“An enchanting performance where the visual expression and movement overlap seamlessly.” NEWSPAPER KESKISUOMALAINEN

“An enchanting performance that interlace the graphical expression and movement seamlessly.”

Face-to-Face introduces a view on the making process of one picture. The stage is
a vast paper canvas on where the picture is formed by movement imprints of three
performers: two dancers and a visual artist.

The six meters wide picture transforms scales familiar to us so that one can look
into the world of movements contained by a picture. The performance may then be
viewed both as a work of art as well as a dance performance.
In essential role are also the sound and rhythm of the drawing. With the musicians
of the Jyväskylä Symphony the tapping and soft scratching of the chalks become a
part of the composition and in the version with sound designer Tuuli Kyttälä sound
design the sound of drawing is elevated and layered to the next level.

Face-to-Face has been presented at both dance and visual arts events. The work has been included in the XXV Mänttä Art Week exhibition (2021) and Jyväskylä Dance -festival (2018).

“Did the work bring something unseen before to the field of dance? The answer is easy: it did! Something stunningly beautiful was born out of small movements. — Bright and touching experience.”

Choreography: Anni Rissanen
Visual art: Vappu Rossi
Sound design: Tuuli Kyttälä
Light consultation / projections: Tuukka Toijanniemi
Performance: Elina Häyrynen, Terhi Kuokkanen and Vappu Rossi
Musicians, Jyväskylä Symphony: Paulo Ghiglia (violin), Naoko Kinoshita (oboe) and Gil Shaked-Agababa (clarinet)
Production: Off/Balance
Funding: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Dance Center of Central Finland and City of Jyväskylä
Partners: Jyväskylä Simphony, Dance Center of Central Finland / Jyväskylä Dance -festival and City of lights -event
Premiere: 17.2.2018, Juomatehdas Studio, Jyväskylä (Fin)
Duration: 45 min.

Photos: Ari Kauppila and Matti Häyrynen

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