Petri Kekoni Company



As a viewing experience, Non-Linear can be referred to as a visit to an art exhibition. In this production, static pictures have been replaced by movement events which the viewer is free to observe in the order that they choose.

Non-Linear reaches also wider audience that is interested in architecturally exciting (temporarily used) spaces as well as site specific contemporary art. The viewing direction of stages is not predefined. Instead, the choreography is designed so that events can be observed from multiple angles. Starting and ending sequences are designed according to its own logic; as if an invisible thread connected the stages allowing communication across the space.

Structure of the work is based on spatial coexistence and temporal layering of five to six performance stages. During the performance the audience is free to stroll around the venue. With the dancers, the work creates “loops”, which begin and fade out, repeating the movement at certain intervals. Each stage, or choreographic “painting” if you wish, is precise in its form. The work is possible to carry out with 12 to 6 dancers and 6 to 5 stages.

Non-Linear has been formed via two earlier productions: Non-Linear – Jätkäsaari in Jätkäsaari stockhouse (1st Oct 2015, Finland), and Non-Linear – Dance Mass in Suvilahti Kattilahalli (14th Mar 2014, Finland).
The origin of Non-Linear site specific contemporary dance project can be traced to a “mother” piece Closer to the heart  at The Full Moon Dance Festival, 21st July 2012.

Credit list
Choreography & concept / Petri Kekoni
Sound design / Antti Nykyri, Lighting design / Matti Jykydä, Costume design / Monika Hartl
Dance / Meeri Altmets, Riina Huhtanen, Tanja Illukka, Andrius Katinas, Maija Kiviluoto, Saku Koistinen, Tuomas Mikkola, Valtteri Raekallio, Esete Sutinen, Jukka Tarvainen, Terhi Vaimala, Ulla Väätäinen
Producer / Maria Junno
Technical realization / Sun Effects Oy
Set construction / Rakennusliike Utriainen Oy, Costume makers / Mervi Palo, Siru Juntunen
Graphic design / Jukka Kuisma, Iasy Oy
Photography / Tanja Ahola, Nanna Saarhell, Video production / Thomas Freundlich
Premiere / 1st Oct 2015, Jätkäsaari Stockhouse, Helsinki
Production / Liikkeen puolesta ry / Petri Kekoni Company. Supported by / Arts Promotion Centre Finland, City of Helsinki culture office

Duration / 100 minutes

Petri Kekoni Company from Helsinki, Finland celebrates its ten year anniversary in 2017. Company’s repertoire consists of contemporary dance productions of a choreographer Petri Kekoni from 1998 onwards. The company members are dancers, composers and lighting designers from Petri Kekoni’s earlier productions. Working concept of the company is a flexible collective where the team required for each production is chosen from about twenty artists.

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