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On the Threshold

The debut of Dance Company Off/Balance

Choreography: Veli Lehtovaara and Mikko Hyvönen
Dance: Veli Lehtovaara, Mikko Hyvönen, Terhi Kuokkanen and Elina Häyrynen
Sound design and live music: Oula Susi
Costume design: Mirkka Nyrhinen
Production: Off/Balance
Funding: Regional Dance Center of Central Finland, Zodiak – Centre for New Dance
Premiere: 16.7.2011 Jyväskylä Summer Festival


The inventive choreography by P.A.R.T.S. alumni Mikko Hyvönen and Veli Lehtovaara interacts with strong antagonism between visible and invisible. By hiding and revealing the performance creates tension, which arouses emotions from confusion to humor. Five charismatic performers – four dancers and a musician -, minimalistic visuality and engaging sound design fuse into a unique composition that brings the audience on the threshold, the border of familiar and unknown.

On the Threshold is a combination of a dance performance and music concert. The performance is built around a live musician and different chapters in the choreography. The piece has influences from two differend dance traditions – Finnish and Belgian dance. The composition of the choreography consists of set steps and improvisation simultaneously. This combination brings on a rhytmically exact dance but with a free and unpredictable form.




Kuvat Matti Häyrynen.

Photos Matti Häyrynen.