Outoliini (Oddling) looks at the moments in close relationships (family, friends, lovers, partners) where the societally constructed human in us steps into the background and enjoyment of being with a loved one emerges. In Outoliini we concentrated on non-sexual encounters. This limitation gave space to the naive, playful, flirtatious, and more-than-human forms of moving.
My personal inspiration for Outoliini was my way of being at home and with my dearest friends. In this sense, Outoliini is a semi-autobiographical dance performance. To give a glimpse of how I behave with loved ones I prepared a list:
I stare at someone's armpit until they let me into their embrace
when I see my bestie across the street and we do a funny dance out of pure joy
I suddenly turn into a four-legged animal in our living room to get your attention
looking at something really close, for example staring at the small hairs in velvet for ten minutes
Outoliini is a sibling of Intimate scenes solo I made in 2021.
Disorientation, Somagics and Sara Ahmed
In Outoliini we concentrated on disorientation as a method to direct movement. Disorientation and behavior with loved ones have similarities since both moments fool the person one way or another to act in a non-normative way. The theoretical framework of our work comes from Sara Ahmed's book Queer Phenomenology, where she opens the concept of disorientation from a phenomenological framework. Outoliini continues my research with Somagics, a practice where perception is at the center.
Choreography: Laura Jantunen
Performers: Pauliina Sjöberg, Iiris Miettinen and Laura Jantunen
Composer: Leevi Räsänen
Lighting design: Ilmari Pesonen
Scenography: Miina Kujala
Dramaturg: Pipsa Enqvist
Costume design, execution and ryijy: Laura Jantunen
Performer during rehearsal period and voice coaching: Sofia Keto-Tokoi
Vocals in the recordings: Sofia Keto-Tokoi, Pauliina Sjöberg, Iiris Miettinen, Leevi Räsänen and Laura Jantunen
Poster: Sirkku Rosi
Performance photos: Jere Aalto