everything except the norm
Taneli TÖRMÄ/LOCATION X (FIN) Distortion
  • 2021.05.04. 19:00 - 23:55

L1danceFest 2019

Movement-based International Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts

18th annual edition organized by L1 Association in Budapest

2019. September 4.

Choreography/Performance: Taneli Törmä

Sound artists/Technician: Esa M. Mattila

Photo: Stella Krämer Horta

Supported by FinnAgora – The Finnish Institute in Budapest, LOCATION X, O Espaço Do Tempo

Main supporters of the festival: L1 Association, Ministry of Human Capacities (EMMI), National Cultural Fund (NKA) Dance Board



“Distortion – Statue of GoGo dancer”

Distortion explores Taneli’s background as a go-go-dancer. On the podium he attempts to make the audience dance, but also stages himself as an object that has no real power over the audience reactions. How to stay true to the goals of entertainment and true to yourself while being watched?

Distortion is a Go-Go dance performance created by LOCATION X. Distortion explores Taneli Törmä’s background as a go-go-dancer. Accompanied with a 2 m x 2 m podium and a sound system he attempts to make the audience dance, but also stages himself as an object that has no real power over the audience reactions. Is this what it is like to be a statue? Would a go-go dancer still make a better statue than the cold stones we usually stare to build our nations and our histories? Being past 30 years old Taneli also has to admit that his go-go dancing is not what it used to be! However the situation provides him a possibility to investigate the line between being an object and the subjective freedom – the freedom of being a person. Distortion artist team includes Taneli Törmä (FIN/DK) (choreographer & performer & artistic director of LOCATION X) and Esa M. Mattila (FIN) (sound artist & composer & touring sound technician). Project is part of Tanelis continuous research, about his dance background and present it present form. Distortion was started in O Espaco Do Tempo’s sound residency in July 2018 in Portugal and in L1danceFest 2019 artists will present it first time in public.


Taneli Törmä is a Finnish artist based in Denmark, active in the fields of contemporary dance and film. He is a performer, choreographer and the artistic director of his company LOCATION X. He was educated at the Finnish National Ballet School and gained vocational qualifications in dance in Helsinki/Finland 2002-2005 and Compagnia Roberto Zappala Modem Studio atelier in Catania/Italy 2007-2008. Taneli has worked around Europe with several companies including Svenska Teattern (FIN), Finnish National Opera and Ballet (FIN), Bora Bora – Visual Theater (DK), Dansehallerne (DK), Mancopy (DK), Oldenburg Staatstheater (DE), Staatstheater Mainz (DE), Bremen Theater (DE), Kobalt Works (BE), Random Collision (NL), Zodiak-Centre for New Dance (FIN), Söltumatu Tantsu Ühendus (EST).

Aerowaves has selected LOCATION X works twice: Zoom in 2015 and Classical Beauty in 2017. 

Esa M. Mattila is a sound designer (MA) and an audio system designer from Rovaniemi, northern Finland. He has graduated from University of Arts / Theatre Academy of Helsinki in 2013. Esa has done collaboration with LOCATION X since 2014: ZOOM / SQUEEZED HUMANITY / COVER / KEHOLLISUUDEN MERKKEJÄ – exhibition. From 2014 to 2018 Esa was also working as a sound manager and audio system designer for Zodiak – The Center for New Dance in Helsinki. Zodiak is considered as the main stage for contemporary dance in Finland. In autumn 2018 Esa has moved back to Lapland in order to come up with new sounds, music and ideas in a quiet and distraction-free environment.