ONSTAGE Tiia Kasurinen Saara Taussi 3
Show photographer Saara Taussi

Tiia Kasurinen: ONSTAGE – The Concert

  • Show times

    Thu 31.8. at 7PM
    Fri 1.9. at 7PM
    Sat 2.9. at 7PM
    Sun 3.9. at 3PM

  • Duration 1 h 30 min

    * The event has a unnumbered standing auditorium.

ONSTAGE draws inspiration from pop stars, club concerts and stage alter egos – and especially from the femmes of the music industry who have harnessed the audience’s gaze.

ONSTAGE, a choreographic work premiering in Fall 2023, explores alter ego bodies and stage presences in the context of live music. What emerges when contemporary choreography and visual transformation meet the practices of making and performing music?

The work will be based on the electronic pop band formed by Tiia Kasurinen (concept, choreography, performance) and Olli Lautiola (sound design, composition), and an EP-record of the band, which Kasurinen and Lautiola have composed and written the lyrics to during 2021–2023. The protagonist of the performance is an alter ego character embodied by Kasurinen. The working group also includes vogue performance duo Amanda & Lydia, who are joining the piece as performers alongside the band.

The performance is interested in spontaneous and pre-planned choreographies of the concert context. The work observes the themes of gaze and charisma, and is influenced by artists such as Nadia Tehran, Grimes, Madonna, Lizzo, Arca1000000, Ariana Grande, Whitney Houston, Donna Missal, Billie Eilish and FKA Twigs.

“When seeing concerts, I find myself being highly inspired by the movement qualities, postures and instant choreographies made by artists; especially by solo femme artists, inhabiting bodies and postures out of the ordinary catalogue. I find concerts as a highly kinetic space: just like in a dance theatre, movement can be equally touching to the observer. What happens when a club concert is placed in the dance context?”

* The event has a unnumbered standing auditorium. Seating is arranged when needed.

The event is organised by Helsinki Festival.

Ticket info

Standard ticket | 33,50 €
Discount tickets
| Under 25, Students, Unemployes, Civil servants and Conscripts: 23,50 €
| 30,50 €

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Photo: Saara Taussi


Concept, choreography

Tiia Kasurinen (she/her)


Tiia Kasurinen, Lydia Ofi Teresia (she/her), Amanda 007 (she/her), Olli Lautiola (he/him)

Sound design/music

Olli Lautiola & Tiia Kasurinen

Light design

Mikko Kaukonen (he/him)

Costume design

Annukka Havukumpu (she/her)

Stage design

Landys Roimola (she/her)

Motion graphics

Gabriel Boicel (he/him)

Supporters and collaborators

: Zodiak - Centre For New Dance, Helsinki Festival, Jenny and Antti Wihuri foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Kone Foundation/Saari Residence


: Saari Residence/Kone Foundation, Vantaan Tanssiopisto, Zodiak


Tiia Kasurinen, Zodiak, Helsinki Festival


Saara Taussi (she/her)

Teaser videos

Eva-Liisa Orupöld (she/her)

Light design/mentoring

Sofia Linde (she/her)

Panel discussion

Hannu Rytky

The panel discussion after the performance:

Friday 1st of September at 20.30

Language: English

Tiia Kasurinen, Olli Lautiola, Amanda 007 and Lydia Ofi Teresia will take part in the discussion.


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