by Go Go Dance Group Kuumat Putket
As a member of Kuumat Putket, Heli Meklin appears in JUST Queens as several female, male, animal and divine characters. She also created a drag number as a character inspired by appearance and energy of Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana.
Go Go Dance Group Kuumat Putket approaches the female clichés from around the corner in a form of a drag show. They bring onstage a show in which the categories of gender and performance slide sideways. This easily seductive as well as artistically ambitious performance is built upon the physical and sensual stage presence of the performers. It mixes genres from contemporary dance, drag, burlesque, pop entertainment, theatre and performance art. Queens, warriors, icy divas and odd creatures enter the stage and shine bright.
JUST Queens is based on the original idea of Satu Herrala, who co-directed the work together with Maija Mustonen and the rest of the Go Go Dance Group ’Kuumat Putket’ (Hot Tubes).
Performance & choreography: Elina Hauta-aho, Anna Maria Häkkinen, Heli Meklin, Noora Nenonen, Linda Priha, Anni Rissanen, Paula Tuovinen, Aino Voutilainen
Concept & choreography: Satu Herrala in collaboration with Maija Mustonen
Costume design: Jari Koljonen
Sound design: Viljami Lehtonen
Light design: Saija Nojonen
Assistant performer: Johannes Purovaara
Photos: Katri Naukkarinen, Maija Mustonen
Production: Go Go Dance Group Kuumat Putket
With the support of: Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Cultural Foundation – Arts Council of Uusimaa
Premiered in June 2013, at KokoTheatre, Helsinki, as a part of Kaktus Festival
Go Go Dance Group Kuumat Putket is a wannabe-go-go-dance group that comprises eleven artists who work in the field of dance and performing arts. Kuumat Putket creates performances and happenings that engage in dialogue with various phenomena of popular culture.
See also Divine from Go Go Dance Group Kuumat Putket