Compositional Improvisation Workshop with Katherine Ferrier


Saturday 27.8. klo 13 – 16 (break) 17 – 21
Sunday 28.8. klo 12-15 (break) 16 – 18
Place: Suvilahti / Esitystaiteenkeskus, Kaasutehtaankatu 1, Helsinki (Puhdistamo, rakennus nro 6, 2.kerros ) / Sali II
Price: 75€ (students & unemployed) / 100€
Registration and Info: Sini Haapalinna: or 0400785031


Juxtaposition, Attention and Ensemble Practice

What is the difference between chaos and complexity?  How can we as movers and humans, build the stamina we need to keep widening the circle of our attention? How do we make sense of the ever increasing inundation of information we experience in and out of the studio?

Compositional Improvisation offers us profound tools for paying attention, and honing the skills we need to co-inhabit the performative, daily, literal and figurative spaces we create together.

This workshop begins with solo investigations grounded in turning one’s attention to the inner sensory and imaginal landscape and grows into deep research of whole-group awareness and composing.

Movement exercises act as open doorways into fresh perceptions and unusual movement choices. Solo research supports our ability to make conscious choices in relationship to other and the environment and provides the foundation for the poetic refinement of one’s own compositional point-of-view.

No previous dance training is necessary, just a willingness to move into the unknown, alone and together, with courage, curiosity and compassion.


Katherine Ferrier is an independent dance artist, educator, poet, designer, director and curator, who has been immersed in making since the late 80s.

She earned her B.A. in Dance and Women’s Studies from Middlebury College, and M.F.A. in Dance and Performance from Sarah Lawrence College. A co-founder of The Architects, an improvisational quartet with a collaborative performance history spanning over 25 years, she teaches and performs regularly throughout the US and abroad.

She has an unshakeable faith in the power of art-making and collaboration as tools for building and nourishing all aspects of community and creating positive social change. Her own creative practice is deeply rooted in improvisation and lives in the intersections of patchwork, poetry and performance.

You can see more of her work, and find links to her writing at