© Christoffer Collina
Blueberry Burdock is an upcoming solo piece by circus artist and director Olli Vuorinen, directed by Thom Monckton. It is a journey of a character overwhelmed by an abundance of options, losing himself and reality to a labyrinth of indecision. Expressed through a combination of visual narration, object manipulation, and comical absurdity, Blueberry Burdock dances playfully in a place of limbo.
Relatably, the character tries in vain to create order out of a careless chaos, losing himself further down a rabbit hole of nonsense. His body, environment and objects seem to have their own minds. He gets entangled in contradictory road signs, flips solid walls, and loses surprisingly large objects - it’s like a giant puzzle where none of the pieces quite fit. He moves in a surreal world where things, places, and objects are constantly changing forms giving them new interpretations.
Blueberry Burdock is a place in the middle of nowhere, at the crossroads of the mind, a combination of surreal scenes and bodily narratives that express the complexity of the lived experience. It is at the same time everywhere and nowhere, inside and outside, still and constant changing.
Blueberry Burdock freely combines the techniques of physical theater, juggling and object manipulation. The work is based on Vuorinen's years of artistic research on bodily conflicts and various materials and objects.
Kalle Oja / Olli Vuorinen
Nuua, Pragma Helsinki
Arts Promotion Centre Finland, City of Helsinki, Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth, Kone Foundation, Haihatus