Performing HEL 2021 programme released

NEWS
23.3.2021

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.

Being held now for the third time, Performing HEL is intended for international and Finnish presenters and theatre and festival directors. It will take place in Helsinki on 2–5 September 2021. Registration for the event will open online on 23 March.

The abundance of multidisciplinary pieces and working groups is clear to see in the 2021 programme. The artists span different career stages but are united by their capacity to tour and work internationally. The 12 pitches, eight demos, and seven full-length performances featured in the programme will show off a varied collection of current works. The works will be performed not just on traditional stages, but throughout urban spaces and the VR world.

Held at the start of September, Performing HEL will once again coincide with the final week of Helsinki Festival. The pieces and artists featured in the programme were selected from almost 140 proposals submitted through an open application process. Furthermore, three programme performances are also included in the domestic performing art programme of Helsinki Festival 2021. There are also collaborations with Helsinki Biennial, Zodiak – Center for New Dance and Cirko – Center for New Circus.

The artists of the 2021 Performing HEL programme

Pitch

  • Blind Gut Company: Transparent Surfaces
  • Agit-Cirk: Ghost Town
  • Oblivia: Obsessions
  • Turunen Company: Trilogy of stage productions by Saara Turunen
  • Sonya Lindfors: camouflage
  • Janina Rajakangas: Meadow
  • Sisus: Split Ends
  • Otava-project: Otava
  • Essi Rossi & Mihail Durnenkov: A New Project (performance’s name TBC)
  • sadsongskomplex:fi: …and the rest is silence
  • Kekäläinen Company: If I Would Lose My Voice
  • Johanna Nuutinen +CO: SKIN HUNGER

Demo

  • Sari Palmgren & Co: Joy Riot
  • Mikko Niemistö: Odd Meters
  • Race Horse Company: O’DD
  • Portmanteau: Piste, piste, piste
  • Jenni-Elina von Bagh: A Prologue
  • Maija Hirvanen & Juha Valkeapää: Life as we know it
  • Carl Knif Company: A Dream Play

Performance

  • Live Art Society: Listening
  • Fheel Concepts: HOLD ON
  • Nuua: Vaarna (in collaboration with Cirko – Center for New Circus)
  • W A U H A U S: A Great Mess (in collaboration with Helsinki Biennial)
  • Tari Doris, Meri Ekola & Kid Kokko: Disappearing – a passion (part of the Helsinki Festival programme, in collaboration with AISTIT / coming to our senses)
  • Tiia Kasurinen: I’m not entirely here (cybersad) (part of the Helsinki Festival programme, in collaboration with Zodiak – Center for New Dance)
  • Tuukka Jukola & Kira Riikonen: Cycle City (part of the Helsinki Festival programme, in collaboration with Zodiak – Center for New Dance)

The pieces for the 2021 event programme were selected by: Manager of International Affairs Katarina Lindholm (Dance Info Finland), Head of International Development Lotta Nevalainen (CircusInfo Finland), Director Linnea Stara (Theatre Info Finland TINFO), Head of Production Eeva Bergroth (Klockriketeatern), Artistic Director Erik Söderblom (Espoo City Theatre), Dramaturg Maria Lundström (The Swedish Theatre), Dramaturg Eva Buchwald (The Finnish National Theatre) and Artistic Director Marko Ahtisaari (Helsinki Festival).

The aim of this event, which has been supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, is to promote sales and export of Finnish performing arts. The 2021 event is being organised by Dance Info Finland and CircusInfo Finland, in collaboration with Helsinki Festival, Espoo City Theatre, The Swedish Theatre, Klockriketeatern, The Finnish National Theatre, and Theatre Info Finland (TINFO).