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Petri Kekoni Company & Avanti! Chamber Orchestra: The Meaning of Zero

  • Show times

    Fri 27.10. at 7PM

    Sat 28.10. at 7PM

    Tue 31.10. at 7PM

  • A discussion with the artists after the performance on Sat 28 of October.

Created for five dancers and two musicians, The Meaning of Zero is a furious cross-disciplinary exploration into zeroness. The concept of zero has been fundamental to human development and it has formed the basis of all modern technology. The piece fuses mathematical thinking with flourishing, impulsive movement energy.

The art of Petri Kekoni Company has always revolved around fundamental human questions. In this work, the company continues their excavation towards the ground truths and concrete mental foundations of the society we have constructed.

The concept of zero is basic to all animals and is not exclusive to humans. According to research, crows have been able to recognize the concept of zero, which has led us to select the image of a crow as the visual identifier of the piece. The way that the idea of zero permeates the living world tells us something essential about our universe and of understanding; in order to have something, first we must have a not-something.

The Meaning of Zero marks the first collaboration between Petri Kekoni and composer Ville Aslak Raasakka. The music is realized in collaboration with Avanti! chamber orchestra. In addition to choreographic content, the meaning of zero is sought through sound.

"Over my 25-year career as a choreographer focusing on the refinement of movement, I have developed a particular movement method in which one can identify a kind of canon that is carried along from one work to the next. From this collection of kinetic gestures, one can identify the "zero" movement, the basis of all. It doesn't need to be a single defined movement, but instead I believe it to be more of a physical attitude and quality of being. The floor is always important, especially now, it is an interface in a life´s coordinate system. Above you mark positive things and below negative things, in between we´ll find zero."

– Petri Kekoni

"The musical significance of zero is realized through a bold compositional approach in which the extremely quiet sounds of the cello and bass flute combine with the electronically captured and processed movement sounds of the dancers to create a massive, multilayered space. Before even the sound of instruments and footfalls, there exists the white noise of the bow, the breath, and movement. These concrete sounds travel from their natural domain into digital, hyperactive incorporeality and back, growing ever more powerful through the transformation."

– Ville Aslak Raasakka

A discussion with the artists after the performance on Sat 28 of October.

Ticket information

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Standard ticket | 35 €
Discount ticket | 20€ (Students, pensioners, unemployed, professionals)

Lippupiste's order fee 1,50€–4,10€ is added to the price


Choreography, scenography and concept

Petri Kekoni


Ville Aslak Raasakka


Tanja Illukka, Meeri Lempiäinen, Anna Stenberg, Pekka Louhio, Saku Koistinen

Musicians / Chamber orchestra Avanti!

Ida-Vilhelmiina Sinivalo (cello), Martta Jämsä (flute), Anders Pohjola (electronics)

Lighting design

Anna Rouhu

Costume design

Joanna Weckman


Pasi Orrensalo

Graphic design

Jukka Kuisma / Iasy Oy

Video capture

Thomas Freundlich / Lumikinos Oy


Merja Pylkkänen


Petri Kekoni Company / Liikkeen puolesta kannatusyhdistys ry

In collaboration with

Dance House Helsinki, chamber orchestra Avanti!

Supported by

Arts promotion centre Finland, Helsinki city, Finnish cultural foundation


27.10.2023 at 19.00 at Pannu Hall, Dance house Helsinki, Finland

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