Annika Tudeer uses the ballet Swanlake as a framework for the performance and deals with the fact that the idea of making Swanlake into a solo was not such a great idea after all. “My intention was to make a solo of Swanlake, Very soon I realised that the template felt both stuffy and dated. However much I tried, I could not be too enthusiastic about the story of a young man that falls in love with a swan on his coming to age birthday. Yet I was drawn to Swanlake. The challenge to make something intimate of something on that grand scale was of course tiltillating. ”.
Apart from Swanlake the solo consist of autobiographical strands and Annika returns to her life in literature- and gender studies in the 1990’s, and to her experience of dance analysis and dance criticism.
Annika Tudeer graduated from Helsinki University with a MA in literature after working as a dancer and choreographer in the 1990’s. Annika Tudeer founded the performance company Oblivia in 2000. She is a performer in and artistic director of Oblivia. She worked as a critic writing on new trends in dance and performing arts nationally and internationally until 2004. She is a founding member of Performance Center in Helsinki and of Mad House, a venue for performance and live art in Helsinki. In 2014 she was awarded a 5-year artist grant from the Arts Council Finland.
Annika does Swanlake has been processed at Mad House, ESKUS and at the Mykorhizzia residency at Uferstudios, Berlin.
Working group: devising, performing: Annika Tudeer, sound: Juuso Voltti, costume: Tua Helve, dramaturgy: Lina Teir, Timo Fredriksson. Production: Marina Andersson-Rahikka/Oblivia
Funded by TAIKE, Svenska kulturfonden and KULKE
Annika does Swanlake, Saturday 3.10.2015 at 7-8pm + Afterwork discussion, Kutomo, tickets 7/5 € / in English
Annika gör Svansjön, Sunday 4.10.2015 at 6-7pm, Kutomo, tickets 7/5 € / in Swedish