Joy contains melancholy and many different shades; it is laughter and crying side by side. Joy comes out of facelessness and darkness, is renewed, and shares the space with the audience. Joy Riot, bursting with energy, smoke and body hair, moves from riot and chaos towards harmony. What is it that brings joy?
The five theses of Joy Riot are:
- We are dancing animals and we need to move around!
- Mending and making whole are part of the experience of joy.
- Motion means energy and enjoyment.
- The working process and the performance should nurture everyone involved.
- It is time to bring joy back to the stage.
The movement material of the performance is based on the energy economies and recycling methods of traditional Chinese medicine, various martial arts, and the Passing Through and Flying Low dance techniques developed by David Zambrano, which Sari Palmgren has studied. The workgroup looks for ways to maintain the energy and the joy in different stages of their work.
Welcome back to life!
Joy Riot comes from a three-year residence project called Creative Meeting Point: Hong Kong x Finland (2016–2019) between Zodiak – Centre for New Dance, Dance Info Finland and the West Kowloon Cultural District. During the project, Palmgren became familiar with local artists and the dance scene in both Finland and Hong Kong while working in six difference residences.
The current performance is inspired especially by energy work with dancer, choreographer Wayson Poon and Palmgren’s meeting with costume designer Kay Wong.
The working group was in residency at Zodiak during the summer 2020. Here are some impressions from that working period.
Choreography and direction: Sari Palmgren and working group
Performers: Minna Karttunen, Oskari Turpeinen, Kaisa Niemi, Krista-Julia Arppo
Lighting design: Heikki Paasonen
Sound design: Joonas Pehrsson
Costume design: Siru Kosonen
Supported by: Samuel Huberin Taidesäätiö, Taiteen Edistämiskeskus, Suomen Kulttuurirahasto
Production: Zodiak, Stoa, Sari Palmgren
Shooting for the residency video: the working group
Editing: Sinem Kayacan / Zodiak
Teaser video shooting and editing: Sinem Kaycan / Zodiak
Sound: Joonas Pehrsson