Actions x Figures
choreography: Mikko Makkonen
music & sound design: Viljami Lehtonen
scenographer: Kristian Palmu
dramaturgist: Eira Virekoski
dance: Geoffrey Erista, Simeoni Juoperi, Pie Kär, Iiro Näkki, Oskari Turpeinen
Actions x Figures takes critical analysis and deconstruction of hypermasculinity as its starting point.
Hypermasculinity refers to the social and cultural construction of masculinity by putting emphasis on aggression, power, sexuality and a limited scale of emotional expression.
The performance aims to strip hypermasculine iconography of its forcefulness and to revolt through the body. It exhibits symptoms, reflects, strives for a balanced bodily existence and gives certain attributes a shake-up through multi-voiced assertion.
Actions x Figures is a study motivated by personal histories, body images, bodily qualities, cultural repetition, interactions, the private and the collective body and the construction and the interpretation of their meanings.
The sound of the performance is based on glides and gradual transformation – playing with the binary and what lies between.
The sound design was nominated for Säde-award for the best sound design of 2020 in the performative arts in Finland.