Sunday, August 11, 2019

Taneli Törmä (FIN/DK) – Interview with our guests at L1danceFest 2019

L1danceFest 2019
Movement-based International Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts
18th annual edition organized by L1 Association in Budapest

Interview with Taneli Törmä 
Photo: Hans Kristian Hannibal-Bach and Kent Rasmussen
– Do you have any memory associated with Budapest, have you ever visited us?
– I have never been to Budapest. I know artists, who are living or are from there or have been visiting it, so I am super happy to come myself as well! 
Esa (the sound designer I am working with) has been to Budapest once before, but it has been over 10 years, so it's definitely time to come back! He remembers friendly people, hot weather, nice wine and music.  
– As far as I know you’ll be joining the L1danceFest with a completely fresh project. What will we see from you and could you tell us about your creative partners?
– Yes, at L1danceFest we will present our project for the first time in front of an audience. Me and Esa M. Mattila got invited to O Espaco Do Tempo – a sound residency program in Portugal in Summer 2018. We wanted to do a multidisciplinary research combining dance and music in a traditional go-go dance environment, in [strip] clubs. We aimed to create a 30 minutes "durational" honest go-go dance action. Stage Taneli as an object that has no real power over the audience’s reactions. To be honest for the moment and present the reality that this action is not the same anymore than in the past. The original music for the performance is being produced by Esa, whose main musical inspiration lays in the early 90's US house and techno tracks of his youth. Both of us wanted to dig into our youth one more time.
Photo: StellaKrämerHorta
– How do you prepare for the event as one of the closing performances of the festival?
– Before we come to Budapest, we will have a pre-rehearsal period in Helsinki, Finland to rememberize and finalize the project at L1danceFest.   
– What can we know about the group LOCATION X that you created? What is your role and what are your activities as such?
– Normally all the LOCATION X company projects’ impulses come from me, but sometimes I get invited to be a guest choreographer or performer for other artists’/institutions’ projects. I get easily inspired by venues, locations and situations, what will guide and challenge my work.  After I have created an idea, I find and invite artists to collaborate with me. With some artists I continue collaborating for more times but I always try to find new artists as well, who have a different kind of knowledge than me to create an inspiring collaboration. I am interested in the question what dance and choreography can be? How choreography can be the starting point still, when an other art form will take an important role in the project. For example how the performance and process outcome will be like when we create firstly the design to it, what will guide and give a clear frame for the performer. How body should collaborate with light, sound, costume, film and space. LOCATION X’s projects vary a lot in between traditional dance and performance arts, sometimes the projects take away the body and use choreography as a tool to guide other artists to create a visual art piece or a kind of a multidisciplinary collaboration project.
Last year LOCATION X created also a platform to support other dance artists – a modified dance residency program. DANCE ALL YEAR LONG’s first edition took place in 24 different venues for 24 professional guest artists in Odense, Denmark between July 2018 and June 2019. Second edition will happen in 12 different venues for 12 artists in Kokkola, Finland between January and December 2020.
– Where do you feel better at home, in Finland or in Denmark? When did Denmark become your home?
– I moved out from Finland in 2007 and moved to Denmark the first time in 2008. I have also lived in Italy and Germany. It's difficult to say, where is my home, because I am working at the moment all over Europe and that's why I am traveling most of my time. It's a way to survive as a young freelance artist. Denmark has been supporting my LOCATION X project since 2011, so I would say LOCATION X is a Danish company, but maybe I would say I am a Nordic dance artists. I don’t like to signify my country too much, because I want to have freedom to live and work anywhere, where my life will bring me. But still when I am not living in Finland, I want to keep close connection to my home country. I work there every year. It’s a huge country and there is a lot of inspiring locations and artists.
– Interview was made by Emese Kovács (L1 Association) –

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