Veli Lehtovaara (FI)
Veli Lehtovaara, choreographer and dancer, is based in Brussels. He works regularly in Helsinki and lives part of the year at Villa Kaunisto by the Lake Päijänne in Central Finland.
Lehtovaara is associated artist at Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek (Brussles) and one of the Focus Artists in the project [DNA] Departures and Arrivals, supported by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission. From 2015 to 2017 he danced with Rosas / Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. For the years 2011-2013 he was the house choreographer at Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Helsinki. In 2015 Veli created a series of solo performances and for Festival d'Avignon he created a duet together with Eleanor Bauer: a v i g n o n s e n s e.
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Veli Lehtovaara (FI/BE): Conversations
In Veli Lehtovaara’s new work Conversations, three dancers converse through movement and words with other forms of nature, their contemporaries, their ancestors, each other, and the audience. The register of the group conversation oscillates between what’s spoken and moved, what’s logical and poetic, what’s philosophical and practical, and what’s imaginary and actual.
This is a dance of gradual transformation. The passage of steps and thoughts unfolds in circles and waves. It is a performance of letting go of that which will not stay without a holding. A dance where words become what they once were - trees, stars, and substance of primeval environment - writing turns back to traces of movement.
The performance combines choreographic, ecological, philosophical and visual forms of thinking. It gives attention to what unites human beings with other living beings in different stages and scales of life especially from the perspective of corporeality, perception and movement. Becoming a member of choreography is an event of belonging.