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?
Jukka Haapalainen and Sirpa Suutari-Jääskö became patrons of IDTA
Respected professional ballroom dance couple, choreographers and influencers in the dance field, Mr. Jukka Haapalainen and Mrs. Sirpa Suutari-Jääskö have been invited to become patrons of IDTA, The International Dance Teachers’ Association.
#STOPHATREDNOW 2020 offers tools for inclusive, anti-racist and feminist action
Taking place on 11-15 of May, UrbanApa’s online event #StopHatredNow focuses on the theme of “new standards”. The versatile programme full of talks, provocations and seminars is aimed at individual artists, cultural influencers and institutions as well as anyone interested.
Change of generation boosts the street cred of Dance Theatre Minimi
A new phase started in Dance Theatre Minimi, based in Kuopio, Eastern Finland as young contemporary dancers Mikko Makkonen and Iiro Näkki stepped into company’s managing roles in April 2020. The theatre’s new directors come from the freelance world, with strong roots in street dance culture, circus arts, and parkour.
Nearly 200 artists selected for a Kone Foundation home residency in Finland
Kone Foundation has awarded a three-month work grant to 185 professional artists working in Finland for a residency that takes place in the grant recipient’s own home. The total amount of grants awarded is EUR 1.48 million.Through the home residency, the Foundation aims to support artists whose opportunities have disappeared due to the corona pandemic.
Kuopio Dance Festival 2020 has been canceled
Due to the coronavirus situation, The Finnish Government has extended previously imposed restrictions and it will affect on all large public events in the near future. Consequently, Kuopio Dance Festival, planned to begin on 10th of June, has been canceled. During the autumn, festival organisation has planned to bring other dance related program to Kuopio region.
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.
Flow Productions is the theatre of the year 2020
In the beginning of March the Association of Finnish Theatres awarded Flow Production, founded in 2006 and led by choreographer Pirjo Yli-Maunula, for its regional, national and international work combining dance, circus and theatre. The prize board praises Flow Productions for its collaborative, multidisciplinary work both on stage and site-specific.
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.