A word from the creators

It all started with the idea of stone and its shining, a vision of movement in the semi-darkness: Statuesque figures and propulsive movement. Piercings. Eruptions. The mass of movement halting into lonely moments. I am infinitely fascinated by the dialogue between massive, primitive collisions and clear-cut, aesthesized arcs of movement. The work brings to the forefront the value of movement composition, and for me it was a return to the craftsmanship of choreography. In Glow of Dimness, a primitive spirit mixes with the architectural forms of movement and space.

–Petri Kekoni

The music of the piece is based on my work Oro (1994). Oro was inspired by the folk dances of the Balkans, which were given a contemporary form in the composition. I had the idea of combining the different elements of Oro as if in a puzzle. The elements (the six circles) seek their place in time and space, until they finally meet. At the end, the original Oro is heard in full, completing the picture. An additional dimension to the music is provided by Sjón’s text, which was written specifically for the piece. Sjón’s voice was recorded according to my instructions, with the alternating tempos and emotions rendering the text into an organic space for the music.

– Jovanka Trbojevic

The stage design is sparse and very simple. In the background of my work, I have been bothered by the idea of an other side. Not so much the spiritual, post-death afterlife, but the more mundane transgressions and choices. One choice closes off all the others into another, inaccessible space. On the other hand, surprising things may resurface later in a new form. I guess it’s some kind of manifestation of the hope of acquiring wisdom.

– Tulay Schakir

Now some say it is the frozen heart of Loki, some say it is a navel, some call it pain, some call it mother…

– Sjón

Original Ensemble of the work

Choreography and concept: Petri Kekoni
Dancers: Sofia Karlsson, Maija Kiviluoto, Tanja Kuisma, Heidi Lehtoranta, Liisa Ylä-Outinen, Petri Kekoni.
Music: Jovanka Trbojevic
Lighting design: Tülay Schakir
Text and performance on recording: Sjón
Musicians: Hannu Vasara, Peter Achrén, Tuula Riisalo, Sami Mäkelä. (Avanti!)
Production: Zodiak – uuden tanssin keskus, työryhmä, Stoa
Premiere: 16.9.2005. Stoa, Helsinki
Touring performances: Barker-Teatteri, Turku November 2006, Nordic Music Days, Norrköping August 2007, Kuopio Dance Festival, Kuopio June 2008

Press Quotes

”A stunningly beautiful experience… The dance moves at the crossing of raw primitivity and intellectuality… Petri Kekoni is one of our most original choreographers, and he has managed to refine his movement into something unique.”
– Jussi Tossavainen, HS

”Petri Kekoni has proven himself as a major name in Finnish contemporary dance.”
– Tove Djupsjöbacka, HBL

”Nature has shown both its force and its beauty through this performance, and there is nothing that one can add”
– Annikki Alku, Demari