Milla Martikainen


Lighting design for a dance piece




Lighting designer


Premiere 17.4.2022


Choreographic framework and direction:

Kati Raatikainen

Aerial acrobatics facilitation:

Jenny Mansikkasalo

Somatic facilitation:

Sally Davison


Sally Davison, Georgie Goater, Kadar Khristan, Jenny Mansikkasalo, Noora Västinen

Sound design:

Roy Boswell

Lighting design:

Milla Martikainen

Costume design:

Piia Rinne


Aino Koski


Inari Pesonen

Production assistant:

Emmi Vainio


Kaaos Company, DanceAbility Finland ry

Supported by:

Koneen Säätiö, Taiteen edistämiskeskus

Principia is the first collaboration between the dancers of the inclusive Kaaos Company, choreographer Kati Raatikainen, contemporary

circus artist Jenny Mansikkasalo, sound designer Roy Boswell, scenographer Aino Koski, costume designer Piia Rinne and lighting designer Milla Martikainen.

The piece examines the basis of bodily existence and encounters. Performers Sally Davison, Georgie Goater,

Kadar Khristan, Jenny Mansikkasalo and Noora Västinen live in it in relation to time, space, gravity and each other hanging, dangling, rotating, falling, liberated and weirded, intertwining with each other

and transforming from one shape to another.

The performers move between the ground, air, and aerials exploring the sensorial experience of being human. The slowly opening landscape of

bodies, as well as movement, offers a continuum of evolution to appear to the viewer.

For the viewer the performance gives the opportunity to get in touch with personal bodily sensations safely, from a chosen distance. The audience will arrive at the show in two different groups according to

pre-announced arrival times.

The starting points for the lighting design was to create space where many different kind of things, beings and materials can create multiple relations to each others. The light creates rhythm and dramaturgy to the performance sometimes in sync with other elements, sometimes by living its own life. I tried to think light like a condition or an environment – like weather, that sometimes slides softly from an atmosphere to another and sometimes cuts through the space as a sudden glitch. A central element was also to create a relation between the changes, temporality and aesthetics between the natural light from outside and the artificial light. While planning Principia I thought about air, dusks, dawns, stars, northern lights, transparently constructed beauty, weird intertwinings, lumps, piles, galaxies and contrasts.