Janina Rajakangas & working group


In the picture, two young people, assumed to be women, are sitting on a sofa. One smiles happily and the other laughs with a sense of liberation. Young people do not look at the camera but away from it.

Photo: Marthe Nyvoll

Once a girl starts laughing, she needs to keep on laughing


Once a girl starts clapping she needs to keep on clapping


Once a girl starts crying she needs to keep on crying

Bu-huu bu-huu bu-huu bu-huu

Once a girl starts screaming she needs to keep on screaming


Venus is a piece made with teenage girls. It is a piece about the erotization of youth and what it is to be a girl in the 2020s. It is a project about a teenage girl growing up in a patriarchal society.

Venus reveals the part outsiders play in the understanding and appreciation of beauty and  value in a girl’s life.

It tells you where we are at

It opens everyday feminist fights had by youth

It forces the ghosting needy subject to fall (for a moment)

And draws Venus again by the means of contemporary dance, performance and song.


Mea: I’m 18 years old. I attend upper secondary and dance is an important way for me to express myself. I enjoy trying out new things. I’m also passionate about crafts.

Seela: I’m 16 years old and dancing is my passion. I have been in a dance class and I also dance in my spare time. I am interested in many arts, such as music and crafts. I can’t decide which one is the nicest.

Natalia: I’m 15 years old. I dance and go to comprehensive school. I like performing a lot, but also reading and writing.

Volta: I am 13 years old. I practice singing. I also like to read. I’m in secondary school in the music program.

Working group:

Choreographer/director: Janina Rajakangas

Choreographer’s assistant: Maija Reeta Raumanni

Founding idea: Volta Rajakangas-Moussaoui

Co-choreographers/performers: Natalia Foster, Mea Holappa, Seela Merenluoma, Volta Rajakangas-Moussaoui

Spatial & lighting design: Alina Pajula

Costume design: Kirsi Gum

Sound design: Tuuli Kyttälä

Producer: Ulrika Vilke

In cooperation with Taiteen edistämiskeskus, Davvi – Centre for Performing Arts, Läntinen tanssin aluekeskus, Ehkä-tuotanto.

The piece is performed in Villa Salin, owned by The Feminist Association Unioni.

Tue 22.11. 18.00
Fri 19.5. 14.00
Thu 24.11. 18.00
Fri 25.11. 14.00
Fri 25.11. 18.00

Villa Salin
Tiirasaarentie 2
00200 Helsinki

Price: 17 / 35 / pay-what-you-wish €
Duration: 60 min
Language: English

For participant:

The performance includes loud noices and contains explicit talk on sexual harassment

Audience discussion 24.11.
at 15:00–16:00

A discussion will be held after the daytime performance, where performers Mea Holappa and Seela Merenluoma and Irma Soiniemi and Riitta Pietiläinen, members of the The Feminist Associations Union’s group Elovenlat, will delve deeper into the themes of the performance through, among other things, the points of convergence of the panelists’ experiences.

What kind of similarities – and on the other hand, differences – are there in the struggles of today, in Elovenlat’s teenage years and in the world of Iida Salin in the 19th century? And what is the role of artistic expression in dismantling othering structures and conveying support and information?

The discussion is moderated by Anna Maria Myllymäki and held mostly in Finnish.

Elovenlat is Union’s well-being group of old wise women for all women aged +55. The group attends cultural events and participates in the integration of immigrant women.