May 3–4, 2024


Hämeenlinna Theatre, Hämeenlinna, Finland

Tickets 35–15 €

Nasty is a strikingly topical work that centers on the expectations, limitations and attacks targeted at our bodies. The piece presents an unvarnished vision of our world, where evil hides not only in the structures of the society, but also in ourselves: we pass along the injustice and cruelty we have experienced.

Susanna Leinonen Company’s works are known for their extremely skillful and demanding movement.This time choreographer Susanna Leinonen and her ensemble have chosen to examine our bodily limits, but also, how constantly being looked at and under conflicting demands and expectations shape the female body. In the centre of the work are dancers and their bodies as tools of artistic work. In Nasty, the highly trained physique becomes a machine that stretches, bends and creaks to fulfil its full potential. But the question remains: who gets to define that potential?

Leinonen’s choreography doesn’t revel in violence and corporality, but rather spells out the everyday viciousness we direct at ourselves and at others. Harsh words take their place on the surfaces of the space and on the skin of the dancers as an unstoppable stream of information and opinions. Delicate and expressive music from composers such as Arvo Pärt and Max Richter contrasts and completes this stark vision of the world. Nasty is Susanna Leinonen’s 18th choreography piece, and has toured in seven countries so far, mesmerizing critics and audiences alike.


3.5.2024 at 19.00

4.5.2024 at 19.00

Duration 1 h, no intermission

Choreography: Susanna Leinonen

Music: Arvo Pärt

Cosume Design: Sari Nuttunen

Lightning Design: Harri Peltonen

Dancers: TBA