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Featuring Fanni Miettinen
Photo by Pak Han

A ROOM (OF OUR OWN)

San Francisco International Art Festival
Firehouse
Fort Mason Center

June 1, 8:30pm
June 3, 9:30pm
June 4, 2pm

FOR TICKETS CLICK HERE

Roadmap 2015-2025


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”


PRESS CONTACT:
Liam Passmore
Shave and a Haircut
liam@shaveandahaircut.biz
415-8650860 (p) 415-218-1544 (c)



Press for Roadmap 2/10, Passage

July 2016
Tornio, Finland and Haparanda, Sweden

Norbottens Kuriren

Sisuradio Interview


PRESS FOR SALVE REGINA January 2016 at NOHspace, San Francisco:

SF CHRONICLE REVIEW BY MARY ELLEN HUNT


SF WEEKLY PREVIEW BY ELIZABETH COSTELLO


KALW / OPEN AIR INTERVIEW BY DAVID LATULIPPE


DANCEVIEWTIMES BY RITA FELCIANO



Raisa Punkki
Photo by Afshin Odabaee

PRESS CONTACT:
Liam Passmore
Shave and a Haircut
liam@shaveandahaircut.biz
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
 
January 8-17 at NOH Space in San Francisco; Friday and Saturday 8pm, Sunday at 7pm
Tickets:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2450358
www.punkkico.com
 
 
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)

punkkiCo video excerpts 2009-2015




PRESS FOR SALVE REGINA:

SF CHRONICLE REVIEW BY MARY ELLEN HUNT


SF WEEKLY PREVIEW BY ELIZABETH COSTELLO


KALW / OPEN AIR INTERVIEW BY DAVID LATULIPPE





"Yet the other night, two Finnish-born choreographers presented pieces as refined and polished as anything shown in bigger venues."
Rita Felciano / SF Bay Guardian

Full Review here:
http://www.sfbg.com/2013/05/21/growth-potential

PICTURE LINKS

Untitled I

punkkiCo 2014-15

punkkiCo 2014
 
REVIEWS

Pick Cells review at Dance Magazine

KP24 review of Pick Cells at the Full Moon Dance Festival 2012:
Press Room

InDance Article and Interview November 2011

ODC House Special 8/20/2011

"I've 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 moving body."

Rob Bailis, ODC Theater Director


MEDIA 

Finnish television interview and footage Raisa Punkki as a dancer in Kenneth Kvarnstrom's no no

7x7

The Bold Italic 2011
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