Performances of A Room(Of Our Own) are partly supported by:
Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Finland San Francisco Arts Commission Fort Mason Center SFIAF punkkiCo AVEK, Finland
A Room (Of Our Own) is a live performance
where movement, film and art collaborate on the subject of what it
means to be a female from the idea of choreographer Raisa Punkki,
director Pauliina Punkki in collaboration with lighting designer Maria
Ros Palmklint, soubnd designer Aaron M. Gold and cinematographer Jarmo Kiuru. It features dancers
Mihyun Lee, Fanni Miettinen, Meegan Hertensteiner & Raisa Punkki
along with a cinematic manifestation, “Hahmo".
A Room (Of our Own) is the third installment of a larger project, Roadmap 2015-2025, a ten-year collaborative endeavor between choreographer-dancer-producer Raisa Punkki and director-producer Pauliina Punkki. Its intent is to integrate the fields of art into a cinematic treatise in the form of dance and movement. The inspiration for this work is based on the sentence, “it all comes from life”
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PRESS CONTACT: Liam Passmore Shave and a Haircut email@example.com 415-8650860 (p) 415-218-1544 (c) Strong to the Finnish Part II: Raisa Punkki Returns To the SF Stage with Salve Regina San Francisco-based dance company punkkiCo will present the premiere performance of Salve Regina—which translates to “Hail Holy Queen"—an original work that explores the strong, the sensual (and for some) the threatening elements of the female form and spirit in a series of six different pieces performed over the course of 90 minutes, with an original score by Mark Hertensteiner
December 1 2015, San Francisco – Native Finn and San Francisco Resident Raisa Punkki and her company punkkiCo will present the debut of Salve Regina, a 90-minute work broken down into six separate pieces. The work explores and celebrates the strength and beauty of the female form, and how for some, that strength and beauty is seen as something that should be covered or shrouded because otherwise it seems too potent, and by extension, too overwhelming or threatening.
The title refers to the Salve Regina, also known as the Hail Holy Queen, a choral work and hymn composed in the Middle Ages in Latin; Hail Holy Queen is also the final prayer in the Rosary. A recent issue of National Geographic ran an article Maureen Orth entitled, Mary - The Most Powerful Woman in the World which notes that Muslims as well as Christians consider her to be holy above all women, and her name “Maryam” appears more often in the Koran than “Mary” does in the Bible.
“This piece is a celebration of the female spirit, body and mind through dance,” says Punkki. “It focuses on the profound strength that lies within the grounded female form, a form that has the ability to literally create life from within.”
In this case the term "grounded female form" refers to women who know where they stand, who they are and are looking for answers to a simple question: why?
Salve Regina is also about escape, specifically how women devise ways out from under restrictions imposed either by themselves or by the culture around them. As well as wrestling with questions like: Why is it that a female body is sometimes perceived to be a possession belonging to someone else? Is there a covert language of sorts that can be delivered by the covered female body? How does body language read when facial expressions are obscured? In what ways do spiritual and religious practices include this kind of covering and how do they justify it? What about this much more modern impulse to “under cover” the body? How, ironically, is this used to undermine the status of women? What is behind this religious obsession with virginity being a requirement for sainthood? Salve Regina will tackle these themes and questions through six original new pieces that present strong and sensual women in different stages of their lives. Dancers will range in age from 8 to 47 years, and include an expectant mother in a duet with her soon to be born baby.
Each dancer brings the combination of strong personality, life experiences, and emotional scars to bear in the execution of this grounded, full-bodied and at times, purposely and powerfully grotesque movement.
“Ultimately these performances center upon the female voice,” says Punkki. “A voice that seeks to raise itself in any number of different ways beyond the body from which it originates.”
In 2011, Punkki's Pick Cells was produced at Dance Theater in the Mission. In Dance Magazine, critic Rita Felciano praised Punkki's use of "finely tuned minatures that take an idea and explore its implications," as well how "she is particularly skillful at creating supsense through an elastic use of of time," and praised Punkki's solo, Waiting as being "the simplest of ideas yet so beautifully measured out that the final moments took your breath away."
In 2015 punkkiCo performed for three sold out performances at The San Francisco International Arts Festival.
Downloadable High Res photos (complete with captions) can be found HERE
What: punkkiCo Presents Salve Regina When: January 8 - 17 Where: Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2450358
Choreography: Raisa Punkki Original music: Mark Hertensteiner Costume design: Alice Malia and Raisa Punkki Performers: Mihyun Lee; Jennifer Meek; Sarah Keeney; Darius Sohei; Meegan; Hertenseteiner; Raisa Punkki; Pyry Miettinen (aged 11): Fanni Miettinen (aged 8) Lighting design: Jack Beuttler
About punkkiCo punkkiCo was founded in 2005 by Raisa Punkki. Her work is a combination of energetic and intense choreography, and theatrical elements. She counts her years working in theater doing plays, musicals and dance as a chief influence. Collaboration with artists from other disciplines is the core for punkkiCo creation. Music composition, sound and costume design are all pivotal in the development of the movement material, which is based on several forms of contemporary dance with theatrical influences.
Collaborators have included composers Albert Mathias, Sylvi Alli, Mark Hertensteiner, artist Nicole Bauguss, set and costume designer Claire Pasquier, and lighting designers Allen Willner and Christian Mejia. Over the years punkkiCo has moved from a reliance on abstract, pure lines of body and speed of movement into incorporating the little moments from everyday life to the choreography. Those moments between performers are held together by gestures, breathing or stillness. punkkiCo and it's founder Raisa Punkki have received several grants and nominations including CHIME Across the Borders Award 2014, Zellerbach Foundation grants, Finnish Cultural Foundation grants, Finnish Government grants, Lighting Designer Award and several residencies including GARAGE Art Space and Shotwell Street studio residences. In 2006 and 2012 punkkiCo was invited to perform at the Full Moon Dance festival, Finland. Over the ten years that punkkiCo has been in San Francisco their work has been presented at ODC, Dance Mission, CounterPulse, GARAGE Art Space, Cowell Theater and SFIAF 2015 among others. Currently punkkiCo’s artistic director Raisa Punkki is collaborating with Berlin based filmmaker Pauliina Punkki. They are working in a 10 year film project ROADMAP. punkkiCo’s work has been described as “stunning, haunting and mesmerizing”. “It was the simplest of ideas yet so beautifully measured out that the final moments took your breath away.” (Rita Felciano, Dance Magazine)
been really inspired by Raisa's formalism, her very conscious approach
to phrasemaking," Bailis says. "She's got a wonderful dramatic
sensibility in a classical approach to modern dance. She comes to us
with a tremendous amount of craft and really interesting ideas about the