“Stranger is a polyphonic work which envisages the meaning of strange and uncanny in our time.
The work – an event – is a manifesto of uncertainty, fragility, queerness, drifting, uncanny and love.
Strangeness and alterity resist the contemporary self-oriented form of life. They conceive differences, fractures and diversity that are substrating life itself.
Stuttering as a metaphor permeates and intertwines the work and traverses all its structures. Stuttering molds strange configurations and a philosophical framework on which the works grounds.
Recognition and sharing of the Private are significating components of the structure and meaning of the work. The Private is a locus in which the encounter with the Other is possible. It is a locus of sharing. The Private is vulnerable and contingent.
The work, the event, grows within the mode of the Private in which sound, light, sculpture and writing intertwines with a human being who moves, contemplates, senses, speaks and stutters to encounter with the Other, to share the sensation of being.
Script, concept, choreography, text and space: Sanna Kekäläinen
Performers: Jonna Eiskonen, Sanna Kekäläinen and Janne Marja-aho
Prologue: Jamie MacDonald
Part 1. Stranger.: Sanna Kekäläinen
Part 2. Feminist Version.: Jonna Eiskonen, Sanna Kekäläinen and Janne Marja-Aho
Sound design: Jussi Matikainen
Light design: Jukka Huitila
Sculptures and graphic design: Aku Korhonen
Photos: Uupi Tirronen and Kristiina Männikkö
Essay: Riikka Laakso
Duration: 90 min
Spoken language: in English
Age recommendation: adults
Premiere: 24.2.2019, in Helsinki, Finland
The mission of Kekäläinen & Company is to promote dance as an intellectual art form with strong potential in political and poetic communication. The creator of K&C is choreographer–dancer Sanna Kekäläinen. Her work expands the experience of a dance performance by combining philosophy, gender studies, text and conceptual thinking from the feminist angle with highly original movement language.
The international dialogue is essential to K&C. Since its birth in Helsinki in 1996 the company has toured extensively and it has been recognised as courageous, thought provoking and outstanding in the homeland as well as around the world.