A solo with and by Tomi Paasonen
This piece is the result of a collateral damage. Having lost my August 2020 job due to the pandemic, when I was asked to part take in the Hybrid Festival I spontaneously decided to dive into a two week process in the studio, to dance, to build, to make a world. To vent and to shed. After a 6 month period of globally, collectively and individually isolating and negotiating every human interaction, we are all experiencing the epic paradigm shifting wave of the earth shedding itself from our habits and ways of life.
This solo deals with the neurosis of the body in
a confined space, unleashes our paradoxical
disconnection from the natural world. Escapes
into the malleable projections of fake news as a
replacement of our desire to connect. The
homesickness for the ways of life we have lost
is confused by attention to detail, in order to
distract ourselves from the invisible threats
forcing us question our priorities.
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Tomi Paasonen, born 1970 in Helsinki, Finland, is a choreographer, artistic director, dancer, curator, mentor and teacher. After dancing as a soloist at the Hamburg Ballet of John Neumeier (1989-1994), at Lines Ballet by Alonzo King in San Francisco (1994-1995) and The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago (1995-1997), his dance career was cut short because of an accident. Consequently he co-founded KUNST-STOFF, a San Francisco based interdisciplinary dance and art-event production company, that brought together dancers and performers with different backgrounds, from ballet dancers, contact improvisers to performance artists, mixing fine arts, new technology, science and subculture in theatres, galleries, public spaces and in nature. It also cross pollinated many communities and acted as a forum for multiple voices.
In 2002 he moved to Berlin, where he launched PAA (Public Artistic Affairs) and worked internationally as a choreographer and stage director branching out into other genres. His eclectic dance-, opera- and other projects have a generous aesthetic language as he often designs his pieces around materiality and its interactions with the body. The productions are often rooted in autobiographical layers, provided by the theme-specific casts he chooses for his pieces. His practice of working both with professional dancers, performers and laymen, ranging from differently abled performers, prisoners, sexual
and other minorities and people with different kinds of bodies and backgrounds, has led him to develop an expansive array of working methods.
During the years 2013-2018 he was Artistic Director of ITAK in Finland, programming dance productions for several venues in the region, granting production resources for local choreographers, producing and mentoring about a dozen local productions per year and curating two annual dance festivals.
2019-2020 marked the year of his return back on stage after 23 years. His autobiographical “Retrospectrum – 5 solos for 5 decades” is his first ever solo piece he has choreographed for himself.
Tomi has been awarded with the critic's Newcomer of the Year in San Francisco 1998, "Theatre Event of the Year 2000" in Finland for his piece Olotila - State of Being. Awarded the "Pro Dance Stipend” in Finland. KUNST-STOFF has been awarded with the Bay Guardian Goldie Award - Company of the Year in San Francisco and his piece "W" was nominated for the Isadora Duncan Award for best piece of 2004 in San Francisco. Critics Choice "Collaboration of the Year 2007" by Arnd Wesemann / Ballett/
Tanz for the piece "Interface". His piece "Monogram" won 2nd price at the International Solo Dance Festival in Stuttgart in 2009. His work has been performed and produced throughout Europe, in New York, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Brazil, Hong Kong and Tokyo.