• Kimmo Pohjonen & Helsinki Nelson: Accordion Wrestling Kimmo Pohjonen & Helsinki Nelson: Accordion Wrestling | Klaudia Weber/Stalker
  • Kimmo Pohjonen & Helsinki Nelson: Accordion Wrestling Kimmo Pohjonen & Helsinki Nelson: Accordion Wrestling | Klaudia Weber/Stalker
  • Kimmo Pohjonen & Helsinki Nelson: Accordion Wrestling Kimmo Pohjonen & Helsinki Nelson: Accordion Wrestling | Klaudia Weber/Stalker
  • Kimmo Pohjonen & Helsinki Nelson: Accordion Wrestling Kimmo Pohjonen & Helsinki Nelson: Accordion Wrestling | Klaudia Weber/Stalker
  • Kimmo Pohjonen & Helsinki Nelson: Accordion Wrestling Kimmo Pohjonen & Helsinki Nelson: Accordion Wrestling | Klaudia Weber/Stalker

Times are estimated set times for each artist.

SurroundSound grunts and groans punctuate accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen’s dance-theater work in which music, sport, and dance blend into a unique multimedia “squeeze play.” Reviving the dormant Finnish tradition of accordion-accompanied wrestling matches, Pohjonen performs while grapplers struggle on a custom-made mat embedded with microphones. His work, with choreography by Ari Numminen, comments on Cold War and gender politics while lending a modern artistic twist to a classic Olympic competition.

Kimmo Pohjonen & Helsinki Nelson:

Accordion Wrestling (U.S. premiere)

  • Fri, August 3, 8:30pm
  • Sat, August 4, 8:30pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell

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