The Days invites the audience to share an encounter with two exceptional Finnish performers, Maria Nurmela and Ville Oinonen. Constructed from a singular physical task, that sustains throughout the work, The Days engenders a world of shifting negotiations, complex feelings and comic disconnection. Caught in an impossible loop of absurd and heartfelt exchanges, the performer’s journey takes the form of a lifetime shared in this compelling performance about care, resilience and the desire for connection.
The Days is the initiative of Finnish dance artists, Maria Nurmela and Ville Oinonen who in 2017 invited Clinkard to create a duet they could perform together. Nurmela and Oinonen regularly collaborate and tour internationally with companies and choreographers whilst also creating their own independent productions.
The Days premiered in December 2018 at the Dance Month Festival in Pori, Finland and has toured across Finland and to Scotland, Switzerland and Russia. The UK tour is supported by The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Regional Dance Center of the Western Finland and by the Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland.
Concept, Direction and Design: Theo Clinkard
Realisation and Performance: Ville Oinonen and Maria Nurmela
Composition/sound design: James Keane
Lighting design: Kalle Ropponen
Dramaturgy: Leah Marojević
Technical Producer: Janne Teivainen
Production: Working group
Premiere: 10.12.2018 Pori Theatre, Tanssikuu Festival
Photo: Olivia Hansson
Photo: Ville Oinonen
Photo: Karoliina Korvuo