Quartetto’s composition was born as a result of a coming together. Three dancers and a sound designer share the same space, come to contact with each other and communicate through motion. What emerges is the individual as a performer: human beings simply enjoying becoming seen and taking command of their own personal space.
The performance is a gentle yet radical comment on the right of people classified as intellectually disabled to be regarded as dancers, performers and participants in the society – as people with senses, desires and yearnings.
Quartetto is the first collaboration between choreographer Kati Raatikainen and the performers. It was born out of a process that has drawn on the lives and the experiences of the participants, and is guided by the choreographer’s personal philosophy of performance.
Quartetto premiered at the Kokkola Winter Dance festival in February 2019.
The visit is made possible by the Regional Dance Centre of Ostrobothnia.
Choreography: Kati Raatikainen
Dance: Maria Lahti, Jarmo Patana, Sanna Tornikoski
Sound design and performance: Markku Essel
Spatial and lighting design: Milla Martikainen
Costume design: Roosa Marttiini
Supported by: Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Keski-Pohjanmaa Fund, Arts Promotion Centre in Finland, Keskipohjanmaa Foundation
Premiere: 8.2.2019, Kokkola City Threare
Photos: Ulla Nikula