency (2020)
kuudestila (The Sixth Space) (2020, 2021)
Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation
kuudestila (The Sixth Space)
The Finnish Cultural Foundation Uusimaa
Riikka Thitz (production support 2019)
Sara Gurevitsch, Sanni Pajula (production support)