The Days is a collaboration between the exceptional Finnish dancers Maria Nurmela and Ville Oinonen, and English choreographer Theo Clinkard, who has built an international reputation for creating deeply affecting, visually arresting work. This intimate duet is constructed from a single physical concept that sustains and evolves throughout the work, and engenders a world of ever-shifting negotiations to examine the complexities of coexistence. Caught in a loop of impassioned exchanges, the dancers trace a journey that echoes a lifetime shared, through sublimely nuanced physicality. The Days is a compelling performance about care, resilience and the desire for connection, and delivers a profound emotional impact.
Concept, direction and design: Theo Clinkard
Realisation and Performance: Maria Nurmela and Ville Oinonen
Sound score: James Keane
Light design: Kalle Ropponen
Outside eye: Leah Marojević
Production: Inari Pesonen (Premier 2018), Maria Nurmela ja Ville Oinonen Premiere: 10.12.2018, Pori Dance Month Festival, Finland
Presented with BC Movement Arts Society
The Days was made possible as part of NORDIC BRIDGES 2022 in collaboration with Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.
Official transportation partner of Nordic Bridges: Icelandair
Supported by: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Wihuri Foundation, Riksteatern, Helsinki Festival, Studio Wayne McGregor / FreeSpace programme, Turku City Theatre, Pori Dance Company, Theatre Academy / University of the Arts Helsinki, Alexander Theatre Helsinki / Tero Saarinen Company studio, Liikelaituri, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Dance House Helsinki, TelePart / Finnish Institute in Berlin, Regional Dance Center of Western Finland, The Finnish Institute in London (Finnish Exposure 2020), Dance Info Finland – Russia Programm.
Photos by Victor Dmitriev and Karoliina Korvuo
The Global Dance Connections 2021-2022 series features exciting programs from MAYDAY, Daina Ashbee, Dumb Instrument Dance, Maria Nurmela and Ville Oinonen and Radical System Art.
All performances and events will be presented with COVID-19 protocols in line with public health advisories, to keep audiences, artists, staff and volunteers as safe as possible.
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