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BY the pool

By the Pool is a series of events and performances that happen, as the title suggests, by the pool. The form and duration of the events vary according to the topic and the guests involved. By the Pool is a modern-day well of wisdom that creates an environment for people to come together.

SIDE STEP 2015:   Gob Squad By the Pool & Hodworks BY THE POOL


An inflatable pool, sunloungers, refreshments, bathrobes – and topical discussion about art! Created by dancer and choreographer Jarkko Partanen. In the Side Step Festival 2015, By the Pool serves as a framework for Meet the artists events. Acting as the pool boy in these events, Partanen, with Laine and Matikainen has invited the two headliners of the festival, Hodworks and Gob Squad, to spend time by the pool. Prepare yourself for interesting discussion, relaxing atmosphere, music and the unexpected!

CONCEPT: Jarkko Partanen

VIDEO; LIGHT & SOUND: Samuli Laine and Jussi Matikainen

BY THE POOL # 4  Elina Pirinen plays Mermaid by the pool 

By the pool we dwelled on the subjects of meat, body and commerce. Premiered at Sidestep festival 2016 at Zodiak – Centre for New Dance, By the pool  # 4 was a contemplative and dense performance created and performed together with Elina Pirinen. Through echoey music, slow movements, silent performers, passivity and surprise audience engagement we added another mermaid into the canon of these mythical nautical creatures.


The greatness about By the pool is that it brings subject matters in art that are familiar elsewhere.
- Maria Säkö: Helsingin Sanomat

REALIZATION & PERFORMANCE: Jussi Matikainen, Samuli Laine, Elina Pirinen, Jarkko Partanen

DURATION: 60min

PRODUCTION: Zodiak - Center for New Dance, Partanen, Matikainen, Laine 

The performance takes place in the frame of the project [DNA] Departures and Arrivals which is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU.

PREMIERE: 2.2.2016 

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