Man and Woman.

– Demonstrations of basic things

Man and woman by Reetta-Kaisa Iles and Tuomas Juntunen. Costumes by Jaana Kurttila, light designer Janne Teivainen.

How does it feel to be in a woman´s body? How about man´s?

What can you find behind the set up of relationship?

Is it possible to be naked?

Is it sexy to wear a national costume? Is a man sexy in it?

Some scenes of the piece are not suitable for kids

Mies ja Nainen.Mies ja Nainen.Mies ja Nainen.

Photos: Petra Tiihonen

The premiere of the piece was 30th of September 2014 in Helsinki


Trailer by Kim Saarinen

Kuopio premiere friday 30.1.2015 at 7 PM at Sotku (Suokatu 42/2)

Sat 31.1.2015 at 7 PM Sotku, Kuopio

Sat 21.2.2015 at 7 PM Sotku, Kuopio

Su 22.2.2015 at 3 PM Sotku, Kuopio

Sat 7.3.2015 at 7 PM Sotku, Kuopio

Su 8.3.2015 at 3 PM Sotku, Kuopio

Ticket sales from dance theatre Minimi´s web shop

Man and Woman. is produced by Tsuumi dance theatre, dance theatre Minimi and the working group.

Man and woman. is supported by Jenny and Antti Wihuri foundation, Finnish cultural foundation and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.


(suomi) Maksuttomat paritanssituokiot eli Kaupunkitanssit pyörähtävät kesän 2016 osalta käyntiin maanantaina 30.5. Ensimmäinen opetustuokio pidetään Pikkuhuopalahdessa. Katso koko kesän ohjelma täältä!

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Attic is a time and a relationship reflective duet piece. It examines duration of relationship, the difficulty of being in the moment. Attic is a visual dance theatre work, which includes drama, passion, and a touch of humor.  Attic is at the same time a touching, delightful, funny and serious piece of art.

Vintti MV kollaasi Kuvat Katarina Makvits

“How can anything take longer than the time? The couple is wondering this together and alone.

Have we been here for eternity? Is this going to end? The train is moving, but are we on board?

I’m tired of wondering. Can we just be? Asks the woman.

But where are we? Replies the man. On the way. Says the woman. Hold on! Let´s stop!

We cannot stop, we are forced to continue. Let´s just wonder, it is wonderful. Do not panic.

No, but could you be here, right now?

Here I am, I am.

I mean, present”

Vintti Kollaasi MV Kuvat Katarina Makvits

Paloniemi’s way of working combines contemporary dance theatre’s techniques and expressions with folk dance. Paloniemi is always looking for different kinds of motion and expression related ways to approach his works, and this makes Attic a memorable and touching show. The choreographer goes way back with the man behind the visuals and sounds of Attic, Janne Teivainen. This unique collaboration creates a work of art made from skillful dance theatrics and wonderful visuals.


Choreography: Matti Paloniemi

Visual design: Janne Teivainen

Dancers: Salla Korja-Paloniemi, Samuli Nordberg

Composition and sound design: Janne Teivainen

Musicians on the audiotape:

Harri Topi, cello

Antti Raekallio, guitars and busuk

Janne Teivainen, piano

Carpet painter: Aura Angervo

Dress modifier: Maria Hämäläinen

The premiere of Attic was 12.4.2013 in Kouvola.

Duration of the piece is 35 minutes

Photos of the performance at Flickr


(suomi) Tanssiteatteri Tsuumin toukokuun uutiskirje on ilmestynyt. Aiheina muun muassa esitykset kesän festivaaleilla sekä pian alkavat kaupunkitanssit. Lue uutiskirje kokonaisuudessaan tästä!


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Kake – On the way to stardom

Tsuumi Dance Theatre´s piece  at Alexander theatre, Helsinki, explores Finnish mental landscape. The theme of the performance is the illusion of Finland, the Finnish fairyland. Matti Paloniemi is the choreographer in the piece witch tells about a band called Kake. The band is entranced of 80´s synthesizer sounds and schlager. The band has huge dreams and they are planning a massive world tour, but different dreams of the band members and unrealized hopes are bringing tensions in the band’s journey. The performance is interesting mixture of dance, music and theatre. All performers are dancing, singing, acting and playing in the Kake-band.

