Studies in the interaction between man and nature – how man shapes a landscape and what kind of marks he leaves on it. In the passage of time millions and millions of marks have vanished and become a part of the landscape.
In Sahara Aaltokoski combines video film and dance and creates a multi-dimensional world. Sahara comes alive in the dancers’ bodies, in their movement and their relation to one another. The video material is filmed in the Tunisian desert.
What if the wandering ends into this yellow day?
Time flows from a fading picture.
Or if it does not end.
The same mirage now and afar.
Marks of us are at times visible in the earth. And the landscape in us.”
Text: Hannele Jyrkkä
Choreography and direction: Alpo Aaltokoski
Dance: Melissa Monteros, Raisa Punkki, Katri Soini, Pirjo Yli-Maunula, Reijo Kela, Mojciech Mochniej
Video directing: Tapani Launonen
Video photographer: J-P Passi
Video editing: Tapani Launonen, J-P Passi
Light and set design: Tarja Ervasti
Music and sound design: Mikko Hynninen
Costume design: Marja Uusitalo
Photos and graphics: Ninna Lindström
Premiere: April 25, 2002 in JoJo – Oulu Dance Center, Finland