“Spectators are brought to tears, then made them laugh until their abs hurt.”
ERI opens the year 2020 with Secrets of a JukeboX, an all night choreography by Eeva Soini and Lassi Sairela. The work takes us to the now-forgotten service station where an interesting gallery of characters gather around the jukebox. The music, rich in variation, invites to a time travel that goes decades back in time and, simultaneously, dives deep into people’s dreams, fears, deceptions and moments of happiness. The music also helps predict the future and, in parallel with the personal, the changing society becomes the object of scrutiny. Under the cheerful shell, dimensions of depth and humanity are revealed. The whole ERI ensemble appear dancing on stage, the lights are planned by ERIs technician Mari Agge, and, as usual, Tuula Bergqvist creates the enchanting costumes.
The dancers in Dance Theatre Eri are Tiina Lindfors, Lassi Sairela, Eeva Soini, Laura Alho, Toni Laakkonen, Karoliina Lummikko and James McNamara. The group is known for their original and influential dance performances both home and abroad.