Contemporary Ballet


Tomi Paasonen


With Attitude, Tomi Paasonen returns to ballet and returns to what used to be his dance focus for 30 years. It is time to examine processes, forms and techniques from his choreographic practice in the 1990s from today's perspective.

Attitude is a contemporary ballet etude created for the Berlin-based queer ballet dancers who dance on pointe and a drag performer - for the Istanbul-born dancer Orhun Mersin, and Ted Littlemore from Canada and the brilliant Scottish drag performer Gieza Poke. Attitude is a study of what happens when you mix the rigorous academic vocabulary of classical ballet and pointe dance with contemporary choreographic and dramaturgical impulses. It is an experiment that uses technical skill and virtuosity for new critical perspectives on the classical form. Fusing the dancers' autobiographical narratives with pop culture and queer sensibilities, it aims to expand the uses of the pointe shoe, which becomes the fuel for movement and choreography.

Choreography, direction, soundtrack, costumes: Tomi Paasonen
Dance: Orhun Mersin, Ted Littlemore , Gieza Poke
Lighting design: Asier Solana
Photo: Jenkins & Jenkins

Language: English
Duration: 60 min

A production by Tomi Paasonen in co-production with DOCK ART, funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion.