and then they left is a puddle and an ocean of lies, liquids and truths. It is a watery yet dry magic trick that wants to fall towards an uncategorised space and pleasure.

hot, wet and tired bodies (figure) floating in decades of saliva
vivid logic open mouth waiting for the arrival
Hot, wet and tired
Body waters poured into the river, waiting their rider/diver
Count your tears while i wash away your fears
and lay me bare me open try me lie to me
water water me, mother medea milk me
I’m hot, wet and tired
slippery and moist, lies turn into fire
who is a lier? who lied? wo ist lier? wer ist lier?
water water me and lay me bare me open try me lie to me
I swear, I swear so long my tongue will strangle you
hot, wet and tired, open your mouth

The working group has been inspired by baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi’s (1593-1653) work, and the myth of Medea based on Euripides`s ancient Greek tragedy Medea (431 BC), where Medea kills her children as an act of revenge for Iasons betrayal. In Gentileschi’s paintings revenge is an artistic choice to alter the positions of power in her paintings. The performance is not a new version of Medea; instead it pursues to grasp these historical references through a feminist reading, to embody these questions in current times.

and then they left positions itself in an intergenerational continuum, contemplates the questions of revenge, righteousness, violence and agency in relation to the position of socialized women. The choreography is a momentary confrontation, traveling through the poesis of sorrow and pleasure.


Concept, choreography, performance: Suvi Kemppainen, Kaisa Nieminen, Marika Peura
Lighting design: Mateus Manninen
Sound design: Niklas Niki Blomberg
Costume design: Kaisa Nieminen, Marika Peura
Residency: Bora Bora Residency Centre / NREP - Nordic Residency Exchange Program
Supported by: Alfred Kordelinin säätiö, Taiteen edistämiskeskus
Pictures: Venla Helenius
Production: Zodiak; Kemppainen, Nieminen, Peura

Video teaser:
Filming and editing:
Sara Forsius
Sound: Niklas Niki Blomberg
Lighting: Mateus Manninen
Thank you Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth for the space.