An encounter between two art forms
Dancer Minna Tervamäki and artist Hannaleena Heiska create new expression and challenge themselves in Trace (Jälki in Finnish) – a performance combining contemporary dance, ballet and performance art. The collaborative work of two distinct artists breaks boundaries between art forms and enables unique encounters with art. Tervamäki and Heiska have found a mutual way of working by deciphering the process of making art to each other and through the work also to the audience.
“The work and the image created are abstract. Instead of producing a figurative image the work is about a trace, a feeling, an event, motion. We contemplated the entity in terms of the colour of the paints and outfits as well as their relationship. The first two scenes are black-and-white, the third introduces colour to the performance. The rudimentary idea is that we are visually part of the work ourselves and therefore the colour and material of our outfits play a significant role. In the first, second and third scene Hannaleena is dressed in white, blending into the white wall. In comparison Minna is an organic brush stroke which at times is modified by Hannaleena and at others breaks away from the wall as an active independent actor. Hannaleena reacts to Minna’s movement and poses by painting.”
The performance consists of four scenes that are also independent pieces. The work can be realised as separate entities or as a continuum. Each performance is approximately 30 minutes.