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Picture: Xavier Bambú Locquet Vandenberghe

“Ihad the idea of a performance revolving around masculinity last year after talking with people that had to flee their countries because of their homosexuality,” said Italian choreographer Beniamino Borghi in an interview with Finland Today.

Borghi is the choreographer for NoCore, a performative art experience performed by non-professional dancers, that will explore the roles of masculinity and homosexuality, and will premiere in Vantaa over the weekend.

The title signifies the empty shell that remains when a person is forced to censure her- or himself when forced to move to another country due to discrimination. “They don’t have an identity anymore,” said Borghi.

Borghi said that at the beginning of the project “it was very hard to talk about homosexuality and what for example means to be a man in the Middle East. People tend to close themselves.”

The group is now composed of 10 people: native Finns and immigrants, homos and heteros.

“[In Italy] only men can be powerful and women are just dolls. Finland is a more open society, even if it has its problems.”

Picture: Xavier Bambú Locquet Vandenberghe

More tolerance

One of the aims of the project is to open a channel of communication for a face of the reality that is often ignored.

For example, Italian culture is a macho culture. “Only men can be powerful and women are just dolls. Finland is a more open society, even if it has its problems. But here women are stronger, homosexuality more accepted. It is not perfect but it is a huge difference from Italy. And this was one of the reasons why I have decided to move here in 2011.” Borghi lives in a small eastern town of Loviisa, with a population of about 18,000 people, located about 100 kilometers from Helsinki.

But, according to Borghi, Finland also has its share of problems when it comes to tolerance. “Especially in smaller villages people are not that open on the subject, so I find myself showing only one side of my personality. The one that is more accepted by society, what is generally expected from a man.”

NoCore also explores meaning that may be hidden under the surface from the viewer. The deeper and more personal meaning of some moves could remain hidden to the spectator because it is the product of private interviews that Borghi had with all the performers. “It could have little or no meaning to the spectator, but very important for the individual.”

The performance is the synthesis of an open and fluid workshop, the choreographer gave some direction and left the rest free for improvisation.

This year’s NoCore is a pioneer version. It has plans to return even bigger next year with more performances.

NoCore performance will take place on 26.5 at 19:00 and 27.5 at 15:00 at the Raatikko Tanssiteatteri – Viertolankuja 4 B – 01300 Vantaa, the entrance is a voluntarily 10€ donation to HeSeta ry. Due to some explicit contents we recommend the performance for a public older than 16 years.