Cycle City is an art experience that unfolds as you cycle, and that is spread around Helsinki. Choreographer Kira Riikonen and performance artist Tuukka Jukola’s multisensory piece invites you to dive into the different levels of the city with new eyes.
The Cycle City world and artistic experience can be accessed with your own smart phone and earphones. The experience locations form a thematic route and taking in the whole route at a relaxed pace should take approximately 2.5 hours. All cyclists can participate in Cycle City, either on your own bike or on a Helsinki City Bike.
Cycle City will include two thematic routes: the Body and the Soul.
The Body caresses the spine and the whole frame of the city. While doing so, it also leads the explorer into their personal physical experiences. The body of the rider weaves a fabric combining both history and the present day within the body of the city. the Body is a journey where the city and the body of the participant are used to reach out to those around them. It facilitates enticing encounters with oneself and with those around you, set to the tempo of a city on the move.
The Soul provokes reflections on different thoughts and perceptions surrounding the concepts of the soul. It addresses our human longing for a meaningful life and a wish to be part of something greater. If the body were the home of the soul, how would it communicate? Does listening to the soul offer guidance in moments of decision-making, and can we connect to one another at the soul level? What is explained through biology, and what lies on the other side of experience and knowledge? Where do they meet?
PRODUCTION: Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Helsinki Festival, Kira Riikonen & Tuukka Jukola in collaboration with: Helsinki City Museum, Helsinki Cyclists, Teurastamon Yrittäjät ry, Summer Cafe Kumpu, Kumpulan Botanical Garden – LUOMUS
The performance is part of Helsinki Festival programme.
Tuukka Jukola is an actor and performance artist who lives in Helsinki. During the period 2012–2018 he worked as an actor for Joensuu City Theater and Mikkeli Theatre, as well as being involved in various multi-disciplinary performances. Currently, he works as a freelancer on various immersive and multi artistic projects.
Kira Riikonen is a choreographer and performer who has been living in Helsinki since 2018. She has worked in the Finnish dance field for 20 years in various roles. She has an interest in finding ways to embody and experience layers of meanings and a text. Space and immersion in it also play a strong role in her work.
- Concept and Execution: Kira Riikonen, Tuukka Jukola
- Dramaturgy and Script: Onerva Hannula, Tuukka Jukola, Kira Riikonen
- Performers: Tuukka Jukola, Heidi Julku, Anneli Kanninen, Sara La Mela, Jaakko Nieminen, Kardo Shiwan ja Kira Riikonen
- Sound Design: Jani Orbinski
- Speaking: Tuukka Jukola, Veera Lapinkoski
- English Translation: Veera Lapinkoski
- Application and Dramaturgy on Route: Jani Orbinksi, Tuukka Jukola ja Kira Riikonen
- Visuals: Moniko
- Supporters: The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, City of Helsinki, City Bikes of Helsinki
- Premiere year: 2021
- Duration: 2h 30min – 3h
- Audience: Adults, Youth