Järvenpää: Portuguese Man O’War
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Choreography and dance: Jouni Järvenpää

Production: Flow Productions, Maria Littow

Supported by: Finnish Cultural Foundation, Alfred Kordelin Foundation and National Council for Dance

Premiere: Friday, Oct 5, at 8pm, in the space of Oulun Tähtisirkus, Kurkelantie 2 (Värttö), Oulu

Other performances: Sat, Oct 6 at 3pm, Sun, Oct 7 at 3pm, Tue Oct 23 at 3pm and Wed Oct 24 at 9pm.

Tickets: 12/10 €. Tickets sold at the door, prebooking: maria@flowprod.fi

Portuguese Man O’War is a contemporary dance solo performance choreographed especially for Maria Littow’s  installation. The dancing uses the installation both as its terrain and map of events. The dancer tries to dance in several places at the same time, and also to make many moments happen in one space. Portuguese Man O’War draws its inspiration neither from Portugal nor men of war, but from simultaneity and parallelism, and from comparativeness and symbioses.

Jouni Järvenpää is a choreographer and dancer. He graduated at 2002 from School of New Dance Development (Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten), concentrating in improvisation. After graduation Järvenpää has worked in the Netherlands as well as in Finland. He is a founding member of Näytelmäryhmä and has worked eg. in Unfinished Company (the Netherlands) and in the dance thEATer Jumbo – the edge of Oulu dance. His recent choreographies include eg. Vaihdokas, Osaka and Aivot.