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Dance for Peace - CI50

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Dance for Peace - CI50

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12. maalisk. klo 10.00 – 13. maalisk. klo 13.00

Helsinki, Mekaanikonkatu 3c, 00880 Helsinki, Finland

About the event

Contact improvisation workshop.

Teachers: Mirva Mäkinen and Katja Mustonen

All the income from this workshop will go to Ukrainian CI dancers and to Moldovian dancers who are supporting.

My body is man's closest relationship with nature. By strengthening the opportunities for our own physical experience and handling, the project is whether the burning crisis of the era really responds to how we might think of being new as part of the Earth’s ecosystem. Could we share physical space, close to each other, without competing?

Movable support and flying technique in contact improvisation

Contact improvisation is based on the communication between two moving bodies that are in physical contact and their combined relationship to the physical laws that govern their movement; gravity, momentum, inertia. The body, in order to feel these sensations, learns to release excess muscular tension and abandon a certain quality of willfulness to experience the natural flow of movement. This class will include rolling, falling, being upside down, following a physical point of contact, supporting and giving weight to a partner. We will aim towards movable support and gentle flying technique.

Situation in Ukraine affects everyone. All kinds of help will be needed! You can come to this weekend workshop and you can also just donate.

12.-13.3.2022 at 10.00-13.00 both days. 12.3. 17-19.30 jam. Workshop price: 100e or what you can. Account: Raakamateriaali ry FI55 5723 8120 2764 21 Reference number: 1119 Registration:

BIO: MIRVA MÄKINEN (FIN) 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 and contact improvisation festivals, including many times in Ukraine. Mirva has been working with with many different dance companies and choreographers, here few of them: Dance company Karttunen Kollektiv, New Circus Company Circo Aereo, choreographer Joona Halonen, Echo Echo dance company, collaboration with Frey Faust and collaboration with Joerg Hassmann. At the moment she is working with Finnish choreographer Valtteri Raekallio.

KATJA MUSTONEN (FIN) is a Finnish dance maker and teacher, currently based in Outokumpu, Finland. She graduated as a dancer in Finland 2004, and holds MA degree in "Contemporary Dance Education"(MA CoDE, HfMDK,Frankfurt 2010). Since 2008, she’s been teaching Contemporary Dance, Improvisation and Contact Improvisation internationally in institutions, festivals and other venues for dance. Artistically, she keeps being interested about the states of presence and body’s ability to transform, embody, and transmit images into knowledge, emotions, language and atmospheres. Merging photography, video, sound and text together with objects continues fascinating her creating the larger body of her artistic work.

MIKAEL KUOSMANEN (FIN) is a musician, dancer and interdisciplinary artist currently living in Outokumpu, Finland. He recently graduated from the contemporary dance program of Riveria and has studied music in Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and musicology in Université Paris 8. His main musical instrument is acoustic piano. He has worked as a composer, performer, dancer, musician and piano teacher in Finland, France and Portugal. He is at home in improvisation -based multidisciplinary practices where different ways of being and doing co-exist, interact, support and reach towards each other. In his artistic practice he is currently focusing on investigating the creative processes by observing the oneness of music, dance, body and nature. At the moment of writing this text he is inspired by the water cycle, seeds of fruits, resting, a cat called Väinö, muscles and gravity.

Photo: Kim Saarinen

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