And the Line Begins to Blur

“I was dumb- struck by the performance – how could it be so amazing? And the Line Begins to Blur is a highly polished vigorous work, in which all the parts are in just the right place.”

And the Line Begins to Blur is a new version of Leinonen’s work fragile | entity, which was commissioned by Skånes Dansteater in 2008. And the Line Begins to Blur deals with the interfaces of humanity. Growing tensions between the individual and the community and the visual characteristics of the piece refer to both past and the future, creating a powerful and surreal world where brutal beauty meets the dark outlook on life.

Choreography: Susanna Leinonen 

Music: Kasperi Laine 

Costumes: Erika Turunen 

Costume Production: Liisa Mäenpää, Tipi Taskinen 

Lighting Design: Matti Jykylä 

Dancers: Elina Häyrynen, Kaisu Hölttä, Maija Kiviluoto, Jarkko Lehmus, Heidi Lehtoranta, Natasha Lommi and Pekka Louhio (Liisa Pietikäinen and Jouka Valkama) 

Duration: 30 min 

Premiere: 1.10.2009 Stoa the Cultural Centre of Eastern Helsinki 

Production: Susanna Leinonen Company, Stoa the Cultural Centre of Eastern Helsinki 

Financially supported by National Council for Dance, the Finnish Cultural Foundation and City of Helsinki 

“Susanna Leinonen’s And the line begins to blur is a breathtakingly beautiful and harmonious piece. All of its elements holistically complement the same themes, atmosphere and visions. — The work doesn’t peter out towards the end, rather the spectator is in the middle of an intense event from start to finish. Quality is most definitely not a synonym of quantity.”

– Dance Magazine (2009)

“Susanna Leinonen’s premiere is always an Event. Her dream team can be expected to present a true, total work of art. Good news: this is possibly the best performance I’ve ever seen by Leinonen’s Company. And the bad news: with its duration of half an hour, it seems almost too short! And the Line Begins to Blur is a top-notch, compact package, where all the elements are now in balance. (–) And about the movement; quality guaranteed by Leinonen. As her trademark, articulated but at the same time elastically moving arms. The choreographer’s strong movement material requires a specific quality of dancers, nevertheless, now the performers on Stoa’s stage were of the highest possible standard.

– Helsingin Sanomat (2009)