Marianna Henriksson and Anna Mustonen continue their collaboration in bringing together the music of early Baroque and new dance. Eight musicians, five dancers and five singers reach towards each other at the large stage of Erkko Hall of Dance House Helsinki.

It is a reach that never quite arrives, bittersweet.

The ancient Greek word eros contains the notion of lack. Eros is the desire for something that is not present. As I attain it, my longing ceases. Distance is the prerequisite for erotic desire; it is moved by distance. Eros inserts itself between us and densifies the space between.

…electrified by desire so that they touch not touching -

In the performance, dance and music are often intertwined, sometimes at different tracks, continuously sharing the same space. Eight musicians, five dancers and five singers surrender to the fluctuating vibrations between dance and music. The dance and music yearn for each other, gently reaching towards one another.

- the way they intersect may feel like eros to you.

The choreography of the piece lies in the desire to approach, in the gestures of reaching out. It is dance from the moment touch has not yet taken place. It is about approaching when tentativeness and tension are allowed to be seen and the other is not taken into possession.

In early Italian Baroque music, eros is the prolonged desire of dissonances and suspensions to resolve towards consonances. Eros lies in the meaning of song lyrics intertwined with abrasions, projections and frictional reachings-out of the music. Sound fluctuates between us as vibration in the air, reaches the ear canals, and enters the body. A slight movement takes place.

For in this dance the people do not move. Desire moves. Eros is a verb.


Music: Biagio Marini - Claudio Monteverdi - Giovanni Felice Sances - Barbara Strozzi
Quotes: Anne Carson:
Eros the Bittersweet (1986)


Assembling and concept: Marianna Henriksson and Anna Mustonen
Choreography: Anna Mustonen
Musical director, harpsichord and organ: Marianna Henriksson

Performers: Hanna Ahti, Mikko Hyvönen, Anna Kupari, Pie Kär and Eleni Pierides, dance;
Tuuli Lindeberg and Sirkku Rintamäki, soprano; Teppo Lampela, alto;
Juho Punkeri, tenor; Jussi Lehtipuu, bass;

Finnish Baroque Orchestra: Anne Pekkala and Hannu Vasara, violin; Hanna Pakkala, viola; Louna Hosia, cello; Anna Rinta-Rahko, violone; Jani Sunnarborg, dulcian; Eero Palviainen, theorbo

Dramaturge: Masi Tiitta
Costume design: Piia Rinne
Lighting and set design: Heikki Paasonen
Sound design: Timo Kurkikangas

Sound technician: Anders Pohjola
Producer: Riikka Thitz / i dolci
Internship / dancer: Iiris Miettinen (Danish National School of Performing Arts / Den Danske Scenekunstskole)

Production: i dolci, Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Finnish Baroque Orchestra, Helsinki Early Music Festival
Supported by: Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Kone Foundation, Uusimaa Regional Fund of the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Residence: Santarcangelo dei Teatri (IT) / Finnish Cultural Foundation

Photo: Hertta Kiiski