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A DREAM OF KINSHIP WITH OUR FELLOW CREATURES AS UNCLES AND COWS

What arises from the liminal spaces between an animal and a human being?

What is the relational ground we share with other beings?

Is mortality a shared experience which makes us more connected?

”Let’s roll up our sleeves

and be smooth

and wicked.”

Animal Being is a body-based performance where individual freedom, resistance, ethical hiccups and longing for vitality within our interconnectedness are rolling through the space. An embodied self-reflective process wanders through our kinship with other animals to grow our sense of belonging and reveal wider matrices of connection to our allyship. Animal Being unravels and invites us to redreaming new narratives and connections while playing with authenticity and the phenomena of memory.

WORKING GROUP

Jonna Lehto, performing artist

Bráulio Bandeira aka Deepneue, transdisciplinary artist

Jenni Kokkomäki, video artist

Sofia Palillo, visual artist and a lighting designer

Moa Larsdotter Persson, textile artist

Jan Ahlstedt, photographer

Virpi Alise Koskela, mentor

Visa Knuuttila, graphic designer

The performance has been supported by The Arts Promotion Centre Finland, City of Helsinki Cultural Office and Pixelache Helsinki.

Photo: Originals from Jonna Lehto’s family archives

First chapter at Pixelache Helsinki 2021 Festival

Photos: Jan Ahlstedt, Antti Ahonen

Video documentation

Live Art Society’s Autumn residency November 2020

Photos: Jan Ahlstedt

Visiting at Saparomäki animal sanctuary December 2020

Photos: Jan Ahlstedt

January residency 2020 at Mamia Company studio in Myyrmäki

Moving, re-dreaming, resting, reading, grounding

Photos. Jan Ahlstedt