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SetUp - A dance piece about building. And death.

"SetUp is a strong and at the same time fragile dialogue between dance and music.... It's fresh and physical."

Suvi Satama, Turun Sanomat 24.2.2017

SetUp 6 min trailer

The premiere of SetUp was 22nd of February 2017 in Barker Theatre, Turku. The first public showing took place in Logellou, Penvenan at 13th November 2016.

Setup is a piece about building and its opposites; the processes of forgetting and decaying. It consists of independent scenes that approach the subject from different angles. The dance and music are both present as an equal form of art.


Setup is influenced by the tension that occurs when the man is trying to build, control and create something lasting. Yet few buildings, cultures or communities last through the time – in the big scale entropy slowly drives everything apart. The piece asks if this hopeless fight against scattering and cooling down could also be important and beautiful.


This collaboration originates with a circus and dance festival in Monthelon, France during summer 2010. Saku and Laura Koistinen together with Philippe Ollivier made an improvisation performance at the festival club. Since the experience was uplifting for everyone involved, they decided they want to work together some day.


The artists:

Saku Koistinen: Choreography and dance
Philippe Ollivier: Music, composing and performing
Laura Koistinen: Choreographic assistant, dance

Premiere: 22.2.2017 Barker Theatre, Turku

Review in Turun Sanomat ( in Finnish), click here

Supported By: Arts Promotion Centre Finland,  Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Barker Theatre and Logellou.

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