Z-free: Elina Hauta-aho
Elina Hauta-aho: Flow of Death
Z-free is Zodiak's residency concept where selected artists are given the opportunity to present their working methods, work on their ideas and engage the audience in the creative process.
Flow of Death, a companion piece to And Life (premiere in 2020) opens spaces for coexistence with death and mortality. Our process explores what the death of the physical body and the continuous destruction and regeneration of cells means as a physical and experiential event. We look for a chain of past generations in our physical memory and investigate various rituals, spiritual notions and beliefs associated with death.
Flow of Death is based on personal physical/spiritual experiences of the subject. It is also influenced by literature that permeates the theme, and by the open nature of the process. Some of our rehearsals along the way are open for all our colleagues.
Flow of Death suggests an empathic point of view to everything that exists: we are all similarly fragile, mortal, decaying, rotting, unique, momentary and able to give birth to something new.
At the moment of death, everything assumes a position of equality. Death can make the meaning of life shine brightly; it removes the unnecessary detritus from around us.
We allow death to become visible. Although death is an inseparable part of everything that lives, it is often felt to be something frightening, sad, strange and alien. We stop to marvel at the constant dialogue between life and death. The process behind Flow of Death allows us and our performance to open towards death and everything that becomes important when approaching death.
Workgroup: dancers Elina Hauta-aho, Aino Voutilainen, Laura Pietiläinen and Linda Priha; sound designer Jouni Tauriainen, spatial and lighting designer Anttoni Halonen and costume design consultant Maria Sirén.