Kake - Tiellä tähtiin Kuva: Mikko Mäntyniemi, Graafinen suunnittelu: Jimmy Träskelin

Next performances:
Thursday 4.2.2016 at 7 p:m, Alexander Theatre, Helsinki
Friday 19.2.2016 at 7 p:m, Malmitalo, Helsinki
Wednesday 30.3.2016 at 7 p:m, Alexander Theatre, Helsinki

Buy tickets from here

Kake – On the way to stardom premiere at  Savoy theatre Helsinki was tuesday 13 th of October  2015 at 7 p:m

The second performance at wednesday 14 th of October at 7 p:m

Tickets 28 / 22 euro tel. 09 310 12000

Buy ticket from Ticket Service’s website

Choreography: Matti Paloniemi

Costymes: Jaana Kurttila

Music: Jarno Tastula/ Finnhits

Lights: Janne Teivainen

Performers: Reetta-Kaisa Iles, Tuomas Juntunen, Salla Korja-Paloniemi, Jarno Tastula, Janne Teivainen

Photos: Mikko Mäntyniemi

Graphic design: Jimmy Träskelin

Teaser by: Kim Saarinen

The production is supported by Niilo Helander foundation


Elämän (t)ehostajat – The Life Enhancers

Photo: Jukka Mäkinen

The developers of Y.C.H.I.A (You Can Have It All) method, the engineers of feelgood, will show you the way through the impossible to the possible. Are you interested in a fast track to spiritual and material success? This coffee room musical is a reasonably priced, unreasonably fast and mind-bogglingly efficient way to enhance your life.  Y.C.H.I.A will set your mind free and you can have IT ALL!

The performance is available for all kinds of events – business, private of festival!

Choreography, concept, music, dance, blender, egg timer, shaker, lecturing:
Reetta-Kaisa Iles & Tuomas Juntunen

Kuopio, 29.1.2016

Future performances:
Lapinlahden lähde, Helsinki sat 10.9.2016
Kiertoliike, Jyväskylä thu 22.9.2016


Our heritage


Our Heritage  is a raw and extremely charged stage work, the core of which being the human body and voice. The piece concentrates on age-old motherhood, its power and weakness, animalism and carnality.

This is not a story about the motherhood of today – how to combine work and family in everyday life – nor is it about being a victim, drowning in nappies, struggling with relationships.

It is a primitive shout-out to our foremothers, not forgetting the power and strength of motherhood.

We have stopped at the crossroads of past and present. There is a lot of talk about paternal legacy. But what do we, women, carry in our bodies and move forward to our children? Who owns the memories we carry unknowingly, and how do they affect the following generations?

The team has been studying the history of motherhood through literature, fine arts and academic research. They have also interviewed their mothers and grandmothers. The background themes of the music are in Finnish tradition, combining it boldly to the electric soundscapes of the present day. It is a multidisclipinary stage work, using sound, song, dance and spoken text to discuss taboos about motherhood.

Concept: Working group

On stage:
Musician Charlotta Hagfors
Choreographer-dancer Retta-Kaisa Iles
Actor Elsa Saisio

Skenography: Jaana Kurttila
Sound design: Vesa Norilo

Premiere of the piece is at Open Doors Theatre, Helsinki on November 2016

Performances Tue 15.11.,  Thu 24.11. and Wed 30.11. at 7 PM
Sat 21.1.2017 and Sun 22.1.2017 at 4 PM

Tickets: 25/23/19 eur

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Photos: Hanna Koikkalainen

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Quiet emotions

Two people, unknown to each other, nod, walk to the center of the hall, embrace each other, find a common rhythm, blend with each other, hover for a moment, share a dance, hide their feelings, nod again and part.

The work takes these charismatic performers into the heart of a Finnish couple dance, into communal celebration, where loneliness shouts its existence and quiet emotions discuss their own silent language.

Hiljaiset tunteet Kuva:Marko Mäkinen

Photo: Marko Mäkinen

Choreoghraphy: Reetta-Kaisa Iles
Dancers: Marjo Kuusela, Ervi Sirén, Reijo Kela, Alpo Aaltokoski
Music: Eero Grundsrtröm and Taito Hoffrén
Costume designer: Jaana Kurttila
Lights and scenography: William Iles

The premiere of Quiet emotions was at Full Moon Dance Festival on July 2015.

Performances at Helsinki 12.-14.2.2016.

Buy tickets here

Thanks to Finnish Cultural Foundation, National Council for Music, The Arts Council of North Savo.

Trailer by Teemu Kyytinen