Unfortunately, DAYL Odense needed to cancel ATLAS performance, because of the pandemic due to the coronavirus.
The World is stuck in an unstoppable spin.
Atlas is a humorously absurd street performance in which the performers are equipped with space helmets to protect them against the world’s constant spin, in search for a soft landing spot.
The "atlas joints", which carry the heavy load of the head, are forced to a test while the performers seek for bodily balance supported by an electronic soundscape.
Atlas is produced by Tanssiteatteri Minimi (FI) and the Dance All Year Long Festival Odense, is happy to annonce this world premiere of this new creation by Iiro Näkki & Mikko Makkonen.
Duration: 25 min.
Iiro Näkki is a Helsinki-based choreographer, performer and teacher working in the fields of contemporary dance and circus arts. He has graduated from the University of the Arts Helsinki (BA in dance arts, 2015 - MA in choreography, 2018). He has worked with a wide range of projects from performing Peking-opera to producing contemporary dance and from teaching professionals to engaging in a social circus project at a Syrian refugee camp. As choreographer his work has been presented at various festivals, theatres and counties. Today Iiro works as artistic director at Dance Theatre Minimi in Kuopio, Finland together with Mikko Makkonen.
Mikko Makkonen (1988-) is a dance artist based in Helsinki, Finland. He graduated as a dance teacher from Turku Arts Academy in 2013 and as a Master of Arts (Dance) from the Theatre Academy Helsinki in 2015. Mikko was a company dancer at Aurinkobaletti AB Dance Company in Turku, Finland during 2015-2016. His own choreographic work include Actions x Figures (2020), Levoton maa / Restless Earth (2018), Hybrid Momentum (2018), They Weigh – They Elevate (2017) and Blind – a dance short film (2017).
His path from street dance culture to an academic art education in dance performance has given Mikko a wide perspective for different artistic contexts. Focus on the physicality of dancing and a compassionate and responsible relationship with the world are basic values underlying his work.