Tomi Paasonen (FI)

Attitude / Pas de Q

Saturday 17 February At 10:00 – 11:30
VEGA Scene

In «Attitude», two queer ballet dancers discover new possibilities of using the pointe shoe as an instigator of movement and choreography. Joined by a drag performer they weave autobiographical stories into a tapestry of queer aesthetics and chronologies of self-discovery.

«Pas de Q» is a queer take-over of Jules Perrot’s 1845 ballet divertissement Pas de Quatre, in which Paasonen invites four queer ballet dancers on pointe and in drag along the designer team, who all are also Berlin drag performers, to reinvent the choreographic forms and traditions of the romantic era.

Artist / Company Bio

Choreographer and artistic director Tomi Paasonen’s international ballet career ended abruptly due to an accident and led him to create over 70 eclectic stage productions in three decades. After working as an artistic director in Finland, he returned to the stage after 24 years of absence with a comeback solo trilogy, leading him to close the circle by investigating his ballet roots from a queer contemporary perspective.


  • Choreography, costumes and soundtrack

    Tomi Paasonen
  • Dancers

    Kai Braithwaite and Ted Littlemore
  • Drag Performer

    Gieza Poke
  • Light design

    Bryan Schall
  • Dancers

    Kai Braithwaite, Joel Small / Reflectra, Llewellyn Mnguni, Leonardo Mancuso
  • Music, composition, performance

  • Set design, technical installation, performance

    Colin Comfort / Gieza Poke
  • Illustrations, performance

    Rory Midhani
  • Light design, performance

    Bryan Schall / Nana Schewitz
  • Costume design, performance

    Anne Marine Fidler / Poppycox
  • Production management

    Alex Dimitriou
  • Production assistant

    Yuko Matsuyama
  • Premiere date and place

    «Attitude» 14.04.2022 Dock11, Berlin / «Pas de Q» 01.12.2022 Sophiensæle Festsaal, Berlin