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an interdisciplinary performance

𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒖𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 is an intense and ecstatic dance show with live music and light. The work deals with desires, hopes and dreams. States of might and meekness frame the gradient from control to surrender.

The duet of dancer Susanna Ylikoski and bass player Jonathan Nagel perform within a light installation by artist Ellen Knops. The piece develops slowly out of small repetitive movements and sounds. From restful stillness, the choreography evolves more and more into outbursts of power and emotion. Likewise, soft chamber music sounds gradually transform into magnificent electronic soundscapes. The slow buildup creates a meditative and trance-like atmosphere, that grows into an exploration of the limits of cognition and perception.

A choreography for a solo dancer, a composition for a solo musician - a setup which allows for just about anything to happen, as there is plenty of space. At the same time it bears the threat of feeling utterly naked and vulnerable. Within a setting of continuously increasing volume, speed and intensity, it is easy to reach the limits of what one can achieve on their own. The higher the ambition, the bigger the risk to fail. A situation that many of us can relate to in their personal and professional lives. The more we try to hold on to control and power, the more difficulties arise.

With 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒖𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚, we dive deep into this loss of control, in a search for peaceful and loving ways to embrace surrender and accept it not as failure but as a source of new energy.



Concept, sound, and composition: Jonathan Nagel

Choreography and dance: Susanna Ylikoski

Lights: Ellen Knopps

Premier: Oude Kerk Rotterdam Charlois (NL), July 2021

Furhter Shows:

Dock11 Theater Berlin, January 2023
Fringe Festival Gothenburg, September 2022

Fringe Festival Turku (FI), May 2022

Kuhlspot Berlin (DE), September 2022

Maarten Luther Kerk Amsterdam (NL), July 2021

Helperkerke, Groningen (NL), July 2021

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