How do ecological poetics perform between dance, site and image?

Nature Untitled is a new work by choreographer Veli Lehtovaara, visual artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila and sound designer Jani Hietanen with an international group of artists. 

The work is presented in the form of a triptych – each of the three movements discharges on stage in a particular mode. 

The first movement, inside an empty oil silo, dances out the ghosts of exhaustion and energies consumed. The bodies fold and crackle, the steel structure purrs, the phantasms of the oil era burn only to vanish.

In the second movement, we traverse on a field road and in interstellar space. The stage is both enveloping and infinitely extending vacuum, space and ship at the same time, governed by the sound of artificial intuition. Dance wobbles and weaves, recalls and regrets the earth and its beings.

The third movement juxtaposes a primeval forest with a shopping mall. The human-made technological environment plunges into the restful depths of the old growth forests. Dancing bodies graph the divergence of forms and minds emerging within this border zone.

The work is part of Lehtovaara's artistic research (PhD) at the Theater Academy Helsinki.

Performance venues and dates

Please note! The three movements of the performance will take place in different locations.

  • Movement I, 30.10. & 31.10: Oil Silo 468 (Saaristolaivastonkatu, Kruunuvuorenranta)
  • Movement II, 6.11. & 7.11. Zodiak Stage (Cable Factory, Kaapeliaukio 3)
  • Movement III, 12.11. & 13.11. REDI shopping centre (Hermannin rantatie 5, Kalasatama)

Movement II, taking place at Zodiak Stage, is a choreographic installation organized in loops of 45min each, starting at every full hour: Sunday the 6th at 15h/16h/17h and Monday the 7th at 18h/19h/20h. One can enter and exit the performance whenever one likes."

Movement III, please bring your own headphones and a phone or a tablet with you to the mall. The ticket buyers are given a QR code, via which the soundscape of the performance can be accessed.


Choreography: Veli Lehtovaara in collaboration with the performers
Performers: Elias Girod, Anni Koskinen, Sofia Simola, Matilda Aaltonen, Erik Eriksson (SE), Inga Huld Hákonardóttir (IS), Kevin Fay (US)
Space, scenography and moving image: Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Sound design: Jani Hietanen
Costume design: Piia Rinne, Heide Vanderieck
Dramaturgical support: Merel Heering


Production: Entirely Moved
Co-production: Zodiak, Moving in November,
Institut finlandais
Productional support: Arts Management Helsinki
Recidencies: La Briqueterie CDCN Val-de-Marne (FR), wpZimmer (BE)
Supported by: Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arst Promotion Centre Finland, Dance House Helsinki / SPARKS