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Maria Nurmela & Ville Oinonen: The Days

30th OuDance Festival is being held on 13.-17.9.2023


Maria Nurmela & Ville Oinonen: The Days

Wed 13.9. at 19

Description of the performance

The Days invites the audience to share an encounter with two Finnish dancers Maria Nurmela and Ville Oinonen. At their invite, English choreographer and designer Theo Clinkard has conceived a work that asks them to become co-authors through a practice that has to be written anew at every performance. The collaboration resulted in engendering a world of ever shifting negotiations, complex feelings and comic disconnection and constructed from a singular physical concept that sustains throughout the work. Caught in an impossible loop of absurd and heartfelt exchanges, the performers journey takes the form of a lifetime shared in this compelling performance about care, resilience and the desire for connection.

The Days Project started 2017 on the initiative of Finnish dance artists, Maria Nurmela and Ville Oinonen commissioning work they could perform together following prominent careers as freelance artists working internationally through collaborations with well known dance makers and producing their own independent productions. Theo Clinkard has been making his own work for 15 years for his company and international commissions.

Having toured internationally since its premiere in 2018, The Days has proven to be a deeply resonant work for all kinds of audiences, offering a compelling, poetic and intimate encounter that entrusts the communicative power of the moving body.

The Days Project seeks to engage with local communities and diffuse the hierarchies between different bodies as performers and movers. In each location, Maria Nurmela and Ville Oinonen lead workshops for movers who are 65 years or older. This element of the project has proved to be incredibly rich for all involved, offering much needed creative and social engagement opportunities for those most vulnerable. The inclusion of the elders lends the duet a tangible reliability, acting as a reminder for audiences that this could be anyone’s story.

Choreography, costume design: Theo Clinkard | Co-choreography, performers: Maria Nurmela, Ville Oinonen | Composing, sound design: James Keane | Light design: Kalle Ropponen | Outside Eye: Leah Marojević | Technician on Tour: Erno Seppälä | Guests: Oili and Matti Laukkanen | Idea and production for The Days Project: Maria Nurmela, Ville Oinonen | Photos: Viktor Dmitriev, Olivia Hansson, Akseli Kaukoranta, Karoliina Korvuo | Production of the visit: JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre | Duration: 50 Min


20 e / 15 e

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