crystal pieces: human beings

“The movement and presence of the dancers feels like tingling on the skin: one would like to touch and follow them with movement. The boundary between performers and the audience crumbles. – – – And then, suddenly, a scream begins, which becomes a furious roar. The atmosphere is electrified and gets a little confused as well. We are following a primary, shamanistic ritual.” NEWSPAPER KESKISUOMALAINEN

“Who are we really? Human beings, who seem to be ancient riddles and ever-
changing creatures.”

Guided by three performers crystal pieces: human beings examines humanity,
consciousness and being together. Performance creates odd and unprecedented
circumstances between the audience and the performers by moving energy,
people, sound and sensations in space. Through their own choices audience
members make the experience personal.

Performed in art museums and galleries crystal pieces: human beings opens every
sense to sounds, movement, shapes and shades of dusk. Within art venues
observations of nearness and touch become a part of the performance just as visual, audible and kinesthetic observations. Sensitizing creates a humane encounter between the audience, performers and art.

crystal pieces: human beings is the second part of a collaboration during years
2016-2017 with Brussels based choreographers Mikko Hyvönen and Veli Lehtovaara.

After its premiere episode, crystal pieces: human beings has visited the Helsinki Contemporary gallery (2016), Zodiak- New Dance Center’s visiting program (2018) and Tanssivirtaa Tampereella contemporary dance festival (2017).

”What if feelings are energy and energy is matter? Can human be made of feelings?
I feel you. You feel us.
How do we affect each other? How are we connected?”

“This was cool, strange, sporty, shamanistic and intimate. Even a bit religious and sexy.”

“crystal pieces: human beings was amazing. I wasn’t the only one who wanted to scream along with the performers.”


“The movement and presence of the dancers’ tickles the skin: i makes one
want to touch and follow also otherwise besides looking. The line between performers and audience crumbles.

– – –

And then, all of a sudden, begins yelling that intensifies into frantic bellowing.
The atmosphere electrifies, even bemuses. We are following a primitive, shamanistic ritual.”


Choreographer: Mikko Hyvönen
Performers: Mikko Hyvönen, Terhi Kuokkanen and Jaakko Nieminen
Music: Stav Yeini
Production: Off/Balance
Funding: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Dance Center of Central Finland and City of Jyväskylä
Partners: Routa Company, Jyväskylä Art Museum and Helsinki Contemporary
Premiere: 17.11.2016, Jyväskylä Art Museum, Jyväskylä
Duration: 40-60 min.

Photos: Matti Häyrynen

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