Dance as activism – the new Finnish Dance in Focus magazine lights sparks of hope
What can dance do in the face of the world’s major problems? What are the hot topics in dance, and what’s going on in Finland? Finnish Dance in Focus 2020 issue is out, get your copy from us.
How to dance against climate change
In his essay Teemu Mäki depicts the environmental impacts of art and suggests ways to reduce them. You can dance against climate change by creating pieces with bodily language that is an antidote to the dominant consumer capitalism and its human image, the body of the gladiator, he writes.
Music inspired Carl Knif to explore the contradictions and affiliations within a performance
Fast, light, precise, crazy, playful. This is how choreographer Carl Knif describes Fugue in two colours, his new choreography created to the piano music of Shostakovich.
The connection between the body and nature vibrates through Tero Saarinen’s new piece
The theme of Tero Saarinen Company’s and Skånes Dansteatern’s co-production Transit is the rapid disappearance of nature’s diversity. The choreographer wants to draw attention to the environmental emergency we are facing.
The new house for dance in Helsinki restores its obvious name – Tanssin talo
Earlier this year the future Dance House Helsinki launched its new brand name ‘Form’ that proved controversial amongst the artistic community. The name was abandoned and the new building will be called Tanssin talo that means ‘dance house’.
The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra presents an exceptional autumn season with four Finnish choreographers – available online!
The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra opens the autumn season with a sinfonietta-sized ensemble. The concerts offer series of premieres, where a musician and a dancer create a duet piece together.
Digital technologies and choreography – the e-journal Critical Dialogues includes Finnish Simo Kellokumpu’s contribution
Critical Dialogues is a platform for the promotion of creative research and exploration of practice undertaken by those working in choreography. It’s published by Critical Path, the Australian centre for choreographic development.
The Helsinki International Ballet Competition confirmed for 2022
The Helsinki International Ballet Competition will be held at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet from 30 May to 6 June 2022. The 9th Helsinki International Ballet Competition, which was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, was originally scheduled to take place from 1 to 8 June 2020.
Anti Festival 2020 – Food at the centre of life and art
The 19th edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will take place between 27th October and 1st November 2020 in Kuopio, Finland. The theme of the festival is Food.
Jouni Järvenpää is the new artistic director of Routa Company
Järvenpää (born in 1977) started as the artistic director Routa Company in August 2020. Besides offering the dance performances locally, Kajaani based Routa Company is one of the regional dance centers in Northern Finland with a mission to enforce and develop the dance scene in the area, as well as improve and offer job opportunities for dance professionals.
Keðja presents Stretch Gothenburg as an online event in August – register now!
Dance network Keðja’s partners have put together a two-day programme full of keynotes, presentations, conversations, webinars and dance parties taking place on 20-21 of August online. The programme is free for dance professionals from all over the world.
Uniarts Helsinki set up a coronavirus grant for foreign art students
A fifth of Uniarts Helsinki’s students come from abroad. The coronavirus pandemic has put many of them in a difficult position. That is why Uniarts Helsinki and a group of Finnish foundations joined forces and gathered up a total of 155,000 euros to be allocated to Uniarts Helsinki’s international degree students in the form of grants.
Tsuumi Dance Theater invites for summer open-air dances with a safety distance
Free couple dance lessons are given in the Helsinki metropolitan area during summer 2020. Tsuumi Dance Theatre’s 21st “Dancing in the City” kicks off in June and offers dance sessions to bring joy for people of all ages.
Eight artists and working teams shortlisted for SPARKS project run by Dance House Helsinki
SPARKS is a multiannual project run by Form and aimed at Finnish dance professionals and working groups. In the first round 38 dance professionals, either Finnish or operating in Finland, applied for the project that lets them to develop their work with the help of international experts.
Statistics 2019: Dance reaches audiences of over a half a million in Finland
Finnish dance performances were attended by 406 600 spectators in total (2018: 399 000), 28 000 of them abroad (2018: 29 800). In relation to the population of Finland (5.5 million inhabitants), this is a…
Dance House Helsinki is now Form
Form is the new name for Dance House Helsinki. The name describes the momentary, changing forms of dance art and the new opportunities that the largest space dedicated to dance offers to the actors in the field.
The impact of COVID-19 epidemic on the Finnish culture sector
The effects of the current situation are reflected in the employment of dance artists. Live performances are canceled and the artistic productions have moved to the digital platforms. To help the professionals overcome the crisis, financial support is offered both from the state level and through foundations in the form of new grants.
Dance films, videos, a podcast and a magazine – explore Finnish dance online!
Take a break and enjoy some dance online! We collected a list of dance films and videos, some of them brand new and some old favorites, for you to enjoy wherever you are.
Dance in the Time of Coronavirus
Tanja Råman and John Collingswood from TaikaBox write about creative strategies one must adopt while working on an international dance project under the restrictions of the current COVID-19 pandemic. What can be done when performances and workshops are cancelled? As sensory experiences – essential for dance artists – are restricted, how to respond to the challenge and work together anyway?