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Dirty Dancing is dirt and dancing in various forms.
Dirty Dancing is foul stench and incredible beauty.
Dirty Dancing is a strange orgy.
Dirty Dancing is making a mess.
Dirty Dancing is cleaning up.
Dirty Dancing is stained pop.
Dirty Dancing is hedonism.
Dirty Dancing is pastel tones.
Dirty Dancing is sensitive and majestic.
Dirty Dancing is death.

Dirty Dancing has its starting point in the dance film with the same title. Made in the 1980s, this popular culture gem is set in 1963 when dancing mambo was considered dirty and inappropriate. This Dirty Dancing is not a copy of that film, but a performance about dirt and dancing. In the center of the performance is a state of ambivalence in which actions we might consider ugly or repulsive can also appear as beautiful or even arousing.

Dirt is only apparent when set against order. During the piece, the performers work with form and formlessness, order and disorder, creating the dramaturgy anew in each performance. Every performance reaches toward the uncontrollable, letting the movement, music and space organise themselves
from the inside. 


Dirty Dancing is an explosion and an event. A clusterbomb of filthy desires. 
- Niko Hallikainen: Theatre&Dance magazine 

In Dirty Dancing the human body with all its fluids is radiating fragile vulnerability. Bodies with all their dirt make people equally insecure. That, especially when juxtaposed with everything corny and harsh, suddenly feels striking.  
- Maria Säkö: Helsingin Sanomat 

CONCEPT AND DIRECTION: JuniKlein & Jarkko Partanen
CHOREOGRAPHER: working group 
PERFORMERS: Hanna Ahti, Wilhelm Grotenfelt, Samuli Laine, Aksinja Lommi & Heidi Soidinsalo
SOUND DESIGN: Heidi Soidinsalo 
PRODUCTION: Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Anni Klein, Jarkko Partanen 
PREMIERE: October 2014 - Zodiak Center for New Dance
PHOTOS: Katri Naukkarinen


Photo: Katri Naukkarinen
Photo: Katri Naukkarinen
Photo: Katri Naukkarinen
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Photo: Katri Naukkarinen
Photo: Katri Naukkarinen
Photo: Katri Naukkarinen
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pictures from Helsinki, Tallinn and Tampere

Full documentation of the performance  

Zodiak Center for New Dance 12/11/2014 

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NEW 40min edit of the performance for AEROWAVES

Zodiak Center for New Dance 8/11/2014 

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