• 9.6.2020 | Johanna Nuutinen part of the SPARKS shortlist More

    Johanna Nuutinen has been selected for the SPARKS project.

    SPARKS is a new artistic development project funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and Dance House Helsinki. The project’s aim is to support Finnish dance artists willing to create new productions for large stages. The funding will cover the team’s fees, residency periods in the rehearsal studio and theatre, and the possibility to consult with dramaturgs, producers and choreographers throughout the process.

    Of the eight shortlisted candidates, five will be selected for a three-week residency period and, of them, three performances will be chosen to produce premieres at the Erkko stage in 2022–2023.

    More info about the project: https://tanssintalo.fi/en/form2022/the-sparks-project-at-form-progressing-eight-dance-performance-ideas-shortlisted-for-the-erkko-stage/


    Although we cannot share our new premiere OPIA with you on the 12th of May 2020 due to the restrictions on public gatherings, we are delighted to announce that new dates for the performances has been found.

    We want to welcome you to join us and experience the work at Zodiak – Center for New Dance 23.3.-1.4.2021!

    More info about changing your single ticket or returning it can be found from the link below:


    Stay safe and see you at Zodiak – Center for New Dance in March 2021!

  • 27.4.2020 | 40 Winks Archive on Springback Magazine More

    Excellent news! ANON-The Act of Waiting is now part of the 40 Winks Archive on Springback Magazine.

    Springback Members can watch 5-minute clips of 40 runners-up from the hundreds of applicants to the AerowavesTwenty selection.

    Springback Magazine, an online publication launched in 2018 by the Aerowaves network, keeps artists, programmers and audiences in touch with new dance across Europe.


  • 12.5.2020 | Premiere of OPIA at Zodiak – Center for New Dance More

    We are currently working on OPIA which will premiere at Zodiak – Center for New Dance 12.5.2020. This new full length stage work dives eyes first into the ever present questions relating to looking, being looked at, how do we perceive form and how do we form meaning from what we see. OPIA is the first work of the series which explores the world of senses and our sensory experience.

    Our team has been honoured to work with our co-production partner Zodiak – Center for New Dance as well as residency partners Tero Saarinen Company, Teatermaskinen Riddarhyttan and Dance Base Edinburgh.

    This Spring season we will develop the work at the following stages:

    2.-8.1.2020 in residence at Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Helsinki

    22.-27.3.2020 in residence at Tero Saarinen Company, Helsinki

    12. – 23.5.2020 premiere at Zodiak – Center for New Dance

    We hope to see you at the audience!

  • 14.1.-12.6.2020 | Workshops Spring 2020 More

    The year 2020 is in full swing! This Spring season starts with sharing workshops and teaching in Helsinki and Hong Kong.

    14.1.-31.1.2020 morning classes at Tanssille ry and Helsinki City Theatre


    25.1.-25.4.2020 Kinesteetikot ry extra training sessions in Helsinki

    24.5.-12.6.2020 Johanna will be teaching, lecturing and leading workshops at Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts in Hong Kong


  • 1.1.2020 | HAPPY NEW YEAR! More

    2019 was a wonderful year in the studio, on stage, against the green screen, on the silver screen and on the drawing board! With two premiere works we gathered a great audience of approximately 8000 people in Finland and Australia. We also kicked off the production of OPIA, visited Teatermaskinen in Sweden and Dance Base in Scotland as residence artists, had wonderful audience discussions and performed ANON-The Act of Waiting at Jyväskylä Dance Festival as well.

    It has been a privilege to share a moment with everyone who came to see the shows or participated in the workshops and audience meetings throughout the year 2019. Warm thank you to each and everyone who has been part of this journey – the performers, repetitors, directors, designers, technicians, festivals, foundations and other supporters! Onwards and upwards towards 2020!

  • 29.8.-1.9.2019 | Johanna Nuutinen + CO at Performing HEL showcase event More

    Johanna Nuutinen will be presenting the production ANON – The Act of Waiting at Performing HEL performing arts showcase event in Helsinki 29.8.-1.9.2019.

