In the Finnish National Ballet’s centenary year 2022, a Triple Bill showcases three internationally acclaimed Finnish choreographers with new works by Johanna Nuutinen, Kenneth Kvarnström and Tero Saarinen.
Johanna Nuutinen graduated from the Finnish National Opera Ballet school in 2002. In the same year she became a member of the Finnish National Ballet and created a successful career with the company while dancing soloist parts in works by internationally renowned choreographers. Now Nuutinen returns once again to FNB and creates a group work HYÖKY – SURGE for the ensemble of dancers.
“Will we only see the clarity of the moment in the chaos when we take the time to face both ourselves and each other?”
Get tickets and read more about the Triple bill here! https://oopperabaletti.fi/en/repertoire-and-tickets/triple-bill-made-in-finland/
“Noise … is both a thing and a relationship between things.”
– Aaron Cassidy and Aaron Einbond, 2013
Hz is a new group work by choreographer Johanna Nuutinen. The work premieres at Tanssin Talo’s Erkko Hall 31.3.2022 in Helsinki. The audience will deep dive into sound waves – to a zone where hearing becomes experiencing. In Hz, underwater sound pollution acts as a metaphor for the sensory stimuli of the modern world.
Hz is the first piece commissioned for Tero Saarinen Company by another choreographer. It is part of a double bill, featuring a new interpretation of Tero Saarinen’s iconic solo HUNT (2002).
Tickets to the double bill here! https://tixfi.fi/en/terosaarinencompany/buyingflow/tickets/12001/
Read more about the work here! https://terosaarinen.com/en/creation/hz/
Steps and traces in exceptional times – Side Step Festival 2022
Johanna Nuutinen’s OPIA, premiered in April 2021 and co-produced with Zodiak – Center for New Dance has been selected to the programme of international Side Step -festival. The performances will be seen at Zodiak Stage on 13.2. at 15:00, 14.2. at 19:00 and 15.2. at 19:00.
Tickets to the performances here! https://tix.zodiak.fi/fi/buyingflow/tickets/12003/
“Rigorous work in the intersections of art, science and social emotions has resulted in a timeless work. Through the polished details and precision Opia has a strength which downright contorts the mind and the gaze.”
Maria Säkö, HS
“A mesmerically beautiful triptych”
“Opia explores the sense of sight primarily through the polarities of white and black – like the white nights of Finnish summer or the long dark nights of the winter”
Stephanie Green, BroadwayBaby.com https://broadwaybaby.com/shows/opia/752306
Johanna Nuutinen’s OPIA, premiered in April 2021 and co-produced with Zodiak – Center for New Dance has been selected to the programme of international ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform for professionals. The performance of OPIA will be seen on 12.2.2022 at Zodiak Stage. The curators of the platform describe the programme as “urgent, diverse and fresh”!
Read more about ICE HOT and register here! https://www.icehotnordicdance.com/
OPIA, the new creation by choreographer Johanna Nuutinen, dives eyes first into the multidimensional and porous world of eye sight. The work will premiere in TikettiStream on Thu, April 1, at 19:00.
Dancers Mia Jaatinen and Jenna Broas spiral into the world behind the gaze, in a perspective defying visual world created by Joonas Tikkanen. The captivating soundscape is produced by sound wizard Tuomas Norvio. The performance recording is edited and directed by Thomas Freundlich.
Tickets 11,50 € from Tiketti!
The tickets are available until 19:00 on Thu, April 15.
If you work as a presenter, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or agent Nea Granlund at Pragma Helsinki / email@example.com .
Since the theatres are remaining closed in Finland we have decided to bring the premiere of OPIA to you via online platform together with Zodiak-Center for New Dance!
OPIA will be streamed in the end of March.
We will offer more details about the streaming platform, tickets and dates as soon as possible.
Until then, you can find more production details here:
Hope to meet you online soon!
Choreographer Johanna Nuutinen together with agent Nea Granlund from Pragma Helsinki will take part in TPAM online events 8.-12.2.2021.
Johanna will be present at the Nordic pitch event on WED 10.2.2021 at 7 – 7.40 am GMT (9 – 9.40 am EET).
We look forward to connect with new and already familiar colleagues during the coming week!
More information about TPAM: https://www.tpam.or.jp/info/en/
Article on Dance Info Finland website in Finnish: https://www.danceinfo.fi/uutiset/tpam-virtuaalipitchaukseen-valittiin-kuusi-tanssin-ammattilaista/
Pragma Helsinki: www.pragmahelsinki.fi
OPIA, a full length stage work which draws our focus on vision, was supposed to premiere in May 2020 at Zodiak Stage in Helsinki, Finland. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions the premiere was delayed and shifted to 2021.
We are currently in rehearsals and preparing for the premiere on 23.3.2021. We hope that we will be able to share the work with live audiences. If that is not possible due to the ongoing restrictions on public gatherings, we are investigating the possibility and making preparations to stream the production online.
For more updated information, please visit: https://www.zodiak.fi/en/programme/opia
On 7th of December we will start the creative process of a production Hz. Hz is the second part of a series of works which explore the theme of senses and our sensory experiences. In Hz 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