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Show photographer Hertta Kiiski

Marianna Henriksson & Anna Mustonen: Eros

  • Performances

    Thu 6.10.2022 at 19.00

    Sat 8.10.2022 at 19.00

    Sun 9.10.2022 at 15.00

    Tue 11.10.2022 at 19.00

    Wed 12.10.2022 at 19.00

    Thu 13.10.2022 at 19.00

  • Post-performance discussion on Tue, Oct 11
  • Duration 1 h, no intermission
  • NOTE!

    For ticket related questions, please contact Zodiak.

In Eros, Marianna Henriksson and Anna Mustonen continue their collaboration in bringing together the music of early Baroque and new dance. Eight musicians, five dancers and five singers reach towards each other at the large stage of Erkko Hall of Dance House Helsinki.

It is a reach that never quite arrives, bittersweet.

The ancient Greek word eros contains the notion of lack. Eros is the desire for something that is not present. As I attain it, my longing ceases. Distance is the prerequisite for erotic desire; it is moved by distance. Eros inserts itself between us and densifies the space between.

…electrified by desire so that they touch not touching -

In the performance, dance and music are often intertwined, sometimes at different tracks, continuously sharing the same space. Eight musicians, five dancers and five singers surrender to the fluctuating vibrations between dance and music. The dance and music yearn for each other, gently reaching towards one another.

- the way they intersect may feel like eros to you.

The choreography of the piece lies in the desire to approach, in the gestures of reaching out. It is dance from the moment touch has not yet taken place. It is about approaching when tentativeness and tension are allowed to be seen and the other is not taken into possession.

In early Italian Baroque music, eros is the prolonged desire of dissonances and suspensions to resolve towards consonances. Eros lies in the meaning of song lyrics intertwined with abrasions, projections and frictional reachings-out of the music. Sound fluctuates between us as vibration in the air, reaches the ear canals, and enters the body. A slight movement takes place.

For in this dance the people do not move. Desire moves. Eros is a verb.

Music: Biagio Marini – Claudio Monteverdi – Giovanni Felice Sances – Barbara Strozzi

Quotes: Anne Carson: Eros the Bittersweet (1986)

The performance is also a part of Finnish Baroque Orchestra’s and Helsinki Early Music Festival’s programmes in the autumn 2022.

The event is organized by Zodiak - Center for New Dance


Camera and editing: Alisa Javits
Music: Biagio Marini (1594­–1663): Capriccio per sonare il violino con tre corde à modo di lira (excerpt).
Performed by Anne Pekkala, violin; Louna Hosia, cello; Anna Rinta-Rahko, violone; Eero Palviainen, theorbo, Marianna Henriksson, harpsichord; Jani Sunnarborg, organ
Recording and editing: Jussi Lehtopuu

Assembling and concept

Marianna Henriksson, Anna Mustonen


Anna Mustonen

Musical director, harpsichord and organ

Marianna Henriksson


Hanna Ahti, Mikko Hyvönen, Anna Kupari, Pie Kär, Eleni Pierides


Sirkku Rintamäki, Tuuli Lindeberg


Teppo Lampela


Juho Punkeri


Jussi Lehtipuu

Finnish Baroque Orchestra


Anne Pekkala and Hannu Vasara


Hanna Pakkala


Louna Hosia


Anna Rinta-Rahko


Jani Sunnarborg

lute and baroque guitar

Eero Palviainen


Masi Tiitta

Costume design

Piia Rinne

Lighting and set design

Heikki Paasonen

Sound design

Timo Kurkikangas


Riikka Thitz

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Internship / dancer

Iiris Miettinen

Danish National School of Performing Arts / Den Danske Scenekunstskole

Assistant for lighting design

Erno Seppälä

(University of Arts Helsinki, Theatre Academy, VÄS)


Eija Koponen


Veera Vuorisalo and Anneli Partanen

Costume of Jussi Lehtipuu

Henrik Vibskov


i dolci, Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Finnish Baroque Orchestra, Helsinki Early Music Festival

Supported by

Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Kone Foundation, Uusimaa Regional Fund of the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland


Santarcangelo dei Teatri (IT) / Finnish Cultural Foundation

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