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To Be Given Over by WAUHAUS and visual artist Terike Haapoja is a new work that explores different aspects of bodily interdependence and vulnerability. It is based on Haapoja's original concept and has been developed and directed together with WAUHAUS’s choreographer Jarkko Partanen.

Photo: Uwa Iduozee

To Be Given Over takes as its starting point the movement between encountering the other as a subject, in their worldliness, and as an object, a body. The work borrows its title from Judith Butler's 2020 book The Force of Nonviolence. Following in Butler's footsteps, the work reflects on how we are all, as bodily, vulnerable beings, always already given over to others. To Be Given Over will be produced in its entirety as an international co-production. The two-part project comprises a video installation and a stage work. The stage work will premiere at DansiT Choreography Centre's Multiplié Dance Festival in Trondheim, Norway on March 22, 2023. It is co-produced by WAUHAUS, DansiT (Norway) and Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Estonia), in collaboration with Rosendal Teater (Norway).

To Be Given Over is WAUHAUS’s and Terike Haapoja's first artistic collaboration. Haapoja is a visual artist whose work investigates the existential and political boundaries of our world. Haapoja has focused specifically on issues arising from the anthropocentric world view of Western traditions. Animality, multispecies politics, cohabitation, time, loss, and repairing connections are recurring themes in Haapoja’s work. Haapoja represented Finland at the 2013 Venice Biennale and in 2016 they were awarded both the ANTI Live Art Prize and the State Prize for Media Art for their collaborative work with Laura Gustafsson on the piece Museum of Inhumanity.

To Be Given Over will premiere on the 22nd of March 2023 at Multiplié Dance Festival in Trondheim, Norway.

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