Фото Nykytaiteen museo Kiasma (c) Maarten Nauw

Higher xtn.

Mannerheiminaukio 2, 00100 Helsinki
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

Michelle Rizzo’s work examines the power of dance through club culture.

Michelle Rizzo’s work examines the power of dance through club culture.

Michele Rizzo’s Higher xtn. explores the power of dance by presenting the nightclub as a place that allows radical self-expression and community building. The previous version of the work featured at the 2016 URB Festival in Helsinki.  

Rizzo has noted that clubgoers often refer to the club as church, a safe environment where they can fully express themselves without fear of judgment. Higher xtn. highlights the cathartic and transformative power of techno music, whose repetitive rhythms can temporarily detach the dancers from their sense of self by inducing a state of trance.  

Moved by hypnotic electronic music composed by Lorenzo Senni, the dancers enter the museum from different directions. Gradually making their way through the galleries, they ultimately gather in the one place, where pairs of dancers begin to perform in sync, until the entire group eventually dances in unison, becoming a single body.    

Kiasma

8.-9.4.2022

6.4. at 19.00 & 9.4. at 16.00, duration 30 min

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