KATVE paakuva
Show photographer Pekka Pitkänen

KATVE [blind spot]: Algoritmi & Botanicum

  • Show times

    To 16.11. klo 19.00 (premiere)

    Pe 17.11. klo 19.00

    La 18.11. klo 17.00

  • Duration 2h, intermission

Futuristic daydreams: A captivating double bill of the dance works Algoritmi and Botanicum

Dance company KATVE [blind spot] brings to the stage two visually stunning new dance works that probe the mysteries of life and existence. The twin works Algoritmi and Botanicum study the idea of humanity as part of nature, exploring the same theme from different angles and combining a deep human sensibility with a sparkling sense of lightness.

We are part of nature
and that which happens in nature,
around us,
also happens in us.
Everything circles around.
All understanding changes us – as individuals and as humankind.
- Choreographer Heidi Masalin

The dance work Algoritmi was born from a curiosity towards mathematical thinking, the abstract language that seeks to explain nature.

In the words of Galileo Galilei, "the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics". Some of us have the skills to easily interpret mathematical signs and symbols; to make mind-boggling inventions; to develop new kinds of nuclear reactors. We took a different path towards mathematics. What happens when we create a musical or choreographic counterpart to numbers – a sound or movement that corresponds to a given number? How much mathematics can we find in the forms and rhythms of dance or music? How does it feel to dance an equation, or pi?

Botanicum turns our gazes and whole bodies towards the domain of plants. A plant lives in one spot, simultaneously gathering light and reaching deep into the darkness of the earth. How would it feel to live this way? How would it feel to be a tree? What kind of information do the roots seek in the ground, and how do they communicate with other plants and the whole forest?

KATVE [blind spot] is a Helsinki-based contemporary dance company founded in 2012, known for its fresh, multidimensional dance productions. The artistic director of the company is dance artist Heidi Masalin, whose works are characterized by imagination, physicality, and a boundless sense of curiosity towards the diverse phenomena of life. Masalin has worked as a choreographer since 2005, creating pieces for children, young people and adults.

The strong audiovisual style of KATVE [blind spot] contemporary dance company is created in collaboration between a multidisciplinary ensemble of professionals. The works of the company employ a strong cast of freelance dance practitioners on a project-by-project basis. Active touring across Finland is a key part of the company's activities. KATVE [blind spot] is supported by the City of Helsinki.

Ticket information

Standard ticket | 32 €
| 29 €
Discount ticket
| 23 € (professionals, under 25, students, unemployed, civil servants and conscripts)
Group ticket
| min. 10 pax 25 € per person. For group reservations, please contact info@tanssintalo.fi.

Pay What You Can | A small number of "Pay What You Can" tickets are also on sale for the performance. PWYC tickets are available at the info point that is located at the Cable Factory's Glass Courtyard and here. Read more about Pay What You Can tickets and other ticket information.


Choreography and concept

Tanja Illukka, Heidi Masalin


Heidi Masalin


Jonna Eiskonen, Tanja Illukka, Satu Rekola

Sound design

Tuuli Kyttälä


Anni Elonen (violin, percussion), Hanna Haapamäki (recorder, traverso, percussion)

Lighting and video design

Pekka Pitkänen

Costume and set design

Lotta Esko


Jouka Valkama

Expert advisor/consultant

Riitta Kyrki-Rajamäki

Professor emerita of Nuclear Energy Technology, Lappeenranta University of Technology


KATVE [blind spot]

Production services

Arts Management Helsinki


Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, MES foundation for music promotion, City of Espoo, City of Helsinki, Vantaan Tanssiopisto


Choreoography, concept and dance

Tanja Illukka, Heidi Masalin

Lighting and video design

Pekka Pitkänen

Sound design

Tuuli Kyttälä


Olli Havu, Tuuli Kyttälä

Costume design

Terttu Torkkola

Costume making

Elina Tuomisto

Box design

Lotta Esko


Karel Čapek, Eeva Kilpi, Sinikka Piippo


Pekka Pitkänen, Pasi Orrensalo


KATVE [blind spot]


Finnish Culture Foundation, Svenska Kulturfonden, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, City of Helsinki, Vantaan Tanssiopisto

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