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
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.
Helsinki International Ballet Competition 2020 honours the heritage of Doris Laine
Helsinki International Ballet Competition was founded in 1984 by Professor Doris Laine (1931-2018), whose extensive tenure as the prima ballerina of the Finnish National Ballet was followed by a career as a cultural politician and…
SPARKS project will produce six works to be premiered at Dance House Helsinki
In 2020, Dance House Helsinki will launch SPARKS, a four-year project for dance professionals. Six of the productions selected for the project will be seen on stage at Dance House Helsinki in 2022–2023. The Finnish Cultural Foundation has provided a significant €500,000 grant for the project.
Kordelin Foundation awards a prize to choreographer Ismo-Pekka Heikinheimo
In November 2019 the Alfred Kordelin Foundation has awarded four €30,000 awards for work done on behalf of Finnish culture. The prize board praises Heikinheimo for his artistic courage, and his groundbreaking cooperation with the visual arts and architecture. Besides Heikinheimo, the prizes were awarded to actor Maria Ylipää, journalist Pasi Heikura and professor Harri Vasander.
Baltic Circle grasps onto bodily expression and existence
The 16th edition of Baltic Circle International Theatre Festival takes place in Helsinki, Finland, November 12-17, 2019. The festival is a communal and inclusive experience, offering new orientations in contemporary theater and performance art as well as international performances and diverse club nights. This year the performances and events offer perspectives on the unknown and change.
PRAGMA Helsinki announces its first clients
It’s been busy but exciting five months for the producers working for Dance Info Finland’s and Circus Info Finland’s development project for mediator and international operations. The Producers of the project: Sanja Kulomaa, Anni Hiekkala and Nea Granlund started working in May, published their name ‘PRAGMA Helsinki’ in August and now, in October, they are ready to announce their first clients from the Finnish dance and circus field.
Follow the live stream from STRETCH Turku 17.-19.10.2019
Can’t be present at Stretch Turku? No problem! The programme’s keynotes and panel discussions will be streamed online through the Keðja Facebook page.
Finnish dance in PAMS in October
Come and get the latest dance news from Finland at the Nordic booth at PAMS – Performing Arts Market in Seoul. Dance Info Finland will be in PAMS with dance artists and companies from Finland together with CircusInfo Finland and other performing arts professionals from the Nordic countries.
Dance from Finland at WOMEX Tampere, October 23-27
We warmly welcome WOMEX for the first time in its history to Tampere, Finland. Dance from Finland will be represented at the stand no 3.5 by four companies.
More than 70 presenters took part in the showcase Performing HEL
Arranged for the second time in the end of August, performing arts showcase Performing HEL attracted the interest of more than 70 presenters and programmers. During the four days’ event 27 Finnish artists and companies presented their work through project pitches, demos and performances.