Kroma Productions proudly presents

MIRAGES

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MIRAGES is a music and dance film that combines performing arts and virtual scenography into an interdisciplinary experience. Mirages is a trilogy that includes parts Instants, Interplay, and Infinity. The visual world of Mirages is composed by using real-time virtual technology, wherein performers interact with motion-capture animations. Mirages is directed by media artist Marikki Hakola. The virtual scenography is designed by Tanja Bastamow. The origin of Mirages lies in Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s contemporary music.

50 min French, English  4K DCP Stereo 5.1.  Premiere 2021

mirages

“I am a woman who flies. I am a woman who swims, because I can swim in the infinite.”

Synopsis

Mirages is a survival story told by a strong female voice. The trilogy deals with questions around identity, empowerment, and community belonging. In the first part Instants, the protagonist has experienced the end of a close relationship. She recalls the different faces of love, and the multiple sensations of colors, feelings, and sentiments. The conflicting feelings of regret and longing gradually transition into memories. The second part Interplay tells of community and its dynamics. The interplay between the characters develops through improvisation. In the third part Infinity, the woman’s mind opens towards the audience. She recognizes her powers and the different aspects of her identity. She puts her powers to communal use.

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Film Director Marikki Hakola

“The Mirages project combines many of the things that have fascinated me during my entire career, such as interarticity, the interface between moving image and performing arts, art research and the potential of virtual technology in expanding art making and experiences. A lot of very interesting and innovative things happen at the interface between different art fields when different conventions in art making and experiences meet”

Marikki Hakola is a media artist film director, and producer. Her works, beginning in 1981, include video and multimedia art, installations, dance and music films, and performances.

Mirages is also a research project. The media work forms part of Marikki Hakola’s doctoral degree (DA) at Aalto University. Her research focuses on the philosophy and design of virtual modes of the moving image. The experimental parts of the research have put forth new methods of virtual staging that enable a versatile use of virtual scenography in live performance, real-time streaming of live events, and live broadcast.

Other key works directed by Marikki Hakola

  • Turppi videos: Earth Contacts (1982) & Deadline (1983)
  • Piipää, a multimedia performance, (1987)
  • Triad NetDance, a telepresence performance between Tokyo – New York – Helsinki (1998)
  • Continuum, a dance video, choreography by Sanna Kekäläinen (20’ 1999)
  • Figure, an interactive thermal camera installation (2000)
  • L’Enfant et les sortiléges, an opera film, music by Maurice Ravel (43’ 2004)
  • Butterty Lovers, a dance and music film, choreography by Huang Dou Dou (30’2005)
  • OTTO, a Jazz documentary, music by Otto Donner (50’ 2009)
  • Luonnotar, a music and dance film, music by Jean Sibelius (10’ 2010)
  • Moloch – Earthly Gestures, an interactive installation and web art piece (2010)
  • Frontiers, a media art installation, directed with sculptor Jarmo Vellonen (15’ 2014)
  • The Flow of Time, an outdoor installation and video art work (7’ 2021)

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Credits

Screenplay, Directing, Editing Marikki Hakola
Music Kaija Saariaho
Poems Amin Malouf (Quatre instants)
Maria Sabina (Mirage)
Visual Design Tanja Bastamow
Marikki Hakola
Virtual Scenography Tanja Bastamow
Dance Choreography Johanna Nuutinen
Costume and Makeup Design Heli Salomaa
Director of Photography Mika Tertsunen
Director of Photography (Interplay) Petri Enbuske
Multi-camera Supervisor Taneli Haro
Sound Design Epa Tamminen
Soprano Riikka Hakola
Piano Pami Karvonen
Cello Jan-Erik Gustafsson
Dancers Jonna Aaltonen
Jarkko Lehmus
Heidi Lehtoranta
Johanna Nuutinen
Eero Vesterinen
Jussi Väänänen
Music Recording Epa Tamminen
Petri Lehtola
Music Producers Riikka Hakola
Pami Karvonen
Film Mixing Epa Tamminen
Olli Pärnänen / Meguru Film Sound
Post-production Producer Petteri Linnus / James Post
Colour Grading Mikko Löppönen / James Post
DCP Mastering Tommi Gröhn / James Post
Online Editing Kimmo Tiainen / James Post
Producer Paula Pitkänen
Co-production Company StarHop Creative
Executive Producer in Charge Marikki Hakola
Production Company Kroma Productions
In co-operation Yle
Aalto Studios
2D/3D Artist, Graphic Design Tanja Bastamow
Virtual Production & Design Services StarHop Creative
Studio Manager Toni Tolin / Aalto Studios
Studio Technician Bjarke Aalto / Aalto Studios
Camera Operators / Mediagents Petri Enbuske
Sakke Kantosalo
Eero Poskela
Klaus Sundman
Timo Vähämäki
Harri Väätänen
Texture Artist Tiina Paju
Coding Yield Systems
Linh Nguyen
Implementation of Physical Sets Epa Tamminen
Pre-Production Planning Riikka Poulsen
Anni Wessman
Script Supervisor Virve Ranta
Lassi Saksa
Editing Assistant Virve Ranta
Costume Realisation Heli Salomaa
Jessica Brandelin
Joel Leskinen
Costumer Jessica Brandelin
Makeup Artists Anu Rokkanen
Jenni Nousiainen
Hairdressers Anu Rokkanen
Katri Purhonen
Catering Services Herkkutalo Nicole ́s Kitchen
Nicole Azema
Music Studio The Sibelius Academy
Grand Piano YAMAHA
Translation Services Catarina Diehl
Communication Services Outi Raatikainen
Hanni Vakkilainen / Pink Eminence
Web Design Eero Keinänen / Nomadic Development
Financial Management Sirkku Cantell / Centone
Auditing Services Timo Helle / Helle Partners
Production Insurance Ylva Ekman / OP A-Insurance
Legal Services Markku Varhela / Eversheds Attorneys
Pia Naarajärvi / Beach House Consulting

 

In Collaboration

Yle / Erkki Astala

Aalto Studios / Aleksi Bardy, Marcus Korhonen, Ari Kivimäki

Yle Production and Design / Jyrki Lepistö

The Sibelius Academy / Marianne Decoster-Taivalkoski, Marko Myöhänen

Production Supports

The Finnish Film Foundation / Pekka Uotila

The Promotion Center for Audiovisual Culture, AVEK / Tuuli Penttinen-Lampisuo

The Finnish Music Foundation, MES

Project Grants

The Promotion Center for Audiovisual Culture, development support Vieteri / Elena Näsänen, Timo Korhonen

Arts Promotion Centre Finland

Ministry of Education and Culture Finland

The Promotion Center for Audiovisual Culture, CreaDemo

Alfred Kordelin Foundation

The Finnish Cultural Foundation

 

Mirages is part of Marikki Hakola ́s Doctoral Thesis (DA) at Aalto University.

Warm Thanks

Kaija Saariaho Riikka Hakola
Pami Karvonen Aalto-yliopisto
Pentti Määttänen Lily Diaz-Kommonen
Ari Kivimäki Tuomas Auvinen
Max Mäkinen Anna Heiskanen
Anne Lakanen Birgitta Rosti-Pylkkänen
Maria Rehbinder Harri Laakso
Riia Hakola Hannu Saha
Ulla Haukatsalo Matti Heinonen
Marko Myöhänen Kimmo Aulake
Amos Rex Valofirma The Light House
Kaj Martin Ake Arminen
Kaj Kartio Tazu Ovaska
Jukki Tuura Susanna Haarla
Yield Systems Harri Ahokas
Jussi Gillberg Magnusborg Studios
Paul Wager Riku Makkonen
Erja Mäki-Iso Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Juha Samola Wise Music Classical
Seija Kallio Hanne Hee Lange
Liselott Forsman Katarina Julie Madsen
Jarmo Lampela Marianne Rottbøll
Raimo Lång Andrea Kaul
Miikka Maunula Kaj Itämäki
Sami Haartemo Maarit Sulkunen
Heli Roiha Jani Alha
Annika Somersalo Brölle Suominen
Kaj Holmberg Milla Moilanen
Kati Uusi-Rauva Ulla Herpman
Maarit Nortamo Virpi Martikainen
Mikki Kunttu Seppo Kalli
Timoteus Tuovinen Perttu Rastas
Antti Salminen Sennu Laine
Satu Halttunen Ghislaine Dionne
Sarah Bowen-Walsh H&K Concert Piano Rental
Hakaniemen Tilajakamo Esko Matikainen
Martin Welander Balanssi Studiot

Works of Music

”Quatre instants”
Music & Words by Kaija Saariaho and Amin Maalouf
© Chester Music.
Courtesy of Edition Wilhelm Hansen.

”Prelude”
Music by Kaija Saariaho
© Chester Music.
Courtesy of Edition Wilhelm Hansen.

”Mirage”
Music & Words by Kaija Saariaho and Maria Sabina
© Chester Music.
Courtesy of Edition Wilhelm Hansen.

Contact information

Kroma Productions Ltd.

Jokikatu 10, 06100 Porvoo, Finland
Phone: +358 40 546 4165
kroma@kroma.fi
www.kroma.fi

Marikki Hakola

Film Director, Media Artist, Executive Producer
+358 40 546 4165
marikki@kroma.fi

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