Departures and Arrivals



Clandestine sites: displaced
2015/07/27 › 2015/08/07
Lehtovaara, Veli

Since the beginning of 2013, I’ve been reading Roland Barthes' book A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments (Fragments d’un discours amoureux, 1977). Back and forth, jumping and chronologically, in different languages. Then I read The Pleasure of the text and it confirmed my desire to negotiate with Barthes' texts on stage. Proffering time, space and a living body, absent or present, for what is merely signs on paper. Reading his text with an ear of a lover and a dancer.

Since December 2013, I and a group of performing artists have been researching a way to write choreography, music and text and to create a performance that considers spectator-performer relation as a love relation. From this unstable position I wish to inhabit the figures of a lover’s discourse, which Barthes articulated in his text. To write a dance, a song, a letter to be performed or exhibited for an audience, that has gathered in same place and time – to recreate a site of affirmation, on stage.

"How does the notion of time, body, gender and sexuality comes to prominence when the media is not a book, read privately, silently and in different times, but a live performance, a group of people gathering in a theater? How need and desire is being constructed and conducted in this particular situation of being together? What are the choreographic figures of a lover's dance?"
The creation will take place in 2015.


Choreography and concept: Veli Lehtovaara
In collaboration with: Chrysa Parkinson, Ville Ahonen, Masi Tiitta, Eleanor Bauer, Mikko Hynninen and Timo Wright. Salka Ardal Rosengren participated in the research phase in 2014.
Residencies: Dansens Hus, Stockholm (SE), Okasroosikese Loss, Tallinn (EE), Château de Monthelon, Montréal (FR), Vooruit, Ghent (BE), Zodiak - Center for New Dance, Helsinki (FI)
Supported by: Arts Promotion Center Finland, Samuel Huber Foundation, Wihuri Foundation

This project is made possible with support from [DNA] Departures and Arrivals/European commission Culture Program