This and the following week will be spent in Luxembourg, in a residency that is organised in collaboration with TROIS C-L Centre de Création Chorégraphique and JoJo - Oulu Dance Center. We are going to be working on my next solo, For God, that will premiere at Zodiak Center for New Dance in Helsinki in February 2019. I/we will be writing every now and then to share something about our work with you guys!
The setting of the residency couldn't really be any better suited to the themes of the piece, since our accommondation is in an old abbey with catacombs and statues of the holy figures of christianity. I can't help but wonder at the fact that, during the abbey's original time of use, the society would have most likely seen me as a heretic: a woman making the statement that the body, seen as sinful and seductive, may in fact be the only holy thing there is, if holy meant something that was sacred, important, something that had more knowledge that we could possibly understand - and something to cherish, not to despise.
This seems to be one of the core interests in my artistic works and it has for sure a lot to do with background. I will talk more about that in the later posts.
Our artistic team consists of sound designer Roy Boswell, costume designer Siru Kosonen, composer Mikko Sarvanne, light designer Teo Lanerva and dramaturge Santtu Uuttu. But for the following weeks it's going to be just myself, Mikko and Roy. Our aim is to focus on the relations of music, sound and movement.
The residency is a chance for us to make an intensive trip into the world of the piece that is emerging. Everyday life, with all it's production, marketing and other freelance "situations", often takes up most of the hours of the day. Days can easily turn into weeks and months without proper training and focus on choreographic laboratory, if I'm not careful. It's so easy to get caught up with the ideas of future pieces and possible funding but also ideas of "should I quit 'cos I got 10 to 20 rejections with zero explanations" from the places I applied to. Of course this is an inseparable part of the profession, which I'm sure we are all, unfortunately, all too familiar with. But I must also say I have got many positive answers too. After all - we are making a piece!
So if the daily life of an emerging freelance choreographer is intense in the sense of a million things happening and not happening at the same time kind of way, this residency will certainly be intense in a very different way. There's only one job description for the next few weeks: that of the choreographer.