Sketches on Class III

2021, Side Step Festival, Zodiak.

Costume design for the third public showing in the initiative Working Class Background Embodied.

Working Class Background Embodied sheds light on the effects of class origin on a person’s physicality, experiences, and agency. The working group includes a wide array of artists who share an interest in working with class matters.

The residency that took place during Side Step Festival and the performance sketch at the end of it are stepping stones on the way to the premiere, which will be held in the autumn season at JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre in northern Finland. 

In Sketches on Class III, the working group reveals the working processes that it uses to explore multifaceted questions of class. How does working-class background manifest in the body? How do we separate the experience of class from experiences of, for instance generation, gender and locality? 

Class drills itself into our flesh, gushes out through the sweat on our backs, lingers in our gaze, twists and turns in our insides. Each performer’s relationship to the topic brings out the diversity of class experiences. The attempt is to give space to the lived memories and imprint of class, which is a fundamental part of our identity, both concretely visible and hard to define. Experiences of class and class mobility become visible in the performance sketch through movement and text. 

Facilitating and concept: Elsa Heikkilä and Laura Lehtinen

Performers: Riina Hannuksela, Elsa Heikkilä, Soili Huhtakallio, Minna Karttunen, Heli Keskikallio, Laura Lehtinen, Aliina Lindroos, Pinja Poropudas, Anni Puuperä and Lotta Suomi

Artistic design: Elsa Heikkilä, Minna Karttunen, Heli Keskikallio, Laura Lehtinen and Teo Lanerva (lights), Josu Mämmi (sound), Mari Nurmenniemi (costumes) in collaboration with the performers

Additional working group members: Virpi Juntti, Soile Lahdenperä, Sanna Tirkkonen, Virva Talonen, Katriina Tavi and Ilkka Tolonen

Photography: Katri Naukkarinen

Supported by: Kone Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Samuel Huber Art Foundation, City of Helsinki

Production: JoJo – Oulu Dance Center, Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Arts Management Helsinki, Nollapiste Collective

In collaboration with: Tanssikoulu DCA, Stoa

Live stream: Lumikinos Production; Thmoas Freundlich, Mikael Kanerva

Director: Teo Lanerva