Anna Maria Häkkinen
Anna Maria Häkkinen’s newest work takes minimalist dance as a point of departure, exploring the sublime through ideas of surrender, release, tempo, autonomy and cooperation. Collaborating with an emerging generation of New York dance artists, Häkkinen reinterprets Judson Dance Theater figure Lucinda Childs, creating a bridge between the past and the present through an original score featuring a harpist and electronic dance music.
Afterglow, low lingering slips of light
Helsinki-based choreographer and artist Anna Maria Häkkinen is known for incorporating elements of physical movement, body contact sports, and sculptural composition into her work. For her New York debut, Häkkinen begins with the question: “How to bring back dance again?” The performance embraces minimalist dance principles, exploring the sublime through ideas of surrender, release, tempo, autonomy and cooperation to transfigure choreography into luminous states of trance. Häkkinen works with an emerging generation of New York dance artists, paying homage to figures such as Judson Dance Theater founding members Lucinda Childs and Yvonne Rainer. Erupting the floor with interwoven patterns, the performance aims to strike a balance between unpredictability and synchronicity with the dance ensemble. Arranged through fragments of electronic dance music and live instrumental melodies attuned to sundown, the performance will feature her group of creative collaborators, including harpist and composer Keliel (Eliel Tammiharju), dancer Emmi Venna, and dramaturg Emil Santtu Uuttu forming new constellations of movement in space.
i… Waves, side steps
ii… Thin line drawn on an envelope
iii… As I follow a tide (cat paw, waves)
iv… Pony jump spirals
v… Slowing to a pause
vi… Pony jump spirals, variation
vii… Melting on 3, collapsing on 3
viii… Wide spiral narrow narrow
ix… Waves, side steps
x… Pony jump spirals, further variations
Music by Keliel
In the passing moments of ordinary sunsets / 15 BPM
Afterglow / 103 BPM
Thin lights / 135 BPM
Muistisääntö erilaisia säännöllisesti toistuvia ajankohtia varten ("Mnemonic for various regularly recurring points in time") / 105 BPM
Airflorescense (affective repetition edit) / 125 BPM
Curated by Job Piston, Curator at Large. A co-production with LMCC.
This performance requires a free 10 min ferry transfer from the Governors Island Ferry at 3:45pm.
About Anna Maria Häkkinen
Anna Maria Häkkinen is a Helsinki-based choreographer and dancer who incorporates elements from somatic movement practices, body contact sports, and sculptural compositions to forge innovative forms of dance and movement. Her latest work explores the intersections of minimalist principles and sensory experience, weaving them to create compelling choreographic narratives. She graduated from the University of the Arts Theatre Academy Helsinki with an MA in Choreography in 2012, and since has performed in notable venues across Finland, the Baltics and Europe.
Co-produced with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Additional support provided by rendezvous, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Management Helsinki, and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
The Finnish Pavilion Without Walls is supported by Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland, Saastamoinen Foundation, the Finnish Cultural Institute New York, FRAME, and Consulate General Finland.
Anna Therése Witenberg
Anna Maria Häkkinen, choreographer
In collaboration with:
Emil Santtu Uuttu, dramaturg
Keliel (aka Eliel Tammiharju), sound designer and harpist
Emmi Venna, dance artist
Erno Aaltonen, light and space advisor
Buffy, Hanna Ahti, Sini Pelkki, Outi Järvinen, Gregg Cohenca and LMCC Staff.
Curator at Large: Job Piston
Performa 2023 Associate Producer: Josie Bettman
Performa 2023 Baltic Fellow: Kerly Ritval