Raekallio Corp. (FI)

School of Life
| Thursday 10 February
At 10:00 – 11:30
Tanssin talo - Dance House Helsinki / Lobby

School of Life is a site-specific work about school bullying and the traces it leaves. The performance explores a societally important topic through a process that brings together professional dancers and high school students.
The immersive performance takes place in a school building. The audience listen to the text of the performance through headphones and can move freely from scene to scene. The school building becomes a multidimensional labyrinth that illuminates the dynamics of bullying, bringing to light the lifelong traces left by mental and physical abuse, while offering a collective experience of reflection and reconciliation.

Artist / Company Bio

Raekallio Corp. is an independent dance company based in Helsinki, Finland, presenting the work of choreographer/director Valtteri Raekallio. His choreographic work explores the boundaries between multiple art forms. He creates bold performances that combine complex narratives and themes with strong visual imagery and well-crafted movement.
Raekallio Corp. produces immersive and site-specific works, as well as stage productions designed for international touring and dance film projects. The company was awarded the Finland Prize in 2019.

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  • Artistic concept & choreography

    Valtteri Raekallio
  • Based on the novel

    Off The Ground by Antti Rönkä
  • Dancers

    Mirva Mäkinen and Eero Vesterinen
  • Pianists

    Liisa Smolander and Mikael Loponen
  • Other performers

    10 local high schools students
  • Set design

    Aku Meriläinen
  • Lighting design

    Lauri Lundahl
  • Sound design

    Aki Päivärinne
  • Produced by

    Production: Raekallio Corp.
    Co-production: Finnish National Theatre
    Residency support: Shawbrook Dance, Ireland
  • Supporters

    City of Helsinki, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Promotion Center Finland
  • Premiere date and place

    13.1.2022, Kaisaniemi School, Helsinki, Finland
  • Duration (minutes)

    70 min
  • Stage dimensions

    Site specific / can be adopted to different school buildings
  • Target group

    Ages 15 and up / for adult audience