Helsinki Times / Jussi Tossavainen:
The one thing that especially remains in mind of Niina
Airaksinen’s piece Mokugo – Loaded silence
is the dancer-choreographer’s powerful presence
and capturing intensity. Performance is loaded to the
full with tension that only waits to burst out and explode.
- - The choreographer can be preaised for the density
and compactiveness of the work. There are no vague nor
unmotivated moments, instead, everything appears to
be thought over to the last detail, which, in general,
is rare. The lights are especially stunning. Something
essential is acheved in a delicate and refined sceene
where the dancer purifies herself in a pond of light.
This vision is imprinted on memory.
Liikekieli.com / Maija-Liisa Westman:
Profound understanding was evident in the Mokugo
– Loaded silence, when Airaksinen’s
mature choregraphy brought about an impressive performance.
The profound precence of the dancer and the highly diciplined
geometrical movement vocabulary reminded a Western viewer
of the clear forms and restricted spaces of the East.
Exact articulation and movement variations created a
unique frame for the performance; as if by the clarity
and repetition of the moves the dancer had expressed
intence inner power which only awaied on it’s
peak condensation to burst out from the stern frame
of form. - -The Japanese and Finnish culture has often
been compared with eachother. We share the common interest
and devotion for nature and a yearn to cherish its peace.
Rigorous (work)ethics, strict norms, set by both individual
himself and by the society – all of these are
matters that revolved in mind after Niina Airaksinen’s
impressive solo. - - “