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The new piece of Susanna Leinonen, SEE | OBEY connects dance, text and film

Hear the fascinatingly peculiar soundscape of Kasperi Laine. Get inside the illogically rational texts by Jukka Viikilä. See the unique dance film by Jouka Valkama. Experience the physical and subtle movement language by Susanna Leinonen.

The new contemporary dance piece for three dancers, SEE | OBEY by Susanna Leinonen Company that is premiered on November 2015, is a powerful synthesis of film, dance, music and text. The themes rise from the use of power, the fleeting nature of time and obedience.

The texts, written specifically for this piece by author and dramaturge Jukka Viikilä, are rational in their own absurdity and are connected with the piece through contrasts. The texts are voiced by Finnish frontline actors Laura Birn, Sanna-Kaisa Palo and Emmi Parviainen.

SEE | OBEY is dance about the absurdism of life. The dark themes of Leinonen still rise from the reverse side of life but the new piece finds a brighter angle and even touches some borders of humour. The piece opens a window to the world whose lines only dance and movement can draw and who receives a full form through the imaginative music, illogically rational texts and eye-pleasing visuals.

The dancers of SEE | OBEY are Sanni Giordani, Misa Lommi and Natasha Lommi. The soundscape of the piece is designed by the rap/hip hop -artist Kasperi Laine, the costume design is by Erika Turunen and the light design by Joonas Tikkanen.

SEE | OBEY is not only a dance piece by Susanna Leinonen but also a dance film by Jouka Valkama. The video art of Valkama has been an important part of the pieces of Leinonen but this time the film both blends in as part of the stage piece and forms an independent story.

SEE | OBEY film tells simultaneously three different narratives about human emotions, every day events and conflicts by physical expression and movement. The time is manipulated by cinematic means and the moments that happen in a blink of an eye get a new depth with slow motion. The film uses both several professional dancers and almost a hundred volunteers.

The premiere of SEE | OBEY is in The Cultural Centre Stoa in Helsinki on November 14th2015 at 19h.

Other performances:
Sun November 15th at 3 pm
Tue November 17th at 7 pm
Thu November 19th at 7 pm
Fri November 20th at 7 pm
Sat November 21st at 7 pm
Sun November 22nd at 3 pm

Choreography Susanna Leinonen Music Kasperi Laine Texts Jukka Viikilä Film Jouka Valkama Light Design Joonas Tikkanen Costume Design Erika Turunen Dancers Sanni Giordani, Misa Lommi, Natasha Lommi Voices Laura Birn, Sanna-Kaisa Palo ja Emmi Parviainen

Rehearsal photo by Erika Turunen