How do environmental stimuli guide our gaze and spatial orientation?
In what ways do we exercise power through the gaze?
Why do we build meanings through our gaze where there previously were none?
Choreographer Johanna Nuutinen’s creation OPIA dives eyes first in the middle of these ever present questions relating to looking, being looked at, and forming meaning between things we see.
OPIA explores its topic through movement language spiralling into the world behind the gaze, perspective-questioning visual design and captivating soundscape.
Dancer-choreographer Johanna Nuutinen graduated from the Finnish National Opera Ballet school in 2002. In 2002 she became a member of the Finnish National Ballet and created a successful career with the company. In 2017 Johanna received a 3 year artist grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation and since the moment she has worked as a freelance artist.
Her works have been presented at over 40 international film festivals and several dance festivals in Finland and abroad. Johannas´s latest works include ANON – The Act of waiting (2018) and the multidisciplinary work IRIS (2017). Nuutinen has created commission works for Finnish National Ballet and West Australian Ballet.
More info about the artists
Direction and choreography: Johanna Nuutinen
Movement material: Johanna Nuutinen and dancers
Dance: Jenna Broas, Mia Jaatinen
Text: Johanna Nuutinen
Scenography: Joonas Tikkanen
Music and sound design: Tuomas Norvio
Costume design: Erika Turunen
Execution of the costumes: Johanna Vehmas
Dramaturgical support: Jarkko Lehmus
Technical producing: Anssi Ruotanen
Sound technic: Sami Tammela, Juuso Hannukainen
Creative Producer: Lilja Lehmuskallio
Direction and editing of the performance recording: Thomas Freundlich
Camera operators: Thomas Frendlich, Teemu Kyytinen, Mikael Kanerva
Production: Johanna Nuutinen +CO, Zodiak - Uuden Tanssin Keskus
Supporters: Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, Alfred Kordelinin säätiö, Taiteen Edistämiskeskus, Helsingin kaupunki, Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriö
Residency support: Tero Saarinen Company, Västlandsmusiken/Teatermaskinen, Dance Base
PR photos: Jonas Lundqvist
Performance photos: Kai Kuusisto