Dance artist: Performer, Choreographer and Teacher
Contemporary Dance 
Contact Improvisation

Mirva Mäkinen graduated as a Doctor of Dance from University of Arts in Helsinki in 2018. Her doctoral research is about Somaesthetics of Contact Improvisation. She graduated (MA) from the Dance Department from the University of Arts, Finland in 2000, before that she did masters of Physical Education from University of Jyväskylä. 

From 2000 onwards she has been a dance teacher, choreographer and lecturer for dance at the Kallio Upper Secondary School of Performing Arts. She has been teaching in several international dance schools, professional  companies and contact improvisation festivals, including for example Cullberg Ballet in Sweden.

She has been working as a dancer with many different dance companies and choreographers, here few of them: Dance company Karttunen Kollektiv (choreographer Jyrki Karttunen), New Circus Company Circo Aereo, choreographer Joona Halonen, Echo Echo dance company (Northen Ireland), collaboration with Frey Faust and collaboration with Joerg Hassmann. During 2014-2020 she has been working as a dancer with Finnish choreographer Valtteri Raekallio.

Mirva Mäkinen has been performing and teaching contemporary dance internationally in more than 40 different countries. 

photographer: Borys Boryshenko


In dance I am interested in the feeling of flow and research of kinetic energy. I love to investigate movement, its rhythm and different ways of inhabiting the body. A feeling of dancing is created by management of gravitational forces, falling responses and inertia.  

photographer: Johanna Tirronen

”You could spend a week listening to the radio and only hearing dead artists, but the song is only a song when it is and by a moment which is alive, that what singing used to be, easily. Contact Improvisation has had aesthetics, kind of controlled anarchy. Anarchy does not need to overwhelm the cultures conservative tendencies. It is a contact improvisation, the anarchy and the conservation.”

Steve Paxton

photographer: Johanna Tirronen