Johanna Nuutinen +CO selected for the 2nd phase of SPARKS project

We are delighted to inform that the selections for the Erkko Hall Residency phase has been made!

Milla Koistinen, Veli Lehtovaara, Johanna Nuutinen, Elina Pirinen and WAUHAUS together with their creative teams have been selected for the next phase of the SPARKS Erkko Hall.  The artists and groups will continue to the Residency phase, which will be held in the summer of 2021 in Helsinki. The Residency includes two week practice period in the rehearsal studio and one week on stage. Short practice screenings will also be worked on during the course. Three performances will then continue into Production phase leading to premiere.

Journey to the premiere

For proposals for the Erkko Hall, SPARKS will support a 2 week research process (which includes a 4 day seminar) for 7-9 proposals, after which 5 projects will be selected for a 3 week residency. From these 5 productions 3 projects will then be selected to be funded for a 3 month creation process leading to the premiere. Salaries and a production budget will be provided.

The SPARKS Programme

The SPARKS programme is a new artistic development project 2019 – 2022, funded by Finnish Culture Foundation and Dance House Helsinki to support artists in Finland who desire to create new large scale works. Acknowledging the present conditions that artists are operating in locally, the project framework responds by providing key resources for dancemakers to support the entire creation process; from research to residency to production. This includes fees for a working group, adequate residency time in a rehearsal studio and theatre, and access to consult leading dramaturgs, producers, and choreographers throughout the process.

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