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Premiere
OPIA

Direction and choreography: Johanna Nuutinen
Dance: Jenna Broas, Justus Pienmunne
Spatial and lighting design: Joonas Tikkanen
Sound design and music: Tuomas Norvio
Costume design: Erika Turunen
Dramaturgy: Jarkko Lehmus
Production: Johanna Nuutinen +CO, Zodiak
Supported by: Finnish Cultural Foundation, Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Art Promotion Centre Finland
Residency support: Tero Saarinen Company, Västlandsmusiken/Teatermaskinen, Dance Base
Photo: Jonas Lundqvist

Post-performance discussions on Tue, May 19 and Sat, May 23

Strobe light is used in the performance.

Tickets: 30,50/24,50/16,50 €

ZODIAK STAGE

Tue 12.5. 19:00 Premiere
Thu 14.5. 19:00
Fri 15.5. 19:00
Sun 17.5. 15:00
Tue 19.5. 19:00
Wed 20.5. 19:00
Fri 22.5. 19:00
Sat 23.5. 15:00

Johanna Nuutinen: OPIA

OPIA - n. the ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable--their pupils glittering, bottomless and opaque--as if you were peering through a hole in the door of a house, able to tell that there's someone standing there, but unable to tell if you're looking in or looking out.

How do we read images and create meaning in the spaces between the images? How does the meaning of what we see change, when the order of the images or actions or the information surrounding them changes?

Choreographer Johanna Nuutinen’s new creation OPIA dives eyes first into the ever present questions relating to looking, being looked at, how do we perceive form and how do we form meaning from what we see.

No one person sees the meaning of a thing in the same way as the person next to them. We constantly fill in the missing information and construct filters that change the meaning of what we perceive. We all live within a personal illusion that we have constructed based on our previous experiences. How can we encounter each other and find ways to communicate when we literally can’t see eye to eye?

OPIA explores the world behind the gaze through virtuoso dance, surrealistic space design and captivating soundscape. The work takes the shape of a triptych where the three parts can be seen as separate works or as one whole.