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.