Four individuals who perceive and interact with the world slightly differently meet on stage to dance together and alone, to surrender to motion that arises from their own uniqueness, from their own longing and love. The performance is a gentle yet radical comment on the right of people classified as intellectually disabled to be regarded as dancers, performers and participants in the society – as people with senses, desires and yearnings. It was born out of a process that has drawn on the lives and the experiences of the participants, and is guided by the choreographer’s personal philosophy of performance.
Kati Raatikainen is a Helsinki based performance artist and choreographer. In the center of her work is a bodily investigation of how to choreograph empathy and the relationships between human and non-human beings in performative situations. She works normally in collectives and in long processes. Her work has been presented for example in Zodiak center for new dance in Helsinki and at Urb – festival in Kiasma contemporary art museum.
Quartetto is the first collaboration between choreographer Kati Raatikainen and the performers. It was born out of a process that has drawn on the lives and the experiences of the participants, and is guided by the choreographer’s personal philosophy of performance.