-Valtteri Raekallio’s physical theatre of the mind based on the Finlandia Award winning novel by Laura Lindstedt.
A breathtaking physical requiem for six dancers that takes the viewer on a shared, communal journey to face our smallest common denominator – death itself.
A person separated from their own life, in a post-death limbo from which there is no escape. Time has ceased to exist; the stories and movement languages of people meet and intertwine, revealing new layers of each other; joining finally into a shared communion.
Valtteri Raekallio’s production for six dancers is based on the Finlandia award winning novel by Laura Lindstedt, one of Finland’s most acclaimed contemporary fiction authors. Oneiron combines site-specific performance art, a walk-through radio play, a virtuosic stage-based ensemble dance piece and communal dinner into a single evening-length experience that explores the world of the novel from multiple viewpoints, taking the audience on a breathtakingly physical multisensory journey.
“The dance work Oneiron is, in a word, breathtaking, with neither too much nor too little of anything. It is a contemporary dance work crafted with exceptional skill, a requiem for six dancers. In Raekallio’s Oneiron, words become flesh, and the women’s stories are transformed into explosive dances that transgress the expected limits of mind and movement.
Death is the most inexplicable thing in life. This is the mystery that Valtteri Raekallio’s Oneiron succeeded in illuminating, in a way that is simultaneously fragile and secure. At the same time, this work raises the bar of Finnish contemporary dance, for others to follow.”
Artistic direction and realisation: Valtteri Raekallio
Choreography: Dancers under direction of Valtteri Raekallio Dancers: Jonna Aaltonen, Krista-Julia Arppo, Annamari Keskinen, Mirva Mäkinen, Eero Vesterinen and Valtteri Raekallio
Text: Laura Lindstedt
English narration: Sanna-June Hyde
Lighting design: Jukka Huitila
Stage design: Lauri Lundahl
Set design: Aino Koski & Virpi Nieminen
Sound design for radio play: Aki Päivärinne
Assistant sound designers: Atte Kannonen & Tuomas Norvio
Production coordinator: Riikka Laurilehto
Production assistant: Saara Sorvali
Executive producer: Valtteri Raekallio
Production: Raekallio Corp. / Northern Movement
Premiere: 18.1.2018 at Cirko, Helsinki, Finland
LAURA LINDSTEDT (b. 1976) is a writer interested in the possibilities of prose literature. Her adoption-themed first novel Scissors (Teos publishing) was nominated for the Finlandia Prize, Finland’s most prestigious literary honour. in 2007. Lindstedt’s 2015 novel Oneiron has continued Lindstedt’s critical success, winning the 2015 Finlandia Prize as well as nominations for several other literary awards in Finland and internationally. Translation rights to the book have been sold to 12 countries to date (Elina Ahlbäck Agency).
Published in North America, Great Britain and Australia by Oneworld Publications, 2018. Original text copyright © Laura Lindstedt, 2015. English translation copyright © Owen Witesman, 2018. English edition published by agreement with Laura Lindstedt and Elina Ahlback Literary Agency, Helsinki, Finland.
Raekallio Corp. is an independent dance company based in Helsinki, Finland, presenting the work of choreographer/director Valtteri Raekallio. The company was awarded the Finland Prize in 2019.
Valtteri Raekallio has performed in over 70 productions in 40 countries, and has appeared in contemporary dance performances, opera and theatre productions and films. He is also an internationally recognized teacher in high demand at dance workshops and universities. He received the award for City of Helsinki Artist of the Year 2019.
The company Raekallio Corp. produces Valtteri Raekallio’s immersive site-specific works, as well as stage productions designed for international touring and dance film projects. In 2018, his work was seen at Aerowaves Twenty18 and the Ice Hot dance platform in Reykjavik. Raekallio’s recent touring works include Recollections (2019), Oneiron (2018), A Performance (2016) and Rehearsal on Love (2015).