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)
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)
Performance is approximately 60 minutes with no intermission.