ANON – The Act of Waiting (2018)
In Johanna Nuutinen + CO’s latest full lenght work ANON – the Act of Waiting choreographer Johanna Nuutinen utilises her customary medium of virtuoso dance to explore the unavoidable senses of surrendering and uncertainty created by waiting. ANON also examines the temporary communities created by the act of waiting and questions the power structures of waiting.
The ever accelerating pace of life is a global phenomenon. To combat the fragmentation of our concentration we have to make a conscious effort to focus longer on a single thing and accept the amount of time a slower development takes. ANON questions our perception of time, gently inviting us to slow our pulse and bring our focus to the detailed physicality of the performers. The critics have described the work as bold, captivating and intense. The performers have been praised for their capacity to flow through the different dynamics of the movement effortlessly. The all-Finnish design team offers visually captivating stage imagery and strong aural experiences wrapped up in delicate costume design. The universal theme of time is something everyone, despite their nationality, can relate to.
Choreography & concept: Johanna Nuutinen
Performers: Jenna Broas, Justus Pienmunne
Music & sound design: Tuuli Kyttälä
Light-, set-, visual design & concept: Joonas Tikkanen
Technical manager: Otso Vartiainen
Dramaturgical support: Miranda Laurence
Costume design: Erika Turunen
Duration: 60 min
Premiere: 22.11.2018, at Teater Viirus, Helsinki, Finland
On tour: 5-6 persons
Bookings & information: Nea Granlund, Pragma Helsinki
22nd – 24th Nov 2018, Teater Viirus, Helsinki, Finland
27th Sep 2019, Tanssin aika Festival, Jyväskylä, Finland
Photos: Johanna Nuutinen
The production platform Johanna Nuutinen + CO was formed in 2016 in order to support the work choreographer Johanna Nuutinen creates with a team of highly talented and visionary sound, light and costume designers as well as performing artists and dramaturges. The sensing, sensitive, poetic and vulnerable, yet strong and versatile body together with bold visual worlds are at the core of all of their artistic work.
During the next three years Johanna and her team will be investigating the world of senses and our sensory experience. The series will consist out of three works that deal with visual perception as well as tactile and auditory senses through virtuosic motion, hypnotic visuality and the visceral world of sound. The first work of this series, OPIA (2020), dives eyes first into the ever present questions relating to looking, being looked at, how do we perceive form and how do we form meaning from what we see. The second part of the series 8HZ (season 2021–2022) investigates our auditory sense from the point of view of noise pollution.
Kinesteetikot ry serves as the background organisation of Johanna Nuutinen + CO. Kinesteetikot ry is a non- profit association founded in 2015. The aim of the association is to advance embodied consciousness in the society, support the development of dance and theatre as art forms, further the collaboration between different art forms and the dialogue between art and science in Finland as well as internationally.
The company has toured at Jyväskylä Dance Festival (Finland) Danse Festival Barents (Norway), Beijing Dance Festival (Chica), Hangzhou Dance Festival (China), Full Moon Dance Festival (Finland), Open Look Festival (Russia), BIDFF (Romania), OuDance Festival (Finland) and iDance festival (Hong Kong) among others.