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2020

TOXIC

TOXIC lives for attention. It’s obsessed with clout and influence. In TOXIC, the body exists solely to create value. 

TOXIC pleases and thrives. It shapes its very essence according to the desolate demands of the society. It exploits the power it has without a sense of quilt or shame. TOXIC invades both the individual and the environment intrusively. 

The viciously stunning piece plays its malicious games while maintaining flawless image. TOXIC is a product of our brutal times. 

CONTENT WARNINGS: sexual abuse, body shaming, fat phobia, eating disorders, suicide. 

Concept and visuality Susanna Leinonen and Sari Nuttunen

Choreography & movement Susanna Leinonen and the dancers

Music Vincenzo Lamanga, Puce Mary, Nicholas Britell, Forest Swords, Mozart Jones, Hans Zimmer, Justin Timberlake, Béla Bartok, Max Richter & Jóhann Jóhannsson

Costumes, masks and wigs Sari Nuttunen

Seamstress Suvi-Tuulia Pajunen

Video Ville Seppänen

Dancers Emmi Hakala, Camilla Keihäs, Elina Lindfors, Aaron Saira and Tatiana Urteva

Thank you:  Kasperi Laine, Antti Helminen, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, the City of Helsinki & Espoo Cultural Centre

Louhi Hall: Jarkko Lievonen, Markku Palmio, Ville Kujala, Miika Ärväs , Ville Halkonen, Jysky Kähkönen & Maija Hietala

World premiere October 30, 2020 at 7pmLouhi hall, Espoo, Finland

Susanna Leinonen’s brazen dance work TOXIC resembles a series of surrealistic paintings that have come to life 

“Toxic lives up to its name: it’s poisonous. It’s not one of those works that vanish from your memory the moment you step out of the theatre. It seeps into the unsuspecting spectator’s mind and carries on troubling him or her, demanding an explanation and a personal opinion.Corporeality is strongly present throughout. Leinonen makes excellent use of the movement language of popular culture. The language of imagery and movement has been taken apart and carefully mixed with the movement vocabulary of contemporary dance that is characteristic of Leinonen. The end result amounts to movement that demands a meticulously digested and skillful control of the body.” Merja Koskiniemi, Helsingin Sanomat, 1.11.2020

A dance review: Harsh dance about the toxic side of social media 

“In terms of its movement language, TOXIC is Leinonen all over. It’s detailed, physically demanding and extremely polished. The dancers perform it beautifully. They are a tight and uniformly strong group, which knows what it’s doing and is intensely present in its dancing.” Annikki Alku, the Democrat, 2.11.2020

 

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