Petri Kekoni Company and AVANTI! present

The Stop – Dark Matter of Art the latest work of Finnish choreographer Petri Kekoni enlightens the dark side of being an artist. The world premiere will take place in Media Center Lume in Helsinki on 13th of May 2016. World premiere for Jovanka Trbojevic’s composition will be performed by Avanti! wind quintet.

Cooperation between the choreographer and five dancers Tanja Illukka, Saku Koistinen, Meeri Lempiäinen (ent. Altmets), Pekka Louhio, and Eero Vesterinen, manifests Kekoni’s abstract but rich in form movement language.

“What happens when nothing moves, when the mind of the artist is in standstill? Stagnatic state cannot be shown outside – artist has to always be energetic and creative character. The pause makes movement visible for it allows us to process the information which we just received earlier. Yet a stop is too seldom granted the value it deserves. The art calls for standstill, just as dynamic movement needs a pause from time to time.”
– Petri Kekoni


Choreography, concept and set: Petri Kekoni
Composition: Jovanka Trbojevic
Costume design: Joanna Weckman
Lighting design: Anssi Mäkinen
Dancers: Tanja Illukka, Saku Koistinen, Meeri Lempiäinen (ent. Altmets), Pekka Louhio and Eero Vesterinen
Musicians: Avanti! wind qvinted: Helmi Malmgren, Angel Molinos, Harri Joy, Erkki Suomalainen, Alexis Routley
Photography: Pasi Orrensalo
Graphic design: Jukka Kuisma / Iasy Oy

Production: Liikkeen puolesta ry / Petri Kekoni Company
Producer: Maria Junno

Premier: 13rd of May 2016 in Helsinki
Shows: 14th, 17th, 19th, 20th and 21st of May 2016
Venue: Studio stage, Media Center Lume, Helsinki

Supported by: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, City of Helsinki Cultural Office, Madetoja Foundation, The Finnish Music Foundation and Finnish Cultural Foundation