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.
Finnish Dance on tour February–May 2019
In the spring 2019 you can get to know contemporary dance from Finland in central Europe and Italy – as well as in Houston, Texas USA, and in Perth, Australia.
Johanna Nuutinen re-makes her ‘X-it’ for West Australian Ballet this season
Johanna Nuutinen made her international breakthrough with the multi-award-winning dance film Me – Story of a Performance and her contemporary solo called Hatched. Now the former Finnish National Ballet dancer and choreographer is setting her strong, very visual and physical choreography X-it for the West Australian Ballet.
Side Step Festival challenges our notions of gender, sexuality and identity
In 2019 Side Step Festival, organised annually by Zodiak Center for New Dance, takes place on 1-9 of February. The festival program’s performances, workshops, discussions and open lectures happen at Zodiak and in the cultural…
Contemporary dance together with live music on stage – Highlights of the Kuopio Dance Festival’s 50th edition in June
The biggest dance festival in Nordic countries, Kuopio Dance Festival celebrates its 50 years anniversary in June 12–18, and presents an exciting programme with Tero Saarinen Company premiere and Hofesh Shechter’s acclaimed Grand Finale.
“Adopting a new posture allows you to embrace a new attitude” – Evaluation shows that dance can have an impact
The Break the Fight! – Breakdance Against School Bullying project developed by Arja Tiili has been the object of unusually close scrutiny. The Finnish Youth Research Society used action research methods and got out and about amongst young people to see for itself what the workshops involved and what the young participants had to say about the dance performance. The resulting research provides a wide array of background material for decision-makers to use when exploring how best to implement youth work in schools and municipalities – as well as tools and results showing what, how and where dance can have an impact.
The Head of Marketing and Communications at Dance House Helsinki appointed
Noora Kykkänen, an experienced professional in marketing and communications (M.A., Organisational Communication), has been appointed as the Head of Marketing and Communications at Dance House Helsinki.
Tero Saarinen’s Morphed and Borrowed Light on Mezzo
Tero Saarinen Company‘s works are being featured on Mezzo. The global culture channel is broadcasting recordings of Morphed and Borrowed Light.
Faith, hope and love – Myrskyryhmä creates three dance films with the elderly
Outside the windows of Myllypuro Comprehensive Service Centre, the tops of trees can be seen swaying in the fierce grip of an autumn storm. The furniture in the lounge area on the Centre’s third floor has been moved aside, and a number of the Centre’s residents are now sat in the middle of the room in their wheelchairs. A black and white Finnish film is playing on the TV.
Stretch expands Keðja – Dance professionals’ next encounter in October 2019
STRETCH brings together dance professionals from the Nordic and European countries and aims to tackle some of the urgent structural and professional issues in the field. Stretch encounter will be organised in Turku, Finland, 17th to 20th October 2019. Save the date and stay tuned for more information.
Dance Info Finland @ CINARS 2018
Meet Dance Info and other dance people from Finland @ Nordic Square – Booth 224 – with other performing arts professionals from the Nordic countries. Don’t miss the famous NORDIC PARTY on Wed 14 November…