“O’DD” by Race Horse Company
The Sci-Fi inspired anti-gravity show O’DD by Race Horse Company (Finland) in Riga this April! Trampoline-wizard Rauli Dahlberg is joined by the award-winning choreographer Jarkko Mandelin, master of live-looping Miro Mantere and visionary light designer Jere Mönkkönen in creating contemporary circus from another dimension.
April 5th and 6th, 2022, 8PM
VEF Cultural Palace (Ropažu iela 2).
Length of the show: 52 min
Suggested age: 12+ (nudity on stage)
“O’DD” – humanity in the guts of gravity
O’DD is visionary contemporary circus and an adventure story of humanity in the guts of gravity. The extremely physical show of a solo acrobat plays with the laws of physics until they bend and one can break free from their grasp. Through wordless acrobatic movement the essence of humanity is altered, the individual is cut into layers and imagined anew.
The Sci-Fi inspired O’DD premiered in the Espoo City Theatre in 2020. The show is a 50-minute spectacle for teens and adults and can attract audiences of all circus, dance, music and performance arts.
For creation, the director and artist of the show, Rauli Dahlberg, drew inspiration from books and movies of Science-Fiction and their imaginative abstract stories and scenarios. Rauli felt that there should be no limitations to the stories that could be told through circus and started working on O’DD already in 2012 through acrobatic experimentation and writing the script and themes of human growth on personal and universal level.
The naked body that is seen on the stage at the very beginning of the show, is a symbol of birth – a new start for both, a man, and civilization.
On stage Dahlberg shows his skills with several unique props, his wizardry on the trampoline and the vigorous feats on acrobatic balls. He is joined by musician, and pioneer of live-looping, Miro Mantere, who’s compositions and several self-made instruments create an atmospheric soundscape with room for improvisation and interaction for both artists. Dahlberg also collaborated with award winning choreographer Jarkko Mandelin on the specific blend and quality of movement from the worlds of circus and dance. The audiovisual spectacle is completed by the lighting design of Jere Mönkkönen.
Race Horse Company
Uncompromising contemporary circus Race Horse Company was born in 2008 out of need to create uncompromising and unique circus with no holds barred. The rough-and-ready performances are based on strong acrobatic skills, the aesthetics of chaos, dark humour and surprise. Balancing the real sense of danger with comedic relief, the extremely physical acrobatic shows have left a huge mark in the world of contemporary circus. Since the very beginning, Race Horse Company has focused on international touring with their hit shows like Petit Mal and Super Sunday. The team quickly went from Finnish circus scenes best kept secret to one of the most touring Finnish performing arts companies.
Race Horse Company’s founding members were awarded with the State’s Circus Award in 2016 for their risk-taking and uncompromising work. In their decade of breaking boundaries (and a few bones) the company has produced several shows that continue to merge creative chaos with unparalleled attitude.
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