Double Exposure

Plastic Surgery on Stage

Ballet, contemporary circus, street dance - the artists' diverse backgrounds shine trough, making Double Exposure such a unique experience, full of surprises. Moving between dance and object manipulation, the performance reflects modern-day reality: in Korean cosmetic surgeons' operating rooms Asian features are altered to fit the global ideal of the perfect face. With plastic faces dancing on the performers' shoulders, the show reveals the conflict between unrealistic ideals and real individuals. The performance mixes elements of classical music with electronic rhythms and gracefully moves from grotesque horror and entertainment imagery to delicate traditional Asian dance.

Unique Collaboration Crosses Borders

Double Exposure is the result of collaboration between the Korean dance company Sungsoo Ahn Pick-Up Group and the Finnish contemporary circus company WHS. The two companies met through the Korea-Finland Connection networking project. Double Exposure premiered in Helsinki Festival in August and in SIDance Festival in Seoul in October 2012.

WHS is a pioneer of Finnish contemporary circus and one of the most active Finnish performing arts companies internationally. Korean Sungsoo Ahn has made choreographies for more than 20 years. The Juilliard School graduate is currently the director of the choreography department in the Korea National University of Arts.

Duration: 90 min
World premiere: 18.08.2012 Stoa, Helsinki

Genre: Contemporary circus


Sungsoo Ahn Pick-up Group & WHS: Double Exposure from WHS on Vimeo.