Helsinki International Ballet Competition postponed to a later date
To mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19, the Helsinki International Ballet Competition has been postponed to a later date. The ninth competition to date had been scheduled to take place from 1 to 8 June 2020 at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet.
Finnish foundations and ministry provide millions in emergency aid for cultural sector in distress
A number of large Finnish foundations, the Ministry of Education and Culture, and Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) are working together to grant swift assistance to arts and culture professionals who have been hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak. Funding totalling approximately EUR 1.5 million will be apportioned during April via the Arts Promotion Centre (Taike). Foundations will also grant significant sums in aid through their own channels.
Artists, producers and all professionals on dance sector: The international encounter Stretch in Gothenburg, August 2020, is for you. Save the date!
The Stretch encounter comes back, now with the theme ‘Expanding the movement’. Last year it was a success and attracted 254 dance professionals from several countries to Turku, Finland, to share, discuss and work together. Now the event takes place in Gothenburg Sweden, in the same communal ambience, at the same time with Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival.
Carl Knif’s co-production with Helsinki Dance Company premieres in March
Knif’s new stage piece Fugue in two colors is set to premiere on March 19th 2020 in Helsinki City Theatre’s venue Studio Pasila. Fugue in two colors is a study of the eternal relation between dance and music.
Forty years of working for Finnish dance
Dance Info Finland celebrates its 40th birthday on February 20, 2020. In 1980, eight Finnish dance organizations joined their forces and formed the Finnish Dance Council (from 1994, Dance Info Finland) in order to develop the conditions of dance art in Finland. Since that, the dance sector has grown and become more organized. Some of the original objectives have been achieved, but new challenges and tasks have appeared in Dance Info Finland’s mission to support dance artists in their profession.
Why do dancers slide and balance on a slippery stage? What is this one part strange spectacle on ice, one part slimy orgy?
In March, Wauhaus’s show “Fluids” is presented at Tanzmainz Festival in March 2020. It has toured from Tallinn to Moscow, to Riga and in February to Cork, Ireland. We asked writer and visual artist Teemu Mäki to suggest a reading about this indefinable performance. How should we watch contemporary dance, and how should we think about it?
Miracle of birth, men in woolen socks and a space rocket – performing art for children in the international festival Bravo
Bravo brings the most interesting international performing art for kids to Helsinki on March 14-22. The festival invites families with 0–11+-years-old children to enjoy dance, circus and theatre from Mexico, Poland, Denmark, UK, South Korea and Sweden.
Kuopio Dance Festival pulls down boundaries in its 2020 programme
The 51st year of the festival brings us memorable works which march to the beat of a different drum and break conventional formats. The new artistic director Riku Lehtopolku presents a bold programme, starting with Winter Guests from Norway and extending to Peeping Tom from Belgium and Aurélien Bory from France.
The cornerstone of Dance House Helsinki has been laid
Construction of Dance House Helsinki entered a new phase when the cornerstone of the building was laid on Thursday, 30 January, 2020, at Cable Factory. Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori and Minister of Science and Culture Hanna Kosonen spoke at the occasion.
Loikka Dance Film Festival closes down after ten years
In October 2019, the only dance film festival in Finland Loikka, and the Loikka Kontakt, the organization behind it announced that it’s quitting. The main reason leading to the hard decision were the funding cuts to Loikka’s versatile and quite established work for dance film.
Side Step Festival 2020 celebrates the diversity and the richness of today’s dance and performance art
Zodiak’s annual international Side Step Festival takes place in 2020 from January 31 until February 8. The festival will spread from the Cable Factory – via the metroline – also to Culture Centre Stoa in Itäkeskus.
See who from Finland are on international tours
Performances full of movement or even acrobatics, political afrofuturist work, community dance, conceptual works, a choreographic lecture performance, new expressionist creation, disco inspired dance, and a performance for kids are now on tour in Europe and Hong Kong.
Meet the Finns at TPAM in Yokohama in February 9-14
In February 2020 Dance Info Finland and CircusInfo Finland together with seven Finnish dance and circus professionals will attend TPAM Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, Japan.
Meet the Finns at IPAY in Philadelphia in January
Dance Info Finland and CircusInfo Finland together with four dance and circus professionals will attend IPAY Showcase 2020 in Philadelphia in January 21-25, 2020.
Stretch 2019 Turku came up with ideas for developing the dance sector locally and internationally
Keðja presents: Stretch 2019 event attracted 254 dance professionals from several countries to Turku, Finland, during four entire days in last October. The event offered an abundant programme with three keynote lectures, 17 workshops, five different morning classes, 11 dance performances by local companies and artists plus the New Performance Turku festival programme, dance films, parties and gatherings.
Interested in the Finnish dance scene? Check out Dance Info Finland’s website for residency opportunities, festivals and much more
We’ve collected some useful information to our website about dance education, festivals and events, residencies, venues, regional dance centers, and professional organisations and unions in Finland. Take a look!
State Prize for Dance to Choreographer Liisa Pentti
The State Prizes were awarded by Hanna Kosonen, Minister of Science Culture, at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki on 29 November. Liisa Pentti‘s and Bo Madvig‘s duet The Body (2017) will be performed at Studiotrade Platform on 14th December in Cannes, France.
Finnish dance film Fracture got Dancescreen 2019 award for the best screen choreography up to 15 minutes
Johanna Nuutinen’s and Jukka Rajala-Granstubb’s Fracture was awarded in the end of November 2019 as a part of IMZ International Music + Media Centre’s Dancescreen event in Wuppertal, Germany.
Same-sex ballroom dance encourages dancesport towards equality
Same-sex ballroom dance is an internationally popular dance form, in which competitors compete in Standard and Latin dances. In Finland, the number of same-sex dance hobbyists has been increasing. The dance couple can be formed by a couple, siblings or even friends.
Meet the Finns and explore Finnish dance films at Tanzrauschen Festival on 21-24 of November
Dancescreen 2019 & TANZRAUSCHEN Festival Wuppertal – International Dance on Screen und Screen Dance Market in Wuppertal presents dance films from all over the world. This year the programme includes films from five Finnish artists.