After Yesterday

Production info

Music of Kancheli inspired this solo choreography made for dancer Anna Palmio.

“I am a great admirer of Kanchel’s music, and Morning Prayers has followed me for over ten years. I have at various times tried to make this choreography, but without success. Now at last the pieces fell into place and I got to work with Anna on the choreography as a dialogue with the music. After yesterday journeys into the self and the past, from the present moment into the future, and reminds us that it is hope that keeps us going.”
Alpo Aaltokoski 21.9.2008

Choreography: Alpo Aaltokoski
Dance: Anna Palmio
Music: Giya Kancheli
Costume designer: Anna Pérez
Lighting designer: Kalle Paasonen
Make-up: Tuija Luukkainen
Hairdressing: Tuire Hämäläinen
Production: Canela in cooperation with Alpo Aaltokoski Company

Duration: 24 minutes

Premiere: October 7, 2008 Alexander Theatre, Helsinki

Press quotations

[After yesterday] is exceptionally slow and minimalist, like a butoh performance. The unbelievable intensity and feeling of internal emotional fire in the movement in Palmio’s interpretation draws an extremely precise journey before us, from pain towards nascent hope and light.
Annikki Alku, Uutispäivä Demari 14.10.2008

After yesterday, which Alpo Aaltokoski made for Anna Palmio, is a chilling experience. The journey, which portrays the dancer’s spiritual growth, happens at the same pace as Japanese noh theatre. In other words, nothing much happens. And yet, massive movements occur in the spectator’s mind! The fantastic Palmio reserves an enormous charge and tension for the very last moment, providing an ending that is also liberating for the spectator.
Jussi Tossavainen, Helsingin Sanomat 10.10.2008

Performance history

Premiere:
October 7, 2008 Alexander Theatre, Helsinki, Finland
October 7-11, 2008 Alexander Theatre, Helsinki, Finland
October 18, 2008 VPK-teatteri, Pyhäsalmi, Finland
November 8-12, 2008 Kanneltalo, Helsinki, Finland
September 26, 2009 Time of Dance Festival, Jyväskylä, Finland
October 28-30, 2009 Kanneltalo, Helsinki, Finland
November 24, 2009 Vaasan kaupunginteatteri, Vaasa, Finland
August 6-15, 2010 Myllysali, Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland
September 16, 2010 Oamk-näyttämö, Oulu, Finland
September 19, 2010 Generaattori, Kajaani, Finland
September 21, 2010 Kiurusali, Kiuruvesi, Finland
August 26, 2011 Rikhardinkadun kirjasto, Helsinki
November 15-18, 2012 Stoa the Cultural Centre of Eastern Helsinki (3)
July 31, August 5 – 6, 2014 DRIFT – Dance in Suomenlinna, Myllysali hall, Helsinki

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