International training programme Digital Leap starts in spring 2022
Digital Leap is an international two-year project that offers dance and circus professionals learning opportunities for deepening their understanding of digital environments and their possibilities in performing arts.
The Finnish National Opera and Ballet plans to make elephants fly – Open call for performance concepts using augmented reality
The Finnish National Opera and Ballet and the digital culture festival Assembly are calling teams to propose creative technological concepts that take live performance into new heights. The final result will be premiered on FNOB’s main stage in Autumn 2022.
Challenging the image of a dancer – Quartet, a work for disabled dancers raises questions about inclusion
In this dance piece, even those who are often seen only as the passive objects of activities and actions become visible, independent subjects who tell their own stories. Quartet is programmed live & stream at Zodiak in June and at the Tampere Theatre Festival in August.
Choreographer Jaakko Toivonen to lead the Finnish Dance Theatre Raatikko
To make sure that there’ll be interesting dance pieces for young audiences also in the future, we need to get young dance artists more interested in this target group.
The connection between the body and nature vibrates through Tero Saarinen’s new piece
Tero Saarinen’s new large scale creation Transit will have its Finnish Premiere at the Helsinki Festival 2021 opening weekend in August. Finnish Dance in Focus magazine interviewed Saarinen just before the world premiere in Sweden last October.
Surrender to art: Helsinki Festival will take place (live!) at the turn of August/September
Helsinki Festival is the largest multi-art festival in the Nordic countries and is held each year at the turn of August/September. The purpose of the Festival Week is to provide unique art experiences to the home and international audience. The plentiful, multidisciplinary program also includes both international and Finnish dance.
Sign up for Performing HEL! Additions made to the online programme
While September is starting to look more promising what comes to hosting live events, Performing HEL decided to add a few full-length works to the event’s online program. By signing up, you can experience the program in Helsinki, online or both.
Finnish dance films deliver a strong festival year in 2020 despite the pandemic
Thomas Freundlich and Valtteri Raekallio’s films Fram and Cold Storage were among the most widely screened Finnish short films at festivals worldwide in 2020. The documentary Fram reached the shared #1 spot in the number of festival screenings for Finnish documentary films.
The Finnish National Ballet celebrates its centenary in 2022
Next spring will be a tribute to glorious Finland-themed premieres and meaningful classics. In summer 2022, the company will get a new artistic director, as Madeleine Onne will be leaving her post, after a four-year period.
#StopHatredNow 2021 – The programme is out
The intercultural and anti-racist platform #StopHatredNow is back. This year the platform is arranged virtually in mid-May. The event creates new discourse on diversity, inclusivity, power structures and intersectionally feminist strategies. This year’s theme is Reshaping Horizons of Hope.
Full Moon Dance Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary
Full Moon Dance Festival in Pyhäjärvi, Finland is approaching and the programme for summer 2021 will be out shortly. The festival will be arranged Covid-19 safely in July.
Ice Hot Helsinki 2022 strives for a soft footprint and a strong handprint
The next Ice Hot Nordic Dance platform takes place February 9–13, 2022 in Helsinki with Dance Info Finland as the main organizer. The platform is organized with sustainability as a guiding framework.
Finns at TPAM 2021 – pitch videos now available!
Dance Info Finland and a group of Finnish dance professionals attended the TPAM Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, Japan, online on 9-14 February.
New BAD HOUSE festival stretches the limits in virtual and physical reality
BAD HOUSE is a new, lively art festival in Finland. It is produced by Mad House Helsinki, an association that promotes and produces live art and other experimental performing arts in Helsinki.
COVID-19 cancelled performances and moved them online – restrictions continue widely until mid-April
As in many countries worldwide, also Finnish field of dance is fighting to survive COVID-19 impact. The challenging times have forced many artists and companies to stream their performances online – and find new audiences in alternative ways.
The new Festival Director of Kuopio Dance Festival is Johanna Rajamäki
The personnel change will take place in August 2021 when Anna Pitkänen, Festival Director since 1996, leaves the Festival. But who is our new Festival Director and how do we look to the future?
Performing HEL 2021 programme released
In September 2021, the Performing HEL showcase, a joint effort between eight operators in the Finnish performing arts sector, will present an enthralling array of performances representing current circus, dance and theatre in Finland. The newly published programme features 27 Finnish artists and groups. Due to the exceptional circumstances this year, part of the programme will take place online.
Zodiak’s Side Step Festival 2021 goes online and virtual
Steps and traces in exceptional times – this is the subtitle of the Side Step Festival 2021 organized by Zodiak. The festival takes place mainly online, from 3–21 February.
Performing HEL 2021 programme will be released in March
Performing HEL showcase presents the most interesting Finnish performing arts for international and Finnish presenters and programmers. For this year the showcase received almost 140 applications from Finnish artists.
Meet the Finns virtually at TPAM 9-14 February
Dance Info Finland together with a bunch of Finnish dance professionals will attend TPAM Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, Japan – this time online. Besides Manager of International Affairs Katarina Lindholm from Dance Info Finland,…