Maria Nurmela and Renae Shadler: Susurrus

Contemporary dance

Dance artists Maria Nurmela and Renae Shadler are currently working on a new site-responsive and immersive performance project Susurrus. The artists will share the process for public in an open presentation taking place outdoors in Turku on 11.8.2018.

Susurrus is a site-responsive and immersive performance that aims to enhance ecological perception through sound, movement, language and sustainable design. In Susurrus the adaptive and interactive sound design by Samuel Herzt will be joined by light designer, Kalle Ropponen who will build a sustainable design apparatus. The performers, Maria Nurmela and Renae Shadler, will oscillate between efforted movement states that work through the topography of the body and fluid states influenced by somatic practice. They will engage in dream state writing that further layers the space with new understandings. All elements will intermingle to create a sensual journey that is alternately humorous, tragic, moving and provocative encouraging audiences to sense their embeddedness within the biosphere.

The artists work on their new performance project Susurrus in Ehkä-production’s Kutomo residency in two sessions, in July and August. At the end of the second session in August the working group organizes an open presentation followed by an artist meeting.

Concept, choreography and performance: Maria Nurmela and Renae Shadler
Sound design: Samuel Hertz
Light and space design: Kalle Ropponen
Production: working group
Residencies: betOnest, Dansomètre, Ehkä-production/Kutomo, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden and Routa Company/Generaattori
Supported by: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Cultural Foundation and Tanssitiimi

Presentation and artist meeting: Sat 11.8.2018 at 8 pm
Free entry!

The event will take place outdoors in Turku. The exact place is TBA.

In addition the Susurrus working group will organize Aerocene Explorer launch the previous day on Friday 10.8.2018 at 1 pm. More information about the event here.


Maria Nurmela

Renae Shadler

Sharon Pazner



Outdoor location

, Turku