    Out of 110 applications the jury chose 12 companies/artists to pitch their work, 10 to present a demo session and 5 to perform a full length work as part of the Helsinki Festival.

    Being held this year for the second time, the Performing HEL showcase – encompassing circus, dance and theatre – is on the lookout for full-length performances, demos and pitches. Taking place in Helsinki on 29 August–1 September 2019, the showcase will present some of the most interesting elements of Finnish performing arts that are suitable for international audiences and touring to Finnish and international festival and theatre programme presenters. (Sirkus Info 11.2.2019)

    We are thankful for this opportunity and excited to meet you all soon in Helsinki!

    If you would like to contact us in advance, we are more than happy to offer you additional information.

    Contact: johanna@johannanuutinen.com

  • 8.2.-2.3.2019 | X-it for WEST AUSTRALIAN BALLET More

    Johanna Nuutinen is re-creating her work X-it for the West Australian Ballet for their Quarry season 2019.

    X-it draws its inspiration from the theme of being constantly under surveillance. What kind of emotions and feelings does a non-ending – and un-escapable – state of being watched stir in a person?

    The work was originally commissioned by Finnish National Ballet and had its premiere in May 2011.

    Read Johanna´s thoughts about the process from the latest Dance Info Finland international newsletter:




    X-it / In-Synch
    at Ballet at the Quarry, Perth Festival, by West Australian Ballet

    from February 8 – March 2, 2019
    Place: The Quarry Amphitheatre – City Beach

    Tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.com.au/search?q=west+australian+ballet


  • 19.-24.11.2018 | IRIS and ANON at Teater Viirus, HELSINKI More


    Three dance works at Teater Viirus 19.-24.11.2018!


    By popular demand IRIS – Dance in the fissures of humanity will return to Helsinki with two performances after touring in four different festivals across the globe this autumn season.

    The work is part the GUEST program 19.-20.11.2018 at Teater Viirus in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki.

    Later on that week 22.11.2018 Johanna Nuutinen will premiere her new work ANON – The Act of Waiting. In her latest work ANON Johanna Nuutinen utilises her customary medium of virtuoso dance to explore the unavoidable senses of surrendering and uncertainty created by waiting. ANON also examines the temporary communities created by the act of waiting and questions the power structures of waiting. The creative team consists of performers Jenna Broas and Oskari Nyyssölä, visualist Joonas Tikkanen, sound designer Tuuli Kyttälä and dramaturg Miranda Laurence.

    The work is performed as part of a double bill evening together with the work RESTLESS EARTH. Inspired by Orientalism by Edward W. Said, the premiere work RESTLESS EARTH by choreographers Riku Lehtopolku and Mikko Makkonen explores how we encounter difference and come to terms with it.



    20/15€ . Combination ticket for both evenings: 35€ .




    Teater Viirus
    Välimerenkatu 14, 00220 Helsinki, Finland




    IRIS – Dance in the fissures of humanity
    chor. Johanna Nuutinen

    MON 19.11 7 pm
    TUE 20.11  7 pm

    ANON – The Act of Waiting
    chor. Johanna Nuutinen

    chor. Riku Lehtopolku, Mikko Makkonen

    THU 22.11 7 pm
    FRI 23.11 7 pm
    SAT 24.11 3 pm
    SAT 24.11 7 pm


    For more information please contact:


  • 9.9.-20.11.2018 | IRIS on tour More

    IRIS – Dance in the fissures of humanity will be touring in four different countries this autumn season 2018!

    Find us on the following festivals and venues:

    9.9.2018 Bucharest International Dance Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania

    12.-13.9.2018 Jumping Frames Festival, Hong Kong

    8.11.2018 Danse festival Barents

    19.-20.11.2018 Teater Viirus

  • 17.2.-22.4.2018 | RECIDENCY, PREMIERE AND WORKSHOP More

    Although year 2018 is already in full swing I would like to take a look back and thank all of the audiences, collaborators and workshop participants who made year 2017 such a magical one! We reached an audience of 1150 people, premiered two productions, worked in two residencies, performed and created in four countries and  met over 300 eager workshop participants. I´m also excited about the current season and very happy to share what we are cooking up at the moment.
    Best wishes, Johanna.



