K&C Kekäläinen & Company

photographer: Johanna Tirronen

photographer: Uupi Tirronen

photographer: Uupi Tirronen

Queer Elegies
photographer: Pirje Mykänen

K&C – Contemporary dance with a cause

The mission of K&C is to promote dance as an intellectual art form with strong potential in political and poetic communication of gender. The company was founded in 1996. K&C works at Cable Factory, Helsinki, where the company has a studio stage K&C Space. Besides producing own ensemble and solo works K&C organizes national and international guest performances.

The creator of K&C is choreographer-dancer Sanna Kekäläinen. Her work expands the experience of a dance performance by combining philosophy, feminism, text and conceptual thinking with highly original movement language. Sanna Kekäläinen has been described as a provocateur, problem-setter, poet and promoter of female existence.

The company has toured extensively and it has been recognised highly artistic, thought provoking and outstanding in the homeland as well as around the world.


DIVA VULVA – Body as a Symbol of Capitalism (2015)

“In those moments where time stops and mind clears, Diva Vulva approaches sacredness.
The roots of Kekäläinen’s movement and thinking are in the gender-theories of the 1980’s. Her being a forerunner is based on the practice she has created on those theories – a refined practice which radiates self-luminous wisdom.
It is again about queer-politics, i.e. the allowance of diverse bodies and gender orientations, which is the prerequisite for all life.”
Maria Säkö, HS

“The impression is at first classical, not unlike Nijinsky’s faun, which then morphs into a sequence of delirium where the changes of childhood and adulthood, strength and weakness, budding and withering are mirrored in dynamic metamorphoses.”
Jan-Peter Kaiku, HBL

“— Kekäläinen draws one in with her presence — to look at these “disturbing images”, as she calls them. And she really knows how to create these images: a twitching nymph, a tentatively-wobbly woman with an axe, hitting with a belt, making love to an imaginary partner in leather jacket or to a table leg. Images of pleasure and images of power.”
Aino Kukkonen, Teatteri&Tanssi

Script, text, choreography and space: Sanna Kekäläinen Performance: Sanna Kekäläinen and Satu Rekola Production management, graphic design: Lilja Lehmuskallio Production: K&C Kekäläinen & Company


”In her sovereignty, authority and grotesque humor, Sanna Kekäläinen is a fundamentally groundbreaking performer also in how she handles the multiple representations of gender.”

“Provocative, unique, risky, creative; these were some of the faces that the Finnish company K&C reveiled during their participation in the International Festival José Limón (México) with their latest work, Queer Elegies.”

Script, choreography, text and dance: Sanna Kekäläinen Lighting design: Heikki Paasonen
Production management: Lilja Lehmuskallio
Production: K&C Kekäläinen & Company / Kiasma Theatre