Where Does the Light Go?

    an underground journey into the subconscious rooms of memories and dreams


    Physical theatre of the mind in an underground shelter – Helsinki, Finland February 25th to March 5th, 2014

    Artistic concept and realization: Valtteri Raekallio
    Performers: Auri Ahola and Valtteri Raekallio

    ”Does a performance always present everything as the truth, or reveal a lie to the spectator?”

    The material for the performance Mihin valo katoaa? (Where Does the Light Go?) draws upon the artists’ own childhood memories. The work creates a fragentary world out of the subliminal; of uncontrolled layers of memories, dreams and shadows, with vividly visual and surreal details. The scenes and events take place in physically separate spaces in which real rooms exist alongside imaginary ones. Each space brings a different perspective of memories, dreams and fantasy in relation to the performance happening in the moment. Part installation, part dance piece, the work is constructed from the interaction of dance, theatre, surreal stage design, video and film projections, text and music.

    ”Memory has no chronology. I often find myself trying to analyze childhood emotions and memories that have survived only as fragmentary flashes, no matter how hard I try to return to them. What if one didn’t strive to recreate the truth, but would uninhibitedly exaggerate, paraphrase and plagiarize?” -VR

    “The realization of Valtteri Raekallio’s piece Where does the light go? is well executed, and the different atmospheres follow one another naturally. The dance scenes are arresting. The dancers’ ‘domestic relationship duet’ is full of wild fury and force.”
    -Jussi Tossavainen, Helsingin Sanomat

    “For Raekallio, dance seems to be natural. He doesn’t really dance – he IS dance. There was something animalistic in the coordination and surefootedness of his movements. Auri Ahola is an excellent choice as Raekallio’s partner, and together they were a strong couple whose movement flowed together seamlessly.”
    -Liisa Vihmanen, Liikekieli.com

    “Even the journey through the performance location displays skill of space and storytelling. The installation-like space is full of wonderful, metaphoric sights.”
    -Hannele Jyrkkä, Teatteri, tanssi & sirkus (Theatre, Dance & Circus magazine)

    Team: Hanna Ahti, Sinikka Alstela, Vesa Ellilä, Thomas Freundlich, Oula Kitti, Aino Koski, Marko Mäkinen, Antti Nykyri, Miika Storm, Otso Vainio
    Location manager: Teppo Pelkonen

    Realized with support from Arts Promotion Centre Finland, the Uusimaa fund of the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Culture Centre of the City of Helsinki.


    Performances Tuesday to Saturday February 25th to March 5th, 2014 at 8 pm
    Tickets 15 €

    Tickets can be purchased beforehand from the online shop (in Finnish):


    We recommend purchasing a ticket beforehand from the online store. If tickets are available, they can be purchased in cash at the foyer of Studio Elsa starting 7.30 pm on the performance evenings. We regret that we are unable to process card payments for tickets purchases on site.

    NOTE: The performance is not suitable for the disabled or children. The audience will need to walk and stand during the performance, and the performance space has stairs, high thresholds and slippery floor areas. The temperature of the performance space is approximately 15° C. The space does not have WC facilities.

    The Artists

    Valtteri Raekallio has worked as dancer with leading international and Finnish choreographers in over 50 productions in nearly 30 countries. He has danced in contemporary dance works, operas, theatre productions and dance films. Raekallio joined Helsinki Dance Company in 2006. Since 2001, he has danced in 14 works choreographed by Tommi Kitti. Currently he is the co-artistic director of Loikka dance film festival. In 2012, Raekallio worked under a one-year grant from the Finnish Culture Foundation. He has previously been the recipient of, among others, a Finnish state artists’ grant as well as grants from the Wihuri foundation and the City of Helsinki.

    Auri Ahola has worked as a dancer with the Finnish National Ballet since 2004, performing in works by major choreographers including Tero Saarinen, Ohad Naharin, Jirí Kylián and Vaslav Nijinsky, as well as the major works of the classical repertoire. As choreographer, she has performed together with viola player Atte Kilpeläinen and has worked in the Liikahdus project that combined contemporary dance and chamber music. In 2011, Ahola studied the technique of choreographer Ohad Naharin in Israel, where she continues her studies this year under a grant from the Pro Opera foundation. Ms. Ahola is currently on study leave from the Finnish National Ballet and is studying creative writing at the Orivesi College of Arts.

    Contact info

    Inquiries and information: +358 40 478 0859 / info@mvk.fi
    Tickets from the online shop: holvi.com/shop/mihinvalokatoaa

    Performance photos

    Click on the thumbnail to open the full-resolution image. Performers Auri Ahola and Valtteri Raekallio, photos by Marko Mäkinen.

    Promo photos

    Click on the thumbnail to open the full-resolution image. Performer Hanna Ahti, photos by Valtteri Raekallio.

    • Esitykset / Performances 2014

      Esitykset alkavat klo 20.00 Helsingin Kaupunginteatterin Studio Elsan lämpiöstä (Ensi Linja 2, Helsinki), josta yleisö kuljetetaan esityspaikkaan. Esityksen kesto on 60-90 min.

      The performances begin at 8 pm at the foyer of Helsinki City Theatre's Studio Elsa (Ensi Linja 2, Helsinki), from where the audience will be led to the performance space. The duration of the performance is 60 to 90 minutes.

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