BOLKA – Ode to Endorphins

Bolka is a performance that combines human sound and movement by choreographer Reetta-Kaisa Iles and the musician Eero Turkka. The scenography is made by costume designer Mirkka Nyrhinen. This highly cooperative work is wrapped around the concept of pain. The artists’ own aging, the challenges in bodies, the upheavals of life and the spiritual, the breathing challenges, have given their own impetus to this subject. We live in a time where there is no place for pain, we want to get rid of it, it is infused indefinitely out of our system, it is the way of our efficiency, the obstacle of our happiness.

Thought and feelings are nerve impulses inside the brain. Pain is a series of nerve impulses that are shaped by our thoughts and feelings. So the pain itself does not make our lives intolerable. It is caused by suffering due to our thoughts and feelings about pain. It has been studied that pain can be transmitted the same as emotions, such as joy or sorrow, from one person to another. The power of music as a producer of pleasure and pain reliever is based on chemical reactions in which the natural drugs of the body, endorphins, are released. The feeling of satisfaction pushes us on the move, creating the need for dance, helping to forget the pain and reminding of what it feels to be alive.

Bolka is a work of pain and tolerance. Ode to endorphins. Dance for the union of mind and body.

Performers: Reetta-Kaisa Iles, Eero Turkka
Choreography: Reettta-Kaisa Iles
Music: Eero Turkka
Skenography: Mirkka Nyrhinen
Photo: Mira Kolanen
Production: JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre