Johanna Nuutinen +Collaborators (FI)

| Saturday 12 February
At 19:30 – 20:15
Zodiak - Centre for New Dance

How does environmental stimuli guide our gaze and spatial orientation?
How do we construct images in our visual cortex out of stimuli generated by sensory organs other than the eyes?
Why do we build meanings through our gaze where there previously were none?

Choreographer Johanna Nuutinen’s new creation OPIA dives eyes first in the middle of these ever present questions relating to looking, being looked at, and how do we form meaning between things we see.

OPIA explores its topic through movement language spiralling into the world behind the gaze, perspective-questioning visual design and captivating soundscape.

Artist / Company Bio

Choreographer Johanna Nuutinen joined the Finnish National Ballet in 2002. She had a thriving career with the company while dancing soloist parts in works by several world-renowned choreographers. In 2017 she became a freelance artist and formed the production platform Johanna Nuutinen +Collaborators. At the moment Johanna and her team investigate the world of senses and sensory experiences in the form of stage works. Nuutinen's recent works are ANON (2019) and OPIA (2021). Her dance films have been awarded at many festivals around the world. She has also created commissioned works for the Finnish National Ballet and West Australian Ballet.

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  • Direction, choreography, text

    Johanna Nuutinen
  • Dance

    Jenna Broas, Mia Jaatinen
  • Movement material

    Johanna Nuutinen and dancers
  • Music and sound design

    Tuomas Norvio
  • Scenography

    Joonas Tikkanen
  • Costume design

    Erika Turunen
  • Dramaturgical support

    Jarkko Lehmus
  • Produced by

    Johanna Nuutinen +Collaborators, Zodiak - Center for New Dance
  • Supporters

    Arts Promotion Center Finland, City of Helsinki, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Alfred Kordelin Foundation
  • Premiere date and place

    1.4.2021, Zodiak - Center For New Dance, Helsinki, Finland
  • Duration (minutes)

    45 min
  • Stage dimensions

    10m (width) x 10m (depth) x 5m (height)
  • Target group

    Youth, adults (13 + years old)