Recollections is Valtteri Raekallio‘s latest performance, created in collaboration with dancer Annamari Keskinen and award-winning violinist and composer Meriheini Luoto. The intergenerational piece poses the question of where are the boundaries between memories, fiction and narration.
Recollections is an autofictional hybrid performance in which childhood, an imaginary shared history, unrealized futures and confronting one’s own mortality form a framework for an interchange between three artists.
The performance bends the boundaries of truth, creating a fragmentary world of the unconscious; it shows how our memories are deceitful and subject to interpretation, yet we still construct our identities through storylines that are based on them.
Artistic concept & realization: Valtteri Raekallio
Performers: Annamari Keskinen, Valtteri Raekallio (dance), Meriheini Luoto (violin, nyckelharpa, live electronics and vocals)
Music: Meriheini Luoto
Set design: Aino Koski
Lighting design: Jukka Huitila
Cinefilms and projections: Thomas Freundlich
Production: Raekallio Corp., Zodiak – Uuden tanssin keskus
Duration: 50 min
Age recommendation: adults
Premiere: 7.5.2019, Zodiak Stage, in 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).