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IRIS - Johanna Nuutinen (BIDFF)


performance, 55’, FI

presented by Bucharest International Dance Film Festival

Choreographer | Johanna Nuutinen

Film Script | Johanna Nuutinen, Jukka Rajala-Granstubb

Cinematographer | Jukka Rajala-Granstubb

Performers on stage | Nathalie Ruiz, Yvan Auzely

Composers | Tuomas Norvio, Tapani Rinne

Light Designer | Joonas Tikkanen

Costume Designer | Minttu Vesala

The content for the piece has been collected by interviewing 17 people in their 80s – 90s. The project started from our curiosity to explore what one wants to speak about when there is not much life left to live anymore and which type of memories have been the most meaningful? What does a person with so much life experience want to tell us if we stop, listen and offer our immediate presence? The material from these interviews has now been distilled into five surrealistic stories which create a journey traveling between the sensitive stage scenery and raw landscapes on film.

On stage we see two mature and renowned performers whose actions happen in sync with the films. Nathalie Ruiz is a former Cullberg ballet dancer and she has also worked with Twyla Tharp, Martha Graham and Kenneth Kvarnström. Yvan Auzely is a former soloist dancer of Cullberg Ballet and still one of the most trusted dancers of Mats Ek.

The multidisciplinary work explores the themes of strength, desire and survival through the mediums of dance, film and photography.


Johanna Nuutinen (FI)

Johanna Nuutinen began her career as a member of  the Finnish National Ballet, dancing soloist parts in works by Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Johan Inger, Jacobo Godani, Sylvie Guillem, John Neumeier, Jorma Elo and Jorma Uotinen among others, as well as created her own productions to the stage and on film. In 2017 Johanna received a 3 year artist grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation and at the moment she works as a freelance artist. In 2013 Johanna created a short dance film ME – The Story of a Performance in collaboration with filmmakers Jopsu and Timo Ramu (MUSUTA Ltd.). So far the film has been presented at over 40 international dance and design film festivals . Her solo production HATCHED is also becoming an international success having been premiered in Hong Kong and continued touring in Russia and Finland. In 2017 she premiered two new works - IRIS and ROOM.

“Identity, metamorphosis and the durational aspect of a performance are topics I very often find myself exploring. I´m interested in multidisciplinary collaborations and I like to mix dance, visual art, film and photography in order to create multidimensional worlds. With my works I desire to offer a visceral journey which shakes your emotions, wakes up your kinaesthetic empathy and makes you question and see the subject at hand in a new light.”
Johanna Nuutinen

Bucharest International Dance Film Festival is a project organised by Tangaj Dance Association, supported by Romanian Film Center, Romanian Cultural Institute, The Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Iceland in Bucharest, British Council and Balassi Institute. The hosts and partners of the festival are: Elvire Popesco Cinema  (The French Institute in Bucharest), The National Dance Center in Bucharest, LINOTIP - Independent Choreographic Center, DESCHIS Atelier, DESCHIS Gastrobar and Qreator.

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