Nasty, New Work by Susanna Leinonen, Explores The Control of Female Bodies

Nasty, the newest work by choreographer Susanna Leinonen will premiere in Helsinki on September 9th 2018.

Nasty is a strikingly topical work that centers on the expectations, limitations and attacks targeted at especially female bodies. The piece presents an unvarnished vision of our world, where evil hides in the structures of the society but also in ourselves: we pass along the injustice 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, as well as how constantly being looked at and under conflicting demands and expectations shape the female body and experience. In the center 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 fulfill its full potential. But the question remains: who gets to define that potential?

“The idea is not to revel in violence, but rather to examine the forms of everyday cruelty we direct at ourselves and at others, especially as women in this world. We wanted that to be reflected not only in the movement but also in the scenography itself.”

After several years of working with very different sound material, this time Susanna Leinonen has chosen Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s delicate and expressive music to contrast and completes this stark vision the world. Costumes are by Sari Nuttunen, whose handiwork  was recently seen in the acclaimed Swedish film Sami Blood. Harri Peltonen from Lahti City Theatre is in charge of the lighting design.




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