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.
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