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.

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The 2020 edition of Side Step embraces performances as events, full of extravangaza and strong performers. The programme features only two works which are seen from the traditional auditorium. Rest of the programme challenges the line between performers and audience.

”We want to give the stage to works that exhibit energy, aesthetic qualities and attitudes rarely experienced here, works in which the personal sphere and certain idiosyncratic extravaganza come together in exhilarating and amazing ways to tickle the inner worlds of the audience quietly — or sometimes brazenly” – the festival curators, Harri Kuorelahti and Elina Pirinen

The festival includes six performances and three performative festival clubs. The artist guests of 2020 are nora chipaumire, Michiel Vandevelde, Ivo Dimchev, artist collective Berstad/Helgebostad/Brun, Matilda Aaltonen & Joel Teixeira Neves and Sorour Darabi.

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