Kekäläinen & Company _ BODY – Fragments of the Human Body

Choreography and concept: Sanna Kekäläinen Dance: Sanna Kekäläinen, Johanna Rantanen Music: Aake Otsala Lighting designer: Matti Jykylä Costume designer: Riitta Röpelinen Text: Kari Hukkila Graphic designer: Olli Turunen Producer: Laura Käpyaho Premiere 6 November 2002 Duration 60 min

IMAGES – SENSATIONS – BODIES To sense reveal, allow, be born, breathe, merge, blend, politicize, be at mercy, look, outline identity, tremble.

The work approaches human body from three different angles: historical (political), private (personal) and physical. It deals with the dilemma of a modern man: what does the physical reality mean to us today? It also looks how human being has reflected itself through different ages.

From a review “In this work body is not only a personal experience. It is also very much public, conceptual and political place. The female dancers in the work, Sanna Kekäläinen herself and Johanna Rantanen, have processed and absorbed this demanding challenge so well, that the viewer can see in their dancing bodies the widest range of different kinds of ideas about the body.” “In its entirety BODY is a courageous and heavy statement which makes you consider body deeper than just superficially.” KAISA KURIKKA, TURUN SANOMAT, Finland, November 2002

Kekäläinen & Company produces Finnish dance at its best. The mission of the company is to promote dance as an intellectual art form with strong emotional and political potential. The creator of the company is Sanna Kekäläinen, choreographer and dancer. Her work expands the experience of a dance performance combining poetical and conceptual thinking, philosophy and strongly physical and original movement language. The international dialogue in dance is and has been essential to Kekäläinen & Company. Since its birth in 1996 the company has toured extensively. The company has been recognized highly artistic, courageous and outstanding around the world. Sanna Kekäläinen received Young Finland, a prize for the Arts as a first dancer ever in 1994.