On 7th of December we will start the creative process of a production 8Hz. 8Hz is the second part of a series of works which explore the theme of senses and our sensory experiences. In 8Hz we will dive into the world of auditory sense and explore the theme from the point of view of noise pollution.
Tero Saarinen Company will provide 2 weeks of residency time for our whole team.
The production will premiere in two parts. The first premiere will be presented at Tero Saarinen Company studios in Helsinki at the end of 2021. This premiere will offer the audience to step into the world of 360 degree immersive sound and on stage we will see three performers.
In the beginning of 2022 we will set the work for 6 performers and create a version which will be set for a bigger stage.
We look forward to share more information about the production with you soon!
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.
More info: https://www.tanssintalo.fi/en/about/sparks
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!
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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
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€ .
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:
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
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 COMISSIONED BY PORI DANCE COMPANY
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.
RESIDENCY AT SEOUL DANCE CENTER
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 short film PREMIERE AT LOIKKA DANCE FILM FESTIVAL
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.
About the past, the present and the future. Read the latest interview of Johanna on Finnish Dance in Focus 2017-2018 magazine.
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