Flow Festival presents art cross-sectionally and for the first time, Flow’s art program is expanding outside the festival area to the Finnish National Opera. Contemporary dance, electronic music and audiovisual art take over the Finnish National Opera’s Almi Hall the Wednesday and Thursday preceding Flow Festival the 7th and 8th of August. Tickets to Flow x Opera events are on sale at the Finnish National Opera’s webshop and cost 29-49 euros.
The pinnacle of the evening is an unprecedented dance portrait Autobiography Edits, the awarded collaboration of British choreographer Wayne McGregor and the American visionary of electronic music Jlin. The piece is performed by ten dancers from Company Wayne McGregor with live music performed by Jlin. Wayne McGregor is known as a pivotal reformer of contemporary dance and his groundbreaking work as a choreographer of The Royal Ballet. Jlin has gained stature in the field of experimental electronic music and gained a strong following.
Autobiography Edits is an abridgement of the piece Autobiography that premiered in October of 2017. It is abstract reflective thoughts on the self, life, writing, remembered pasts and speculative futures. Jlin’s distinctive, complex and multitiered music makes the performance exceptionally captivating.
Both nights are opened by Fractal Fantasy’s Sinjin Hawke and Zora Jones, presenting a show mixing together experimental electronic music and audiovisual art. As esteemed producers, DJs and visual artists Hawke and Jones push the limits of club culture in a never before seen way. The artists command the music and visuals with motion detecting technology and transform into avatars on the screen. Please note that Hawke’s and Jones’ performance includes intense strobe lights.
DJ-sets will also be accompanying the evening at the Almi Hall foyer. DJing at Flow x Opera evenings are Arttu Tolonen on Wednesday 7th of August, and Arttu Partinen on Thursday, 8th of August. Partinen is an experimental musician and one of the founders of Mental Alaska. For 20 years Mental Alaska has produced many of the most interesting and courageous experimental music events all around Finland. Tolonen is a member of the Flow booking team as well as a musician and music journalist.
FLOW X OPERA:
Company Wayne McGregor & Jlin: Autobiography Edits
Direction: Wayne McGregor
Choreography: Wayne McGregor, in collaboration with the dancers
Music: Jlin in partnership with Unsound
Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones: Fractal Fantasy
Wednesday and Thursday, 7th and 8th of August. Doors 18:30, showtime 19.30. Duration of an event is approx. 1h 30 min, including one intermission.
Tickets to Flow x Opera events are on sale at the Finnish National Opera’s webshop and cost 29-49 euros.
Flow X Opera tickets are available at a discounted price to Flow Festival ticket holders, students, conscripts and non-military servants, pensioners as well as people under 20 years of age. Please note, that there are a limited number of discounted tickets available. If you purchase a discount ticket, please bring the document justifying the discount to the ticket inspection at the event.