ALIEN at New Baltic Dance 2023
ABOUT THE SHOW
ALIEN is a dance project putting focus on and strengthening local professional dance communities. ALIEN is a transformative work of art performed by various professional communities of dance around the world. With support of Big Pulse Dance Alliance, performance will be modified it from the museum space and from the theatre stage to the outdoor public place for the first time. It is studied and embodied by eight professional dancers connected to city. The structure of the work is inspired by previous treatises in Russia, Denmark and Finland with local dancers.
ALIEN is a meditative and timeless dance inspired by club and folk dance styles. A large, moving and living statue in a public place. An abstract and ritual action as well as a tribute to everyone who has experienced - or experienced themselves as a stranger.
ALIEN is a joint work, a work that is created together, and where the dancers together examine how they best - as one large common organism - under Taneli Törmä's general guidelines can dance this unison choreography.
ALIEN is an ode to dance. Can dance be just movement, timeless dance? What do different types of movement and movement to the beat of music evoke in us, both as individuals and as a group? What is the impact of community on what we experience?
Feeling of longing as an individual. We may all have a longing to be part of a larger community. A community as new as it is a thing of the past. This brings a sense of strangeness and alienation to life. Taneli want to play with thought, could this work be a tribute to those who feel alien in their lives in different ways.
ABOUT THE CREATOR
Taneli Törmä / LOCATION X is an award-winning Finnish choreographer and performing artist based in Denmark. As a teacher, performer, fundraiser, idea maker and curator, he focuses on developing the performing arts towards a more diverse, intercultural, multi-perspectival and innovative form. Taneli Törmä's / LOCATION X's works have been shown in more than 20 countries. His works have been selected twice for the Aerowaves - Dance Across Europe priority lists and he has received several international dance film prizes.
Alongside Törmä’s own work, LOCATION X has also initiated the programme DANCE ALL YEAR LONG, a mobile customised dance platform offered for different cities. Together with these municipalities, it supports other dance artists with residencies and gives an opportunity to present their work. The goal of LOCATION X is to create new bridges for contemporary dance and to find new audiences and collaboration partners for the art form - a platform for curating new perspectives and views about dance.
Taneli Törmä’s works are often immersive. He is driven by the interest to create situations and experiences that will carry a specific feeling and movement towards the public – always moved by the question on who is dancing, and how and where we can dance today in our everyday lives?
ALIEN is a Big Pulse Dance Alliance co-production, co-produced by New Baltic Dance (Lithuania) and Dublin Dance Festival (Ireland), co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, Odense Municipality.
Choreographer: Taneli Törmä
Performers: 8-10 local professional dancers