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Jussi Nousiainen (left), Jarkko Lehmus and Ima Iduozee in Morphed.

Heikki Tuuli

David Scarantino, Jussi Nousiainen and Mikko Lampinen.

Heikki Tuuli

Ima Iduozee and Pekka Louhio.

Heikki Tuuli

Jarkko Lehmus, Ima Iduozee and Jussi Nousiainen.

Heikki Tuuli

Heikki Tuuli

Pekka Louhio, David Scarantino and Ima Iduozee.

Anton Sucksdorff

NAC Presentation


Performance is approximately 60 minutes with no intermission.

What makes a man, a man? That is the question Finnish dance prodigy Tero Saarinen investigates in a muscular new work with seven male dancers. A reflective, unfettered enquiry into the essence of maleness, Morphed embraces the kinetic volatility of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s music as a soundscape for movement that is raw, multi-layered and expressive, seeming to rise from primal wellsprings. Bearded and belligerent, or tender and vulnerable, the dancers skillfully embody the shifting, mutating feelings that a man experiences, yet never succumb to cliché.

Co-producers: Helsinki Festival (Finland) and Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Étienne (France)

Morphed is a complete work of art, and irresistible. Salonen’s powerfully emotionally music, the skilful dancers, and Mikki Kunttu’s understated visual elements create a sense of richness and fullness that surges vibrantly, like poetry flowing out of the unconscious.
Raisa Rauhamaa, Teatteri & Tanssi (Finland / Finlande)