TUNTU (2017)

How do you hear a dance, how do you feel a dance? Steps and rhythms, the flow of air, touch, breathing, the rustling of clothes and hissing of the floor – all the things involved in experiencing a space through the body without the dominance of visual perception!

The performers dive into the unforgettable world of sensory sensations and experiences together with the audience.

The main target audience is 0 to 6-year-old visually impaired children with an adult, but the performance is suitable for others too. Audience members with normal vision can try out different visibility limiting glasses and scarves during the performance.

Creative team:

Concept: Päivi Aura
Music: Heli Hartikainen, Sami Kurppa, Michael Ferrie
Dancers: Oskari Turpeinen, Maria Autio
Lighting: Pasi Pehkonen
Costumes: Piritta Kämi-Convay
Picture: Keanne van de Creek
Duration: 50 min
Age recommendation: young audiences (for different age groups)
Premiere: November 2017, in Helsinki, Finland

A cooperation of Dance Theatre Auraco, Annantalo and Dance House Helsinki. Cooperation expert Riitta Lahtinen EdD, audio describer. The performance is part of the Small Size, Performing Arts for Early Years project of EU’s Creative Europe programme.

Dance Theatre Auraco was founded in 2006 and the company is based in Helsinki. Since 2010 Auraco is one of the most internationally touring Finnish dance companies, with 25 countries so far in Europe and Asia.

Auraco’s performances trust the performers’ presence and the vulnerability of the movement itself. With minimalistic or no décor, the performers fill the empty stage, creating a responsive atmosphere. The relationship with the audience is open and sensitive. The performances break boundaries between the performers and the audience. Audience development is a key element of Auraco’s work.