2x4 starts with a supposedly simple wooden beam and creates an emotional balancing act playing with calculated risk and a hint of surrealism. It is a research of the possibilities of a building plank as a third entity in the choreography of dance and partner acrobatics. The piece is inspired by stories of a 1907 sawmill and it’s workers on a Finnish island called Varjakka and Rube Goldberg machines, designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overly complicated way with seemingly impossible balances. 2x4 will be grand, noisy, dangerous, dirty, thought-provoking - and possibly a funny performance. It is premiered as a new part of Flow productions first immersive piece Varjakka, re-performed on Varjakka island just outside of Oulu in August 2021.
The performers and creators of the piece are a Finnish-Australian acrobatic duo based in north of Finland and working broadly on the fields of circus, dance and theatre. Their last duo piece Shapes of Water was created for a low black box stage, discussing climate change through projections, dance and emotions. 2x4 is their new work aimed for high ceilings and outdoors.