Reetta-Kaisa Iles (born 1976) works in Tsuumi Dance Theatre as a dancer, choreographer and a dance teacher. She is also known as a performer and singer in Puhti duo, which combines folk music, dance and theatre. Reetta-Kaisa has a master degree in choreography from Theatre Academy and education as a dance teacher from Oulu conservatory. Reetta-Kaisa has been working as a choreographer in many theatres around Finland. She has also been working as a pedagog for example in Sibelius Academy, Theater Academy and all around Finland in different dance educations and dance groups.
Buoy focuses its gaze on the contact points of three different song forms, hymns, old schlagers and folk tunes, and then collides with contemporary dance and modern art concept.
The piety within the hymns can be moved into motion and the stage dance can fly near to the cosmos. In the songs we on one hand sense a deep longing, on the other hand kind of a hope, joy and love. Poiju paints a living picture from the very first cry of a human being until his last look.
Behind the performance are the choreographer-director Ari Numminen and the composer-musician Petri Tiainen, who already have done several theatre productions together. www.tsuumi.com >
Swamp, guacamole and Jussi is a carnivalistic performance that lets the audience embark on a bus tour all over the scenery of Ostrobothnia.
Based on the poetry book Bigini, by author Jani Nieminen, the performance bites into the polarization and rising tension in society, using the means of both science and art. It dives into the subject boldly by creating straightforward archetypes, and letting the viewers choose who they are rooting for. Do they feel they belong to the radical extremes, turncoats, scapegoats or sensible people?
Swamp, guacamole and Jussi is goofily blunt, inappropriately humane, self-ironic and suspiciously sweet. www.tsuumi.com >
Bolka is a performance that combines human sound and movement by choreographer Reetta-Kaisa Iles and the musician Eero Turkka. The scenography is made by costume designer Mirkka Nyrhinen. This highly cooperative work is wrapped around the concept of pain. The artists’ own aging, the challenges in bodies, the upheavals of life and the spiritual, the breathing challenges, have given their own impetus to this subject. We live in a time where there is no place for pain, we want to get rid of it, it is infused indefinitely out of our system, it is the way of our efficiency, the obstacle of our happiness.
Bolka is a work of pain and tolerance. Ode to endorphins. Dance for the union of mind and body. www.tsuumi.com >
Tsuumi Dance Theatre’s full-length dance theatre piece KAKE2 – in the stardust gives the audience an episode-like glimpse into our time and continues the story of the band called Kake. The energetic and nuance-rich performance grabs current topics by the horns and peeks shamelessly under the skirt of the Finnish Maiden. Kake band continues to trust the good old schlager music but this time squeezed through a press of punk. Sharp edges and human destinies are in the core of Kake. Kake to the second power.
On stage are members of the group Piramisu, Marccu, Kike de Kake, Foni-Åke, Raimo von Kake and the newest member of the band Pera77. The performance is an interesting mixture of dance, music, theatre and attitude. www.tsuumi.com >
Mystical stories about Finnish accordion collected by the accordion virtuoso and composer Anne-Mari Kivimäki; an eclectic mix of Finnish folk and contemporary dance traditions in the dazzling performances by choreographer Reetta-Kaisa Iles and Tsuumi Dance Theatre; fierce ethno-rock sounds of Kivimäki/Iles band “Puhti” inspired filmmaker Alla Kovgan to dive into virtual reality. The result is a surreal deadpan 3D VR 360° experience, challenging boundaries between traditional and contemporary, male and female, hellish and heavenly, ecstatic and everyday, celebrating power of women through Finnish music and dance. www.tsuumi.com >
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All these fine ingredients are finally brought together in the form of Suistamon Sähkö – the uncompromising folktronica act with a taste for folk poetry, rap and manic dance moves! Suistamo’s old village maps as their guide they travel the bumpy roads of Karelia to bring you the grooviest accordion rhythms, funkiest samples and fizziest electronics, all tied up in a sweet bundle of folk tradition and hip hop influences. www.suistamonsahko.fi >
Kake – On the way to stardom explores the Finnish mental landscape through the theme of Wonderland Finland. The choreography of Matti Paloniemi tells the story of a band called Kake, which is infatuated with 1980’s synthesizers and Finnish schlager. The band’s dreams are enormous; in fact the plan is a massive world tour. However, internal conflicts, different dreams and unfulfilled hopes of the band members cause tension.
The show is interesting mixture of dance, music and theatre. Re-arranged Finnish schlagers and tangos create the musical context. All the performers are dancing, singing and playing in this energetic but touching parody. www.tsuumi.com >
Two people, unknown to each other, nod, walk to the center of the hall, embrace each other, find a common rhythm, blend with each other, hover for a moment, share a dance, hide their feelings, nod again and part.
The work takes these charismatic performers into the heart of a Finnish couple dance, into communal celebration, where loneliness shouts its existence and quiet emotions discuss their own silent language. www.tsuumi.com >
Man and woman by Reetta-Kaisa Iles and Tuomas Juntunen. Costumes by Jaana Kurttila, light designer Janne Teivainen.
How does it feel to be in a woman´s body? How about man´s?
What can you find behind the set up of relationship?
Is it possible to be naked?
Is it sexy to wear a national costume? Is a man sexy in it?
Some scenes of the piece are not suitable for kids www.tsuumi.com >
It is known in folklore all over the world that where the accordion is played there the devil moves. "Song of Evil" tells stories about the inevitability and tragic fates with music and dance. The concert is a part of Anne-Mari Kivimäki's artistic doctoral degree within the Suistamo concert series. www.puhti.eu >
The talents and reformers of new Finnish folk dance and music throw themselves with all their heart and soul into the thralls of both movement and music. TSIP takes dance and music to the people, into mundance situations where art can surprise and sublime. TSIP will stop at nothing to take hold of its space and audience. www.tsuumi.com >
Tsuumi Dance Theatre has had a new perspective towards folk dance for 15 years and the group has created successful artpieces with several different choreographers and directors. Now these modern day folk dance explorers collaborate and challenge themselves with the contemporary dance choreography pioneer Ervi Sirén. Kehotus is a performance that highlights mans timeless placement in the flow of culture history and also in motion rituals. www.tsuumi.com >
Women and Suitcases portraits the many roles and expectations that women confront. The performance is a multi-layer story of women who live in the crossfire of reality and expectations: a person is made not only by herself but also by the circumstances that surround her. These two factors create a role that a human being must act in her everyday life. Anne-Mari Kivimäki, Reetta-Kaisa Iles and Johanna Elovaara create a strong and atmospheric performance with music, speech and intensive stage layout. The main themes revolve around women in the 20th century and their roles: how they see themselves and how the society sees them. www.tsuumi.com >
Tsuumi Dance Company visited Atalante with the performance Fragile – This side up. The performance was a part of The World Dance Festival that is arranged of a cluster of people round the culture house Oceanen. www.tsuumi.com >