Taneli Törmä/ Location X: ALIEN

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JoJos’s autumn program 2022 consists of the OuDance Festival, premieres and visiting performances.

About the Performance

Taneli Törmä / Location X: ALIEN

Performance schedule

Valvesali, Oulu 
Wed 2.11. – CANCELLED
Thu 3.11. – CANCELLED
Fri 4.11. at 19, Premiere
Sat 5.11. at 19, Audience discussion

Description of the performance

ALIEN – Dance created for the community – For Steve Reich‘s iconic ‘Music for 18 musicians’, 8 local dancers will whirl us into a timeless dance.

ALIEN allows us to see and experience dance as a first time experience. A meditative and timeless dance, a large living statue of people in motion placed in a empty room, an abstract and ritual act and a tribute to all those who are experienced as – and experience themselves as – ALIEN.

ALIEN is part of Location X’s examination of how the art of dance and the common aesthetic experiences and realizations can be anchored in a city, in an area and in the individual human being.

Through the artistic sensations, the cohesive force is strengthened. It helps to create a stronger experience of belonging and being a part of society. When art finds a home and is anchored, then you will be anchored.

The choreographic work ALIEN got started as a commission work for Smena Gallery, a choreographic laboratory with 6 local artists in Kazan, Russia in 2019. The project was part of the Finnish-Russian Dance Exchange organized by Dance Info Finland and Smena Gallery. In 2021 the performance was taking a new shape with 10 new local dance artists from Odense, Denmark and present it in Kuntbygningen Filosoffen Gallery. In 2022 the performance is taking again a new shape. In collaboration with 8 new local dance artists from Oulu, Finland, the performance will be created for black box stage and presented in Cultural Centre Valve. 

Choreography: Taneli Törmä | Dance: (Hirvonen Annukka), Keskitalo Milla, Pudas Antti-Pekka, Puumalainen Paula, Sakko Alina, Sulkala Jutta, Toppi Milla, Tuovinen Silja | Music: Steve Reich : “Music for 18 Musicians”, Innova Recordings,  GVSU New Music Ensemble, Bill Ryan. Performed with the permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited | Production: JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre, Location X | Funded by: Danish Arts Foundation, Odense City | Previous producers: Big Pulse Dance Alliance, New Baltic Dance (Lithuania) and Dublin Dance Festival (Irland) | Co-funded by: Creative Europe (EU)

Taneli Törmä - LOCATION X

Taneli Törmä – LOCATION X is an award-winning choreographer and performing artist, with international and interdisciplinary experience. As a teacher, choreographer, performer, fundraiser, idea maker and curator he focuses on developing the performing arts towards a more diverse, intercultural, multi-perspectial and innovative form.

Taneli Törmä’s/LOCATION X’s works have been shown in more than 20 countries. They have been selected twice for the Aerowaves – Dance Across Europe. Alongside his own work, LOCATION X has also initiated the program DANCE ALL YEAR LONG, a mobile customized dance platform offered for different cities. Together with these municipalities, it supports other dance artists with residencies and gives an opportunity to present their work. 

The goal of LOCATION X is to create new bridges for contemporary dance and to find new audiences and collaboration partners for it – a platform for curating new perspectives and views about dance. Taneli Törmä’s works are often immersive. He is driven by the interest to create situations and experiences, that will carry a specific feeling and movement towards the public – always moved by the question on who is dancing and how and where we can dance today in our everyday lifes?

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15 e / 12 e / 6 e (JoJo members)

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Kaikukortti: 2 tickets/ performance

Group sales:
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Those who have bought tickets for the Wednesday and Thursday performances are primarily requested to transfer their tickets to the Friday or Saturday performance at Valve’s ticket office within its opening hours. It is also possible to request a refund of the ticket price by 30.11.2022.

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