Meadow (Orig. Niitty)

Janina Rajakangas Project

Meadow is three dances presented next to each other. They all present
choreography as a practice of rhythm and transformation.

In the first dance a soloist creates an accumulative environment with their
movement morphing from abstract movement to bird, to an antique
soldier. Making us realise the fluidity and changing rhythm of our being.
Second introduces a community of elderly men. Their collaborative body
rumbling and swaying. They tap, stroke and sing, forming one, big, sound-
filled body. They are choreography, a community, a composition, a choir
and a herd.
In the third dance two movers dressed in full armour make their way up
and down a structure built on stage. They become liquid in the metallic
frame. They challenge what can be done and sensed in an armour.

Biography

In its next three works, Janina Rajakangas Project will be breaking down
the structures of patriarchy by seizing on everyday power relations. We
explore paternal relationships (Meadow 2021), the eroticisation of a
teenage girl (Venus 2022) and inclusivity as choreography (Dancer 2023).

Our previous works are: Dinosaur 2015, Teen 2017, Canary 2018 and Over
Your Fucking Body 2019. The Project’s pieces have been shown at Zodiak –
Center for New Dance, Moving in November festival, Kiasma Theatre, and
The Place Theatre London. At the core of what we do is audience
involvement in the piece’s process.

Credits

  • Choreography, Direction: Janina Rajakangas
  • On Stage: Kauri Sorvari, Tuure Kaukua, Heikki Laitinen and 4 voluntary performers
  • Sound Design: Tuuli Kyttälä
  • Direction of Choir: Heikki Laitinen
  • Light Design: Jenni Pystynen
  • Spatial Design: Jenni Pystynen
  • Costume Design: Piia Rinne
  • Production: Ulrika Vilke
  • Production: Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Janina Rajakangas Project
  • Supporters: Arts Promotion Centre Finland
  • Premiere year: 2021
  • Duration: 90 min
  • Audience: Adults, Youth
  • Stage dimensions: 10m x 10m x 6m

Contact Janina Rajakangas Project

Producer Ulrika Vilke

ulrika.vilke@gmail.com