More than 70 presenters took part in the showcase Performing HEL


Arranged for the second time in the end of August 2019, 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.

The event received a lot of praise for its diverse program which included presentations from dance, circus and theatre artists. A small and intimate event set the stage for for presenters from around the world to discover performing arts from Finland. The intimate scale of the event created a friendly atmosphere where it was easy to make new contacts.

With these photos from the second edition of Performing HEL we, together with CircusInfo Finland, want to thank you our Finnish and international guests, the artists and Performing HEL partners: Helsinki Festival, Swedish Theatre, Finnish National Theatre, Espoo City Theatre and Theatre Info Finland TINFO. Thanks to the Ministry of Culture and Education, the embassies and institutes for the support.

The next edition of the showcase Performing HEL is planned to be in 2021 – stay tuned!

Thursday 29.8.

W A U H A U S: Sapiens | open rehearsal and artist talk at Finnish National Theatre © Anni Leino

Ilmatila: Atlas | Performance and opening night’s drinks at Stoa Cultural Centre ©Anni Leino

Producers Sanja Kulomaa and Anni Hiekkala from Pragma Helsinki with Dance Info Finland’s Manager of International Affairs Katarina Lindholm at Stoa ©Anni Leino

Friday 30.8.

Friday started with the production pitches at Swedish Theater | on stage Johanna Nuutinen +CO ©Sanna Kangasluoma

Networking lunch at Swedish Theater ©Jeremy Bengts

Demos at Tiivistämö, Suvilahti | on stage Johannes Holopainen and Essi Rossi from Rossi, Holopainen & Riikonen: Johnny got his gun ©Emil Rissanen, Henri Liedes

Performing HEL guests and artists having a break at Tiivistämö ©Emil Rissanen, Henri Liedes

Petri Kekoni Company: Erratic Block | outdoor performance at Kalasatama on Friday ©Petri Kekoni Company

Saturday 31.8.

Saturday started with production pitches at Swedish Theatre | on stage Riikka Puumalainen from Dance Theatre Minimi interviewed by the host of the showcase Neil Wallace ©Jeremy Bengts

Saturday continued with the networking lunch at Swedish Theatre ©Jeremy Bengts

Demos at Tiivistämö | on stage Kinetic Orchestra: I’m Liquid ©Emil Rissanen, Henri Liedes

Break between the demos and the seminar at Tiivistämö ©Jeremy Bengts

Open seminar “from gatekeeping to open platforms?” for performing arts professionals | on stage Lotta Nevalainen and Katarina Lindholm together with the speakers Vigdís Jakobsdóttir (Reykjavik Arts Festival, IS), Helen Lannaghan (London International Mime Festival, UK), Craig Peterson (Abrons Art Center, USA) and Anamarta de Pizarro (Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá, CO) ©Emil Rissanen, Henri Liedes

People waiting for Kalle Nio’s performance Green to start at Cirko – Center for New Circus ©Anni Leino

Sunday 1.9.

Sunday started with Susanna Leinonen Company’s Nasty and continued with demos at Zodiak – Center for New Dance ©Anni Leino

Performing HEL 2019’s last demo was Tero Saarinen Company’s Third Practice at the company’s new studio in Cable Factory ©Riitta Aittokallio