Concept & director: Rauli Dahlberg
Choreography: Rauli Dahlberg & Jarkko Mandelin
Artists on stage: Rauli Dahlberg (circus) & Miro Mantere (music)
Sound design, composition & live music: Miro Mantere
Lighting design: Jere Mönkkönen
Set design: Rauli Dahlberg & Jere Mönkkönen
Costume design: Tiina Valve
Production : Race Horse Company
O’DD is visionary contemporary circus that sets out to redefine the boundaries of physical expression and explore how the human body can defy gravity.
The extremely physical show plays with the laws of physics until they bend and one can break free from their grasp. Through wordless acrobatic movement the essence of humanity is altered, the individual is cut into layers and imagined anew.
The director and artist of the show, Rauli Dahlberg, has drawn inspiration from the imaginative, abstract stories and scenarios of science fiction books and films. Through acrobatic experimentation and scriptwriting, he has been examining themes of human growth on a personal and universal level.
On stage Dahlberg shows his skills with several unique props, his wizardry on the trampoline, and the vigorous feats on acrobatic balls. He is joined by the musician Miro Mantere, a pioneer of live-looping, whose compositions and self-made instruments create an atmospheric soundscape with room for improvisation and interaction for both artists.
Dahlberg has also collaborated with the award winning choreographer Jarkko Mandelin on the specific blend and quality of movement from the worlds of circus and dance. The audiovisual spectacle is completed by the light design by Jere Mönkkönen.
The Sci-Fi inspired O’DD premiered in the Espoo City Theatre in 2020. The show is a 50-minute spectacle for adults and teens and can attract audiences of all circus, dance, music and performing arts.
Race Horse Company was established in 2008 with the mission of creating uncompromising and unique circus with no holds barred. The rough-and-ready performances are based on strong acrobatic skills, the aesthetics of chaos, dark humour and surprise.
Balancing the real sense of danger with comedic relief, the extremely physical acrobatic shows have left a huge mark in the world of contemporary circus. Since the very beginning, Race Horse Company has focused on international touring with their hit shows like Petit Mal (2010) and Super Sunday (2014). The team quickly became one of the most internationally touring Finnish performing arts companies and the founding members were awarded with the State’s Circus Award in 2016 for their uncompromising work and risk-taking.