Touch of Gravity

“Touch of Gravity dazzles the audience with its visuals. Dancers defy gravity with a slow-motion movement soaring off the floor. Video footage projected onto the stage and precise dance technique immerse the viewer in a surreal world.”

To escape the constraints of gravity and the limits of the body – isn’t that every dancer’s dream? Touch of Gravity plays with optical illusions and video to defy the laws of nature. Poetic, intense and hypnotic, the piece masterfully explores the interplay between the pull of the ground and the lure of weightlessness.

Choreography: Susanna Leinonen 

Sound design: Kasperi Laine 

Costumes: Erika Turunen 

Video: Jouka Valkama 

Lighting design: Joonas Tikkanen 

Dancers: Sanni Giordani, Tiia Huuskonen, Sara Kovamäki, Aksinja Lommi, Liisa Pietikäinen and Elisa Tuovila (Natasha Lommi, Susanna Leinonen) 

Duration: 60 min 

Premiere: 21.8.2014 Almi Hall, Helsinki 

Next performances: 

Production Susanna Leinonen Company in cooperation with Helsinki Festival and Stoa 

Financially supported by National Council for Dance, National Council for Music and City of Helsinki 

“The end comes almost too fast. As if in flight, the fifty minutes are up as Finnish choreographer and dancer Susanna Leinonen explores, overrides and plays with the laws of gravity in her 2014 performance “Touch of Gravity”.”

– OÖNachrichten (2015)

“The darkly hued piece was in every way a polished performance that spoke to the audience with its uncompromising and abstract beauty. Though both Jouka Valkama’s video art and Joonas Tikkanen’s lighting design were an essential part of the ambitious visuality of the piece, movement remained central. It was sharp and physically challenging movement, that the dancers had internalised to perfection.”

– Savon Sanomat (2015)