Our social democratic bodies was made to ask how one of the basis of Finnish society’s welfare, social democracy, could be approached choreographically and in a performative manner. The performance is a mapping of how the generation born in the 1970's in Northern Europe have experienced their surroundings and the manners attached to education and the social realm in general. The premiere took place close to the Finnish parliamentary elections 2011. Still, the approaches and meanings of the piece apply to any time and place in the current world. The piece is funnily sad or sadly funny in it’s tone.
In the end, the piece also asks what is ‘we’ in the current times? The names of the piece's episodes include ‘Dancing the War Away’, ‘My first Marimekko’, ‘Right to care’, ‘More coffee?’ and ‘The most beautiful hymns'.
Our social democratic bodies is the first part in Maija Hirvanen’s performance series Operation We. The trilogy looks at the differences and similarities of people who believe in democracy.
Choreography and direction Maija Hirvanen
Performers Satu Herrala, Eeva Muilu, Miikka Tuominen
Lighting design, set design Heikki Paasonen
Dress design Jouko Korkeasaari, Ville Häkkinen
Images Aada Niilola
Production Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Maija Hirvanen
supported by the National Council for Dance