Our social democratic bodies

Our social democratic bodies is the first part of Maija Hirvanen’s trilogy Operation We. The piece draws from the working groups personal and collective experiences of how ideologies impact the body at the time when one is growing up. Hirvanen and her collaborators were growing up in Finland in the 1980’s. They identify generation experiences connected to, for instance, gender neutrality, consensus seeking and general ideals of equality. From these notions, Our social democratic bodies looks at how ideology could be approached choreographically and in a performative manner.

The piece asks, what is ‘we’ in the current times? Who we? The different work names of the episodes of the piece include ‘Dancing the War Away’, ‘My first Marimekko’, ‘right to care’, ‘More coffee?’ and ‘The most beautiful hymns’.

In 2015, Our social democratic bodies has been made into a new version.

Choreography and direction Maija Hirvanen
Performers Satu Herrala, Eeva Muilu, Miikka Tuominen
Lighting and set design Heikki Paasonen
Dress design Jouko Korkeasaari and Ville Häkkinen
Production Zodiak center for new dance and Maija Hirvanen