Aurinkobaletti − Collectif ÈS: Stayin’ Alive

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Stayin’ Alive, which achieved great popularity in spring 2023, returns to the stage from 30.11.-16.12. 2023.

Which song, as an anthem, will bring you the joy to be part of a group and make you feel alive? Can a popular song become an anthem?  Come and feel the good vibrations!

With Stayin’ Alive, Aurinkobaletti − AB Dance Company and the Collectif ÈS want to dig further into group dynamics and collectives starting from the idea of anthems: Anthems gather and represent. They bring people together under songs and lyrics spreading ideals, thoughts and memories. An die Freude (Ode to Joy), Amazing Grace, God Save the Queen, I Will Survive, Satyin’ Alive… They can be national anthems, symbolic, sport used, political, revolutionary, punk, popular or commercial. One anthem can travel from one period to another, from cause to cause. It can take different meanings depending on our personal experiences and backgrounds.

Could it be possible, with derision, joy and utopia to create a new anthem?



CONCEPT AND CHOREOGRAPHY Collectif ÈS: Sidonie Duret, Jérémy Martinez and Émilie Szikora | DANCE Côme Calmelet-Pyykkö, Parick Di Quirico /  Arttu Halmetoja, Linda Holmström / Hanna Raiskinmäki and Elina Raiskinmäki | SCENOGRAPHY AND COSTUME DESIGN Bertrand Nodet | LIGHT DESIGN Magnús Sigurðarson | PHOTOGRAPHY AND GRAPHIC DESIGN Jussi Virkkumaa | PRODUCTION Aurinkobaletti

Premier: 28.4.2023 | Manilla, Turku
Duration: approximately 1 hour
Age recommendation: +8 years

Collectif ÈS has been supported by L’Institut français, Ville de Lyon and Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.



Thu 30.11. at 19
Fri 1.12. at 19
Sat 2.12. at 17

Thu 7.12. at 19
Fri 8.12. at 19
Sat 9.12. at 17

Thu 14.12. at 19
Fri 15.12. at 19
Sat 16.12. at 17



31 € single ticket
28 € pensioners
15 € students, children (under 18 years), unemployed persons, and persons in civil service or in the army.
12 € members of Teme, Finnish Actors Union and Taku, persons having the Theatre Card of The Association of Finnish Theatres, dance and theatre students (vocational) and persons with press card

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Reviews and articles

Currently only available in Finnish:

Pimeässä hohtavat leimat ja vahva biitti: Aurinkobaletti ja ranskalainen Collectif ÈS tekivät tanssiteoksen, joka pohtii hymnien merkitystä raikkaasti (Turun Sanomat, 29.4.2023)

Aurinkobaletin ja ranskalaisen Collectif ÈS:n tanssiteos ammentaa hymnien voimasta – ”Vaikka päättäisimme tehdä vakavan teoksen, esitykset ovat täynnä naurua” (Turun Sanomat, 23.4.2023)


Stayin’ Alive is in Art Testers’ repertoire

The performance is a part of the Art Testers’ repertoire for schoolyear 2023−2024. Art Testers is the largest culture education program in Finland, offering all 8th graders and their teachers 1–2 annual visits in esteemed cultural institutions. Read more about Art Testers.


Watch the teaser!

Watch the teaser!

Video: Jussi Virkkumaa.


Interview with Collectif ÈS

Soundtrack in English, texts in Finnish. Video: Jussi Virkkumaa.


Collective  ÈS − Sidonie Duret, Jérémy Martinez and Émilie Szikora

ÈS is a preposition that means in regard to.

ÈS is always followed by a plural, so it is always followed by multiplicity – exactly mirroring the multiplicity we seek in the idea of a collective. Collectif ÈS was born out of a desire to search, investigate and explore choreographical language as a group of three.

Collectif ÈS takes the floor as a group, in which each of them is relevant, no roles have been attributed, and each brings our their own vision and approach. They tackle new productions as collective inventions, proposing subjects that emerge from themselves – taking a gamble on assigning a triple signature to any creative act or subject.

Creating a live show means offering up their own experiences and what they, as living beings, have seen and lived through. Through this way of sharing, the group creates their own form of research, seeking a physical intensity that drives their bodies to commit absolutely and become fully inhabited. They pursue a desire to develop physical empathy, to inhabit bodies that communicate and exude the pleasure they find in being together. That research is constantly nourished by their investigations into communication and group energy, by their need to function in a specific way, and by the social role these aspects play. The creative process is an opportunity to come together, work together, and question one’s relationship with others. Collectif ÈS has been co-creating shows since 2011 by tackling, with a degree of self-mockery, themes such as utopia, discord, and the plagiarism and/or inheritance of popular cultural references.