Choreography: Anne-Linn Akselsen (NORWAY)

Dramaturgy/ Text: Adrian Minkowicz

Visual artwork: Silja Puranen

Scenography: Adrian Minkowicz, Silja Puranen

Dance: Gotaute Kalmataviciute, Ruta Lelyte, Marius Pinigis, Andrius Stakele

Duration: 30-40 min.

Premiere: 2011


The projects starting point lies in the meeting between the artists, taking common points of reference in each other’s work. In her recent works Silja Puranen is dealing with freaks in the contexts of circus imagery and freak show. Restless souls who do not fulfill the expectations of conventionality and fall in their attempts to pursue general acceptance. Using the particular atmosphere and some of the characters of Silja Puranen’s work, Anne-Linn Akselsen proposes a physical language, the baroque idea of folding, using the surface of the body as a fabric that can be folded and unfolded endlessly. The dancers fold each other, alternately taking on roles of power or submission in their dancing with each other. Adrian Minkowicz links the works together, bringing them into one amalgamated expression weaving the images and choreography along. Together they are creating new stories in the interface between the different media, the directness of the visual, the presence of instant decision-making in movement and the associative power of the spoken word.    


Silja Puranen is a textile artist based in Tuusula, Finland. She received her education from Kuopio Institute of Art and Design and later studied aesthetics in University of Helsinki. The author of more than 20 personal exhibitions and participant of more than 100 group exhibitions at home and aboard, in her works she focuses on the unforeseen process of life and the contrast between reality and the commonly accepted ideals in life.

Anne-Linn Akselen is a Norwegian dance artist, based in Brussels. She is a graduate from the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studies) in Brussels, under the direction of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker.

Adrian Minkowicz is a multifaceted artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a director, playwright and actor. Adrian founded in 2009 together with Anne-Linn Akselen, the company “Human Works”.     



2011 LITHUANIA Kaunas


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