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The Beast | photo: Sari Tervaniemi | in the photo: Sanna Kekäläinen

THE BEAST - A Book in an Orange Tent (2011)

The pivotal element on the stage is an old 1970's orange dome tent.
From the tent, the stage opens up for the audience as a locus of memory and the meaning of memory.

The themes of the work are universal. The inside and the outside, borderline and marginal identities
and global political conflicts are all interlaced within the mental landscape.

Kekäläinen, the beast, the performer (protagonista) and the subject of the event, observes the world
from the viewpoint of exaggeration and catastrophe.

But the tent is also a stanza, a "room", the traditional unit in art and poetry.
The concept of stanza has reputedly been borrowed to the West from classical Arabic poetry, where
it was called bait, a tent, and was used to denote the verse in which the object of desire was expressed.

Script, choreography, text, set design and dance: Sanna Kekäläinen
Choreographer's assistant: Lilja Lehmuskallio
Media art: Sini Haapalinna
Lighting design: Heikki Paasonen
Production: K&C Kekäläinen & Company / Kiasma Theatre.
With support from Dansens Hus, Stockholm

Premiere: 27.11.2011 at Kiasma Theatre
Performances: 30.11. and 2./4./7./9./11./14./16./18.12.2011

Visited:
Il Giardino delle Esperidi Festival, June 2013, Campsirago/Italy
CINARS Biennale, November 2012, Montreal/Canada
Bühne der Kulturen, October 2012, Cologne/Germany
XV International Dance Theatres Festival, November 2011, Lublin/Poland


The Beast | photo: Ella Tommila / KKA | in the photo: Sanna Kekäläinen

The Beast | photo: Ella Tommila / KKA | in the photo: Sanna Kekäläinen

The Beast | photo: Ella Tommila / KKA | in the photo: Sanna Kekäläinen




 

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