Strong winds, heavy rain, people retreating indoors – Moving in November draws inspiration from the month of death


For eleven days in November artists come together in the Helsinki area to share their dreams, their perspectives and analyses of our world, of the time and societies we are living in. How do we look at the full circle of life?

Together with the audience, Moving in November festival is happy to welcome the artists: Dominique Brun & François Chaignaud, Isabel Lewis, Michiel Vandevelde, Maria Saivosalmi & Vytautas Puidokas, Mikko Niemistö, Ofelia Jarl Ortega, Ingri Fiksdal, Boglarka Börcsök & Andreas Bolm, Stefan Kaegiwith Judith Zagury and Nathalie Küttel, Chiara Bersani & Ilaria Lemmo, Bart Van den Eynde, Elsa Tölli & Veera Milja and Jared Gradinger to this year’s festival.

Dominique Bru: Un Bolero © Laurent Paillier

Festival’s artistic director Kerstin Schroth, what led you to make this year’s program?

“Not only in Finland, November is understood as the month of death. The month when the transition into wintertime happens throughout the northern hemisphere. Leaves fall, plants die, people retreat indoors. I learned that marraskuu, the Finnish word for November, also means death in the old language. Translated, Liikkeellä marraskuussa could hence also be: Moving with death.”


Michiel Vandevelde: Dances of Death © Illias Teirlinck

The notions of death, age, and the passing of time are very present in this year’s festival.

“How do we mourn loss in our society? How do we deal with age and death? Neither one nor the other are topics that our neoliberal society embraces. How do we look at the full circle of life?” festival’s artistic director muses.


vanha nainen istuu nojatuolissa

Andreas Bolm: Figuring Age

Some of the works will be delivered to the audience by post

In the programme, none of the works is set in a classical stage setting. Works are placed in a circular structure, split seating, delivered to you by post, come in the form of an installation, have turned into a movie, invite you outside to a well-known city beach, into a museum, or into a hybrid room resembling a hospital care unit or a ghostly abandoned salon, where you find yourself in a close proximity to the performer.

The festival also continues to spill out to other seasons of the year. Traces from November continues in May 2022, with two outdoor performances, by Angela Schubot and Jared Gradinger. One for adults, the other one for kids.

Moving in November will be held in Helsinki 4.-14. November 2021.