    ROOM which had it´s premiere 20.11.2018 at Pori Theatre had it´s revival at Pori Art Museum 17.2.2018 and at Pori Theatre 24.2.2018. The production was commissioned by Pori Dance Company.  TROIS C-L Centre de Creation Choreographique Luxembourgeois supported the project by offering us a two week residency in summer 2017.




    ANON is a new stage production which will premiere in November 2018 in Helsinki, Finland.  The work is supported by Seoul Dance Center which will offer a six week residency 10.3-22.4.2018 and South East Dance Center´s Dramaturge in Residence Programme which offers us a chance to work with dramaturge Miranda Laurence
    throughout the process. During my stay in Seoul I will be also teaching a movement workshop at Seoul Dance Center on the week 13.




    SÄRÖ – ( Eng. Fracture – Distortion ) is a short dance film composed out of the film material used in full length stage production IRIS, which premiered in Autumn 2018 in Helsinki, Finland.

    SÄRÖ – is now available for festival screenings and will premiere at Loikka Dance film festival on 6.4.2018 at 16.30 o´clock screening.


  • 13.9.2017 | FINNISH DANCE IN FOCUS 2017-2018 INTERVIEW More

    About the past, the present and the future. Read the latest interview of Johanna on Finnish Dance in Focus 2017-2018 magazine.


  • 18.6.-11.11.2017 | Residencies and premieres More

    Year 2017 is in full speed. It will be busy and full of wonderful challenges. Hope to see you at some of these venues!


    18.6 – 3.7 Residency at TROIS C-L , Luxemburg, with production ROOM

    14.7 – 31.7 Teaching and performing solo production HATCHED at Beijing Dance Festival, China


    1. – 5.8 Performing at Hangzhou Festival at XiXi theatre, China

    7. – 12.8 Creation period of the premiere production IRIS with dance artists Nathalie Ruiz and Yvan Auzely in Stockholm

    13.8 – 25.8 Residency in Ireland at SHAWBROOK residency center with production IRIS


    1.9 – 3.9 Organizing a master teacher workshop in collaboration with Robert Poyton on Spiraling Power in Helsinki

    22.9 Premiering IRIS in Helsinki


    1.10 – 11.11 Creation period of the production ROOM in collaboration with Pori Dance Company, Finland


    Johanna Nuutinen´s durational work ME has been selected as part of the international DIGITAL BODY EXHIBITION in Bucharest, Romania. The work will have three runs at the GALATECA GALLERY on 11th and 13th November.

    The exhibition is part of the Bucharest International Dance Film Festival. Artists from Germany, Italy, Finland, Great Britain, Austria and Argentina present their research and digital artworks, challenging both the cognitive and the emotional system of the audience. Nine works of video art, robotics, animation, sound engineering and live performance are playfully exhibited in the futuristic space of Galateca Gallery.

    ME had it´s premiere in March 2016 at K.H.Rehnlund Art Museum in Kokkola. Since then it has collected over 1200 spectators while touring at EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art and ARTSI Vantaa Contemporary Art Museum in Southern Finland.

    More about ME:

    GALATECA GALLERY and info about the exhibition:

  • 1.-3.9.2016 | MEET US at TANZMESSE booth 90 More

    Johanna will be presenting her work and future plans at Internationale TANZMESSE Nrw in Düsseldorf 1.-3.9. You are warmly welcome to join us on FRI 2.9 at 12-13 am and on SAT 11-12 am at BOOTH 90 !

    Thank you to Dance Info Finland who organizes and makes the event possible.

    More information on the Meet The Finns @ Tanzmesse – event: