Maija Hirvanen, On Ice (re-make 2012). Photo: Aada Niilola

Maija Hirvanen, On Ice (re-make 2012). Photo: Aada Niilola

On Ice (re-make 2012)

On Ice is Maija Hirvanen’s choreographic performance, built around an unhinged female protagonist.

On stage, Anna-Maija Terävä is seen negotiating the slippery surfaces of identity wearing a cheerleader’s uniform. On Ice takes its creative cue from Hirvanen’s time as a cheerleader
for the Turun Palloseura national league ice hockey team, while she was studying for her ”serious” art degree. Contradictory and absurd, the experience served as the basis of a solo performance created for another artist, centering on themes such achievement, the act of gazing and the process of letting go. The subject matter is explored through a humorous perspective.

On Ice premiered at the Zodiak Center for New Dance in Helsinki in 2009 and went on to tour a number of European festivals and venues. Having watched On Ice some 70 times, Hirvanen and her ensemble are now creating a new version of the performance for Kiasma Theatre. The new edition will give expression to the ideas that have matured over the past three years through visits to different stages and encounters with different audiences.

Working group:
Choreography, Direction, Text: Maija Hirvanen
On stage: Anna-Maija Terävä
Lighting design: Heikki Paasonen
Kiasma Theatre sound design: Timo Muurinen
Production: A Zodiak Center for New Dance and Maija Hirvanen production, 2012 re-make Kiasma Theatre