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 & vocals) and Hugo Raekallio (supporting performer)
Music: Meriheini Luoto (violin, nyckelharpa, vocals, live electronics)
Coding of the live electronics: Kaj Mäki-Ullakko
Set design: Aino Koski
Lighting design: Jukka Huitila
Cinefilms & projections: Thomas Freundlich
Diary texts & archive recordings: Valtteri Raekallio
Photos: Lauri Lundahl
Production: Raekallio Corp., Zodiak – Center for New Dancer, Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 50 min
Age recommendation: 15+
Premiere: 7th May 2019, Zodiak Stage – Center for New Dancer, in Helsinki, Finland
Verbal: Performance includes Finnish speaking (translatable)
On tour: 4 performers, 1–2 technical crew members & set driver
Bookings & information: Nea Granlund, Pragma Helsinki
7th – 28th May in 2019, Zodiak Stage – Center for New Dancer, in Helsinki, Finland
13th Sep in 2019, Factory Festival Manifesti, Turku, Finland
28th Nov in 2019, Lonely in the Rain Festival, Joensuu, Finland
13th & 14th Oct 2020 Kuopio Dance in Autumn 2020 Program, Kuopio, Finland
21st Oct in 2020, Dance Current Contemporary Dance Festival, Tampere, 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).