“Identity, metamorphosis and the durational aspect of a performance are topics I very often find myself exploring. I´m interested in multidisciplinary collaborations and like to mix dance, visual art, film and photography in order to create multidimensional worlds. With my works I desire to offer a visceral journey which shakes your emotions, wakes up your kinaesthetic empathy and makes you question and see the subject at hand in a new light.”
Dancer-choreographer Johanna Nuutinen graduated from the Finnish National Opera Ballet school in 2002. In 2002 she became a member of the Finnish National Ballet and created a successful career with the company while dancing soloist parts in works by Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Johan Inger, Jacobo Godani, Sylvie Guillem, John Neumeier, Jorma Elo and Jorma Uotinen among others, as well as created her own productions to the stage and on film.
In 2017 Johanna received a 3 year artist grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation and at the moment she works as a freelance artist.
Her works have been presented at over 40 international film festivals and several dance festivals in Finland and abroad. Johannas´s latest works include ANON – The Act of waiting (2018) and the multidisciplinary work IRIS (2017). Where ANON looks to the future while exploring the theme of waiting, IRIS addresses the past by dancing on the landscape of memories. The production ROOM for Pori Dance Company (2017) challenges the performer´s perceived mental and emotional boundaries through an abstract choreography which gets it´s emotional content through exhaustion.
“In the future my plans include the following essentials: to study the body and the mind even further and to stay curious. To deepen the existing partnerships and to find new collaborative partners in the fields of visual design and sound engineering with whom to create an inspiring platform for artistic endeavours. To work hard – and play even harder !“
* Quotes from an interview for FINNISH DANCE IN FOCUS 2015-2016 magazine