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The Days Project, Bulgarian premier at the Derida Dance Center, Sofia

The Days Project, Bulgarian premier at the Derida Dance Center, Sofia

The Days Project, Bulgarian premier at the Derida Dance Center, Sofia

28. lokakuuta 2023 klo 17.30.00

The Days Project will have its first Bulgarian premier at the Derida Dance Center in Sofia.

The 10 days visit to Bulgaria is supported by Culture Moves Europe and Regional Dance Center of Western Finland.

The Days invites the audience to share an encounter with two exceptional Finnish dancer artits Maria Nurmela and Ville Oinonen. At their invite, English choreographer and designer Theo Clinkard has conceived a work that asks them to become co-authors through a practice that has to be written anew at every performance. The collaboration resulted an engendering a world of ever-shifting negotiations, complex feelings and comic disconnection and constructed from a singular physical concept that sustains throughout the work. Caught in an impossible loop of absurd and heartfelt exchanges, the performer's journey takes the form of a lifetime shared in this compelling performance about care, resilience and the desire for connection.

The Days Project started 2017 on the initiative of Finnish dance artists, Maria Nurmela and Ville Oinonen commissioning work they could perform together following prominent careers as freelance artists working internationally through collaborations with well-known dance makers and producing their own independent productions. Theo Clinkard has been making his own work for 15 years for his company and international commissions. Having toured internationally since its premiere in 2018, The Days has proven to be a deeply resonant work for all kinds of audiences, offering a compelling, poetic and intimate encounter that entrusts the communicative power of the moving body.

The Days Project seeks to engage with local communities and diffuse the hierarchies between different bodies as performers and moversIn each location, Maria Nurmela and Ville Oinonen lead workshops for movers who are 65 years or older. This element of the project has proved to be incredibly rich for all involved, offering much-needed creative and social engagement opportunities for those most vulnerable. The inclusion of the elders lends the duet a tangible relatability, acting as a reminder for audiences that this could be anyone’s story.

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