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15.3.2018 17:00 to 19:00 16.3.2018 17:00 to 19:00

CANCELLED | Z-free: Ismo-Pekka Heikinheimo

Choreographer Ismo-Pekka Heikinheimo's Z-free performances from this spring have been cancelled due to illness.

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In his Z-Free period choreographer Ismo-Pekka Heikinheimo works with his new series of works Tanssin sinua / I Dance You. He describes his work as follows:

“I want to build a mutual experience with shared space and a performance where I improvise a dance for one spectator at a time. The spectator arrives and sits on a chair; I focus, then start to dance. My wish is that we could experience something at the same time together and individually. Without talking, without explanations, just sensing each other.

The experience will be shaped by the different physical realities of two different individuals, but can simultaneously also be shared through physical connection and the wordless, physical production of knowledge. My experience would not exist without the other person's experience. The experience of sameness and the possibility of understanding the other may exist.

I Dance You is about coming together and exchanging thoughts without words, and about self-expression. It is interaction with one dancing and the other watching. It is being in relation to another person. Dancing and watching turn the performer and the spectator into a collective entity that strives to capture the current possibilities of being-in-the-world. The duration of the dance varies and depends on the situation, but its maximum length is seven minutes.

The Z-Free concept enables me to experiment with a series of works I have planned for 2019. It consists of improvisations performed for an audience of one, a choreographed ensemble piece inspired by the improvisations for one person, and the interpretations of material recorded in the improvisation sessions by video artists.”

Spectators are asked for permission to be filmed during the performances, and are asked to give feedback after the performance by telling about their experience on video or sound recording using speech, dance, drawing, writing, painting or sculpting. Other modes of expression may also be available if needed. From the feedback station the comments are processed to an exhibition station, where anyone can explore the audience feedback in a novel form.

The performance can be given to 24 people altogether during the two days. Registrations by email to, from March 1 onwards.