Dance profession is changing – Stretch 2019 Turku helps dancers to find new skills and new perspectives to work
Keðja presents: Stretch 2019 Turku is an international encounter in October, open for dance professionals from Nordic, Baltic and European countries. The focus is on capacity building and acquiring new skills, new working models and better communication about dance.
Companies touring internationally
Dance companies from Finland can be seen on three continents in the next months. Alpo Aaltokoski is in the EdFringe programme, Susanna Leinonen’s provocative Nasty is shown in México. Tero Saarinen Company’s World Premiere takes place in Italy, and Kill Carmen by Compañia Kaari & Roni Martin conquers audiences in Russia. See below the tour dates.
Full Moon Dance Festival brings contemporary dance in the countryside
Choreographer Alpo Aaltokoski leads the Full Moon Dance festival known for its strong communal ambiance and unusual natural environment. The festival presents contemporary dance from Finland and all over the world. Full Moon Dance takes place in Pyhäjärvi Finland July 31st – August 4th 2019.
Kuopio Dance Festival turns 50 this year – Tero Saarinen Company’s new fusion of Monteverdi and contemporary dance gets its Finnish premiere
The biggest dance festival in the Nordic countries, Kuopio Dance Festival takes place in June 12–18, and presents an exciting programme of international contemporary dance with live music on stage. In the meantime, a smaller festival shows dance from Eastern Finland in various places in the city, and Finnish dance professionals gather to their annual forum.
Dance Info and CircusInfo joined forces to create more sustainable working conditions to Finnish performing art field
Dance Info Finland and CircusInfo Finland have launched a two-year development project, which aims, among others, to meet the challenges of internationalization and develop new production models to Finnish performing art field.
Dance House Helsinki programming will be planned by a team that combines experience from Singapore, Germany and Finland
Three experienced performing arts professionals have been selected for the team responsible for planning the programme of Dance House Helsinki: Faith Tan from Singapore, Mikael Aaltonen from Finland and Pia Krämer from Germany. They all have extensive experience in programme planning, production understanding, international networks and vision.
Dance artists Sonya Lindfors and Esete Sutinen as part of the Finnish exhibition in La Biennale di Venezia 2019
Lindfors and Sutinen are part of Miracle Workers Collective’s (MWC) exhibition in the Finnish Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, opening in May.
Love, Respect and Trust – Jarkko Mandelin’s Kinetic Orchestra celebrates its 10th anniversary with a new festival
Choreographer, dancer and teacher Jarkko Mandelin makes use of every possible technique in his works, where the dancers fly with a dog and dangle from the tops of tall poles. In March 2019 the Union of Dance and Circus Artists in Finland awarded Mandelin and his company Kinetic Orchestra for their dedication and ambition towards movement exploration. In the end May 2019 Kinetic Orchestra celebrates its 10th anniversary with a five day Spring Break festival.
Job: Artistic Director for the festival ‘Moving in November’
We are seeking an Artistic Director or a curatorial team with strong knowledge in international and Finnish contemporary dance, international networks, teamworking skills and experience in management. Good conceptual and communicative skills as well as motivation to develop the festival and international performance scene in Helsinki will be beneficial in this position.
The programme for the Performing HEL showcase has now been released – 27 artists and groups participating
The Finnish performing arts showcase Performing HEL is due to be held in Helsinki between 29 August and 1 September 2019, to coincide with Helsinki Festival. A total of 110 circus, dance and theatre artists and groups applied for a spot in the programme, with the event aimed at programme coordinators for international and domestic festivals and theatres.
NOFOD Dance research conference in Helsinki talks about practice, participation and politics – in June 12–15
The 14th international NOFOD conference organized by the Nordic Forum for Dance Research explores dance practices in their participatory possibilities and political significances. In the context of NOFOD, dance practices include the fields of dance art, dance pedagogy and dance research.
Registration to Performing HEL is now open – more than hundred companies and artists applied to the program
Showcase Performing HEL, happening on 29th of August – 1st of September 2019 in Helsinki, Finland, invites international presenters, programmers and directors to discover the finest selection of Finnish circus, dance and theatre.
What happens in the brains of the audience while watching a dance performance? Finnish neuroscience research continues in Canada
Finnish neuroscientist and dancer Hanna Poikonen’s dissertation “Dance on Cortex – ERPs and Phase Synchrony in Dancers and Musicians during a Contemporary Dance Piece” (University of Helsinki) was published in the spring of 2018. In March 2019, Poikonen’s postdoctoral research focuses on the effects of watching dance on the brain. Poikonen’s research is internationally pioneering – watching dance has not been studied much from the point of view of neuroscience.
Stretch is an international encounter for dance professionals held in Turku, Finland in October 2019 – Register now!
STRETCH 2019 brings together dance professionals – artists, producers, students, researchers, managers, pedagogues – from the Nordic, Baltic and European countries, and aims to tackle urgent issues in the dance field. The encounter is built on the experience and community that was created during the earlier keðja encounters.
Spring brings awards to multidisciplinary dance artists
Choreographer Jarkko Mandelin and dancer-choreographer Kaari Martin, artists that push the boundaries of genres, their own capacities and talent were awarded this spring in Finland. ANTI Festival, known for broadening the concept of performing and live arts, was recognized with the Theatre of the Year 2019 prize.
Dance House Helsinki main stage will seat 700 and rise up to 21 metres
The new building of Dance House Helsinki will be constructed in connection with the Cable Factory. In addition, some premises inside the current Cable Factory will be renovated. The construction of the house takes two years. See the floor plans!
Finnish Dance Companies now on international stages
April is the month to see contemporary dance from Finland in France and Belgium, in Hungary, Russia and the United States. Tero Saarinen Company will premiere in Italy, Cremona, on May 29th. See below the tour dates, countries and venues.
“Curiosity towards development and gazing into the future” – International dance encounter Stretch 2019 takes place in Turku, Finland
Stretch 2019 is organized in the footsteps of Keðja – a meeting platform for the professional Nordic–Baltic dance community since 2008. Stretch 2019 stretches beyond the Nordic region and invites all dance professionals and students to network, discuss, and share best practices in October 2019.
Dance Info Finland in TPAM, Yokohama
Dance Info Finland’s Project Manager Riitta Aittokallio will be in TPAM (Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama) on 9-17 February.
Save the date: Performing HEL showcase is coming again!
Arranged for the first time in 2018, performing arts showcase Performing HEL will take place on 29th of August – 1st of September 2019 in Helsinki, Finland.