Petri Kekoni Company: 369°

Petri Kekoni Company: 369°

Petri Kekoni’s ensemble work 369° is a movement sculpture that is always viewed from multiple angles and perspectives. The work represents a pattern of movement that is active in every direction; a circle that has exceeded its full rotation is the beginning of a spiral. We encourage the audience to find new directions for looking at the movement, seeking a shared vortex of performers and viewers. The stage becomes a focal point burned by the gaze of the audience.

The atmosphere and presentation of the work find historical references in the sacrality of an altar, the brutality of a boxing match, or the hustle and bustle of a medieval market. In the middle of the space, the dancers undergo their own absurd survival fight under the eye of the audience. The architecture and spaciousness of the performance venue – Cirko’s Maneesi, or Manege – create the ideal bounds for this struggle.

“In addition to its numeral rhythm, the title of the piece is a statement against the need to always seek perfection,” says choreographer Petri Kekoni. “360 degrees form a perfect circle, which is a concept that is antithetical to art. Mathematically speaking, there is no such thing as 369 degrees, since it’s not possible to go beyond the complete – in theory. What is perfect is in balance, and that is something that we don’t want. The idea of balance is a kind of phantom that we keep fleeing from in work after work.”

The dance work 369° is the latest step in the long-time collaboration between Kekoni and sound artist Antti Nykyri. Previously, they have worked on Kekoni’s dance pieces Theses of the Deed (2011) and Non-Linear (2014–15). The dance ensemble of the work is a potent mix of Kekoni’s experienced long-time collaborators and fresh movement ideas from the latest generation of young dancers.

– Petri Kekoni

Running time ca. 50 min
Location & accessibility Cirko – Center for New Circus
Age recommendation +12
Tickets 27 / 20 / 15 / 35 €
Thu 12.11. at 19:00 Fri 13.11. at 19:00 Sat 14.11. at 19:00


Choreography and concept

Petri Kekoni


Tanja Illukka, Meeri Lempiäinen, Pekka Louhio, Anna Stenberg, Eero Vesterinen


Antti Nykyri

Lighting design

Jukka Huitila

Costume design

Monika Hartl

Set design

Petri Kekoni, Heikki Rosti


Pasi Orrensalo


Anne Peippo

Technical realization

Heikki Rosti / Telakka Oy


Petri Kekoni Company / Liikkeen puolesta ry