Milla Koistinen, Paul Valikoski and Ladislav Zajac join together, bringing their respective backgrounds in choreography, music and visual arts in the performance Pas de deux #1 - Constructing Love. Two people are led through a passage of encounter, separation, unification and ultimately, exit. Simple objects and sound invite interaction from the pair, which generates a distinctive choreography, and allows for individual reflection and shared moments. The performance is based on a question of the philosopher Alain Badiou: “What kind of world does one see when one experiences it from the point of view of two and not one?” The performance offers the audience a unique opportunity to explore the complex themes of identity, love, and power dynamics through a dynamic and engaging performance.
The performance can be experienced in pairs for a time slot of 12 minutes. It is a performance that can only take place if two (and only two) viewers come together in the same location at the exact same time. Additionally, it won't happen unless they fully immerse themselves in the world the artists have built for them.
Pas de deux #1 - Constructing Love is the first part of a series by Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, a Berlin based group of musicians and performers.\
Milla Koistinen is a Finnish choreographer based in Berlin. She graduated from the Theatre Academy in Helsinki and has worked with Kristian Smeds, Hiroaki Umeda, Peter Verhelst, Christine Gaigg and Cie Heddy Maalem. Since 2008 she tours internationally with her own work. In 2020-2024 Koistinen’s work is supported by apap – FEMINIST FUTURES – a project co-founded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.
Paul Valikoski studied violin at the Glenn Gould Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Since 2006 he lives and works in Berlin as an instrumentalist and composer. Interested in collaborative performance settings, Valikoski plays as a member of Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, and as a guest with Ensemble Resonanz in Hamburg. He has collaborated among others with Susanne Kennedy, Martin Eder, Sasha Waltz & Guests, FC Bergman, Sabrina Hölzer, Mouse on Mars and Georg Nussbaumer. Since 2017 he has worked closely together with Milla Koistinen as a sound designer.
Ladislav Zajac was born in 1978 in Košice in the former Czechoslovakia and studied in 2000-2007 in the Academy of Arts in Nürnberg and in Palermo. His work has been awarded several times, in 2009 by the Kunstförderpreis des Freistaates Bayern, 2011 by the debutant prize of Freistaates Bavaria and the Space Art Award Düsseldorf. In 2013 he was awarded the US Research Fellowship of the Freistaates Bayern. Since 2009 he has regularly worked for musical stage and stage productions, among others with Sabrina Hölzer, Philip Bergmann and Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop.