KEKÄLÄINEN & COMPANY
Hafed, Collage of Differences and FragilityPaperless friend, differences and fragility connecting us.
Friday, December 14th
15:00 – 16:00
Gaflaraleikhúsið, Víkingastræti 2, Hafnarfjörður
Hafed is a longtime friend of mine. He was born in Algeria and lives paperless in Paris. I’ve had the privilege to follow his life close up.
This stage reality is an effort to perceive solely Hafed’s corporeality. When I was working on this piece, I realized it was impossible to make a representation of Hafed’s life, because the reality he lives in is so strange and composed of such mutually contradicting elements that it can’t be captured in a sole representation. That is the reason this stage reality is a collage of differences on one hand, on the other of fragility that connects people.
When starting this work I posed two questions. The work in the rehearsal period was based in these questions and we work with them in the performance. The questions are:
Who and where am I?
How do I perceive my body and my sexuality?
The mission of Kekäläinen & Company is to promote dance as an intellectual art form with strong potential in political and poetic communication.
Choreographer-dancer Sanna Kekäläinen’s work expands the experience of a dance performance by combining philosophy, feminism, text, gender and conceptual thinking with highly original movement language.
Kekäläinen graduated from London School of Contemporary Dance (The Place) and is the co-founder of Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Helsinki. Since 1996 her own company K&C has worked at Cable Factory. Recent tours of the company include France, Mexico, Germany, Italy and Poland. Kekäläinen has been awarded with the State Prize for Dance and the Finland Prize. Her vast body of work includes over 70 works, with which she has earned a place in the minds and hearts of audience’s, but also offered a basis to numerous academic studies.
Company: Kekäläinen and Company
Script, choreography, concept: Sanna Kekäläinen
Performance: Sanna Kekäläinen, Riikka Laakso
Light design: Anniina Veijalainen
Photo credits: Lilja Lehmuskallio