Meadow foregrounds the first man holding power in our lives, our fathers.
The piece is called Meadow, because my father is, in a sense, a meadow I have grown on.
And here on this Meadow I try to understand how patriarchy slipped into my life at the moment of birth.
Meadow is three dances on rhythm and transformation. It is a poem about the human capacity to change. Meadow brings oxygen to suffocating structures.
Meadow is the first collaboration between Heikki Laitinen and Janina Rajakangas. Laitinen’s merits are in folk music as a professor (Sibelius Academy), researcher and performer. Rajakangas is interested in choreographing sound and deepens her practice in combining sound, song, rhythm and movement in Meadow. Meadow is in three parts, made of a solo, duet and a quartet.
In the solo a young male molds from human to animal, sliding in the in-betweens and letting go of expectations.
In the duet, two armours are a constricting shell, despite of which dancers find liquidity, closeness and agility.
In the quartet four men the age of my father sing and dance. Simple movements undo what we expect them to do.
Choreography with performers, direction: Janina Rajakangas
Direction of choir: Heikki Laitinen
Sound design: Tuuli Kyttälä
Lighting and spatial design: Jenni Pystynen
Costume design, jewellery: Piia Rinne
Performers: Heikki Laitinen, Kauri Sorvari, Tuure Kaukua, Said Dakash, Peter Andersen, Oliver Whitehead
Producer: Ulrika Vilke
Production: Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Janina Rajakangas Project
Supported by: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Teaterstiftelsen Vivicas Vänner