State Prize for Dance to Choreographer Liisa Pentti
The State Prizes were awarded by Hanna Kosonen, Minister of Science Culture, at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki on 29 November. Liisa Pentti‘s and Bo Madvig‘s duet The Body (2017) will be performed at Studiotrade Platform on 14th December in Cannes, France.
Liisa Pentti (born 1958) has been active as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and curator for over three decades. Throughout her career, she has done an exemplary job combining sophisticated artistry, pedagogy and internationality with an active approach to developing her field. Pentti’s artistic attitude is characterised by an intelligent awareness of tradition combined with continuous content, expression, bodily curiosity and questioning. She works extensively in the interface between dance, the performing arts and contemporary theatre, commanding a wide range of bodily practices and expressive performance languages. In addition to performing with her own group, she produces events related to dance conceptualisation and articulation, such as the international project platform “After Contemporary” and the seminar series and anthology “Postmodern Dance in Finland?”.
Pentti’s teaching work with dance and theatre students and non-professionals, such as young people with autism spectrum disorders, offers genuine dialogue and encouragement. She encourages her colleagues to believe in their own artistry, regardless of their educational background and generation.
The State Prize for the Performing Arts is awarded by the National Council for the Performing Arts. The value of the State Prize for Performing Arts is 14 000 euros.