MATTERS – NO ESCAPE
vaikuttaa, 2. versio)
A dance theater piece by Teemu
Mäki & Arja Tiili
|Who has power over you?
|Who are you exploiting?
Script, choreography and direction
by Teemu Mäki & Arja Tiili.
Dancers: Elina Häyrynen, Ima Iduozee, Olle Söderström,
Music & rapping: Kasperi
Laine & ... Lights: Meri Ekola.
Word Festival St. Petersburg, Russia, 17.5.2011.
Finnish Premier: Cultural
Arena Gloria Helsinki, 20.8.2011.
Duration: 93 minutes.
Power relations. Politics. Mental, physical,
individual, collective, structural and economic
violence. Both explicit and subliminal
exploitation. Wars in Finland, Iraq and
Chechnya. Fantasies of power and power of
fantasies. And body images and behavior that
result from these themes and/or lead into them.
Ballet. Breakdance. Brecht. Contemporary art
dance. Documentary videos of Moscow, Helsinki
and Chechnya. Interviews of a Russian speaking
Estonian and of a Chechen refugee living in
Finland. Drum & bass + electronica. Live rap
music from Helsinki/Lappeenranta. 1970s disco.
Plunderphonics. Statistics about bygone wars of
Finland and Russia and about wars fought in
Chechnya and Iraq today. And body images and
behavior that result from all these and/or lead
Duration: 93 minutes.
Personnel: Eight (= 4 dancers, a musician, a
light designer and two directors).
Technical requirements: stage minimum 9 x 9
meters (preferably 15 x 15), strong sound system
and a microphone, normal light system, a video
projector & screen that covers all or most
of the back wall of the stage.
Script, choreography and direction by Teemu Mäki
& Arja Tiili.
Dancers: Elina Häyrynen, Ima Iduozee, Olle
Söderström, Laura Vesterinen.
Original music & rapping: Kasperi
Additional music: Plastikman, Muslimgauze,
Juhamatti, Soul Assassins, Dschinghis Khan,
Squarepusher, The Geto Boys, Joe Maneri
& Mat Maneri & Joe
Morris, Gioachino Rossini (as plundered by
Robert Lucas Pearsall) and John Oswald.
Lights: Meri Ekola.
Video: Teemu Mäki (camera Timo Bredenberg &
Interviewees: Sofia Tarassenko, Ruslan Katayev.
Press photos: Maria Baranova, Teemu Mäki and
Production: Eager Minds Association / Arja Tiili
PR and marketing: Jonna Huttunen.
Financial support: Kone Foundation, Finnish
National Council for Dance, Swedish Cultural
Foundation in Finland, URB10 Festival, Kiasma
Thanks: Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth, Petri Kanerva,
Kaisa Niemi, Jani-Matti Salo, Theatre Academy
Helsinki (Finnish Theatre Academy), Aalto
University, KULKE (City of Helsinki Cultural
All Matters –
No Escape is the final part to the Raw Matters
Trilogy by United
Snakes. Previous parts of the trilogy
dealt with the history of street dance (Raw Matters part 1,
URB 2004) and personal memories related to dance
Matters, URB 2008). The third and final
part is a shift from personal to global.
A 45 minute All Matters
(Demo Version) was performed at
URB-festival like the previous ones, in 2010.
URB is the festival of urban culture organized
annually by Kiasma Theater (of Contemporary Art
Museum Kiasma, Helsinki, National Gallery of
The full 93 minute version, All Matters – No
Escape, was premiered in Erarta Art
Center/Museum (www.erarta.com) as a part of the
BodyWord Dance Festival (http://bodyword.spb.ru)
in St. Petersburg in May 2011. The Finnish
premiere takes place in Cultural Arena Gloria
(http://nk.hel.fi/gloria/) in Helsinki, August
2011, and is followed by performances that
continue at least until December 2011 in various
cultural centers and theatres.
Teemu Mäki (1967–, Doctor of Fine Arts) is an
artist and professor in Aalto University,
Helsinki, Finland. He works in the realms of
art, philosophy and politics with various means.
As an artist he started as a painter and
photographer, but has broadened his practice and
is nowadays equally active also as a poet and
theorist and as director of theatre, dance and
Arja Tiili (1972–) is a choreographer and dancer
whose works have often been eclectic collisions
of styles and traditions, combinations of for
example contemporary art dance, breakdance and
martial arts. Always with a sense of some kind
of humor. She works as the artistic director and
producer of United Snakes Collective and Eager
”Succesful dramaturgy thickens pressing feeling
towards the end, when nobody in the audience
surely isn't without an opinion. Those who has a
voice and a possibility to talk, should in the
name of humanity use their power of speech.
United Snakes Group does that: they don't just
speak, but they tell us, proclaim and shout at
us to wake us up... ...United Snakes Group
brought on Kiasma stage a strong standpoint to
discussion of violence. Violence must end!
Although this is just a beginning of discussion,
since All Matters is a work-in-progress
performance and the whole entity will be ready
next summer. But: already now it raises the hair
of your skin and you have a lump in your throat,
when the company of artists from different
fields challenges the audience to think about
the usage of power." Helsingin Sanomat; Mika
Saarelainen 7.8.2010, about the demo version of
PERFORMANCE DATES &
LOCATIONS IN HELSINKI, AUTUMN 2011
Kulttuuriareena Gloria 20.8.2011 at 7pm (+ RIISTO-KLUBI at 10
pm) & 21.8.2011 at 4pm.
Malmitalo 30.–31.8.2011 at 7pm.
STOA 5.–7.10.2011 at 7pm.
Kanneltalo 16.12. at 7pm and 18.12. 2011 at 4pm.
Arja Tiili www.arjatiili.fi
Teemu Mäki www.teemumaki.com
Main home: http://www.teemumaki.com/theater-all-matters-no-escape.html
...and a bit of additional info:
review in Helsingin Sanomat, 22.8.2011.