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.
My father is a knight. I am a girl, who waits for the prince to come.
I decorate the performers and they sing. I ask them to do things my father would not do.
I caress the chest of an old man, take a great power-holding creature into my arms.
The skin is soft and fragile.
Meadow is a place made of sounds and movement. You can start taking down patriarchy there.
Meadow is the first collaboration between Heikki Laitinen and Janina Rajakangas. Meadow is formed in collaboration with professional and non-professional performers.
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
Producer: Ulrika Vilke
Production: Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Janina Rajakangas Project
Supported by: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, City of Helsinki