Iwaoka – Lehtovaara – Malkki: Dysmorphic

Puppetry – Dance – Music

Performance about body image disturbances

Three Bodies. Foam rubber. Microphone. Dark and hopeful Dysmorphic is a performance about body image disorders and is targeted for adult audiences. It combines puppetry, contemporary dance and live music made only by human voices.

The basis of Dysmorphic is in BDD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, that makes some normal-looking people think their appearance deformed, monstrous or repulsive. Dysmorphic swarms absurd and imaginary but yet realistic images of the mind struggling with body dysmorphic disorder but can be seen reflecting also more common body image concerns which everybody is struggling with every now and then.

Dysmorphic is widely physical performance, where contemporary dance interlaces puppetry and music. Performers are loaning their limbs and other body parts to the puppets and puppets are reforming the bodily borders of the performers. Mostly composed music is played live during the performance and it utilizes only bodily voice and sound techniques such as singing and body percussions.

The performance is built around puppetry, dance and live music. Dysmorphic reveals the struggle of all those suffering from dysmorphic disorders endeavoring to dissolve the shame caused by it and to increase awareness.

Artistic Crew:

SCRIPT AND CONCEPT Erika Malkki | DIRECTION Maija Westerholm and crew | CHOREOGRAPHY Tashi Iwaoka | SOUND DESIGN, COMPOSITION AND MUSIC REHEARSALS Aino Lehtovaara | PERFORMERS Tashi Iwaoka, Aino Lehtovaara and Erika Malkki | COSTUME DESIGN Amita Kilumanga | PUPPET BUILDING Erika Malkki | LIGHT DESIGN Magnús Sigurðarson | PRODUCTION Crew, Aurinkobaletti and Aura of Puppets

Premiere: 8.9.2022 | Manilla, Turku, FI

Other performances: 9.9.–1.10 and 2.–3.11.2022
Duration: approximately 60 minutes

Age recommendation: +14 years

Thu 8.9. at 19.00

Fri 9.9. at 19.00
Thu 22.9. at 19.00

Fri 23.9. at 19.00

Sat 24.9. at 17.00
Thu 29.9. at 19.00

Fri 30.9. at 19.00

Sat 1.10. at 17.00
Wed 2.11. at 20.15

Thu 3.11. at 20.15

25 € single ticket

23 € pensioners

15 € students, children (under 18 years), unemployed persons, and persons in civil service or in the army.
Tickets from AB Dance Company online ticket sales.

Dysmorphic aims to tour international venues and therefore is easily transported. The minimalist stage setting consists of three performers, a microphone and varying amounts of foam rubber from which all or most of the props are made of.

Premiere: September 2022
Dysmorphic is a collaboration of the artistic group, Aura of Puppets and Aurinkobaletti

Technical information

Duration: approx. 60 minutes
Language: non-verbal
Age Limit: Adults / 14+

Performance Space:

Middle sized theatres, preferably black box (premier at the stage approx.10mx12m)

audience capacity: 100-250 seats