Zodiak’s Side Step Festival 2021 goes online and virtual


Steps and traces in exceptional times – this is the subtitle of the Side Step Festival 2021 organized by Zodiak. The festival takes place mainly online, from 3–21 February.

Side Step Festival once again reflects the prevailing world and the things that need to be considered in the present moment – the importance of encounter and community building and understanding in our lives, writes Harri Kuorelahti, Artistic Director, in his forewords for this year’s edition of the festival.

Picks from the programme:

Angela Aldebs & Kati Raatikainen‘s Dancing with Social Distance creates a space for meeting people without physical contact in this state of emergency. Taking place on the Zoom online platform, Dancing with Social Distance is an opportunity to dance together in a simple way.

Zodiak Salon: Ballroom CultureAmanda 007, Lydia Gucci & Lola Gucci
Side Step Festival 2021 has invited dance artists from different backgrounds to share a conversation with each other. These artist dialogues will be published on Zodiak’s website at the beginning of the festival, and they can be viewed until one week after.

Zodiak Salon: Meg Stuart & Maija Hirvanen

Zodiak SalonAuri Ahola & Veli Lehtovaara

Hanna Pajala-Assefa, Daniel Leggat, Janne StormSkeleton Conductor XR Art
Skeleton Conductor XR Art is an inclusive, individual virtual reality (VR) art experience where free bodily expression takes the user into a space of kinesthetic composition and active awareness of oneself.  Skeleton Conductor XR Art was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the Altered Festival 2020. This experience takes place at the Helsinki XR Center.

Simo Kellokumpu: åstra [Astrotrilogy 3] is a performance-installation / work in progress / open studio.

See the entire programme on festival’s website ›