Finnish-Russian Dance Exchange programme goes online


As corona pandemic hits hard international exchange and touring, we are happy to announce that five projects in the Finnish-Russian dance programme are now taking place online or remotely.

Starting in November two online residencies bring together professionals working on the dance field in Russia and in the Eastern Finland region.

Maikki Palm, choreographer and art educator from Finland, is working with Nika Parkhomovskaja from Moscow and Dina Veryutina from St Petersburg, with themes that touch young people’s world and their voices. The project’s results will be shared in December.

Lindon Shimizu is a Japanese-Brazilian choreographer living and working in Joensuu, Finland, and Anna Schekleina is a choreographer from Yekaterinburg. They will work together in their online residency with a strongly somatic approach. Yeltsin center will show their work in 2021.

In St Petersburg, on the new stage of the Alexandrinsky theatre, is organized a dance film workshop on November 21st to 22nd. The workshop is conducted by Finnish dance artist and dance film maker Kati Kallio as an online webinar. A screening of dance films from Finland also takes place at Alexandrinsky, in cooperation with the Finnish Institute in St Petersburg.

Sjezd is a forum and knowledge sharing space for the professional community of contemporary dance and performance. On November 25, Pragma Helsinki, a production and management agency from Finland, will present their services and important issues in producing dance performances. Also a coaching session for choreographers and producers is included.

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Maria Nurmela & Kari Ikonen: Toccata – for two pianists © Merja Isokoski

In Novokuznetsk, Southern Siberia, Finnish dance artist Maria Nurmela and pianist Kari Ikonen invite local performing artists to a corporeal and musical adventure investigating the connection between movement and music, on December 14–16. The workshop will start with a physical warm up exploring the body’s possibilities through breath and sensory work, body’s musicality and kinesthetic empathy. The workshop includes also small live work-in-progress performances. Toccata, a performance by Nurmela and Ikonen will be live streamed from Turku.