Newsletter no. 30 • JUNE 2017

Dearest friends and colleagues from all over the world. Please take a dip and dwell into the world of performing arts from the Nordic Countries active this summer months. Also get the striking news on the appointed Artistic Director at Dansens Hus in Oslo, Norway starting April 2018.
Photo: Ellen De Meulemeester
Samme Raeymaekers (BE) is appointed new artistic director at Dansens Hus, Oslo (NO). Raeymaekers is internationally renowned for his work as artistic programmer in Brugge, not least for his work as director for the international dance festival December Dance.
- I’m extremely honoured and happy with the decision of the board, Samme Raeymaekers says. - Various experiences from my Bruges context, such as the quality and the curational approach of the dance program, the search for synergies in partnerships, audience development and my international perspective and network, will support me in my new assignment as Director of Dance House.

- On tour this summer
photo: Mirka Kleemola
The quadruple bill FORCE with Virpi Pahkinen’s latest work CANTUS ARCTUCUS, that premiered on the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki in May 2017, is available for streaming now. Follow the link and watch the full piece here.

Touring plan for Virpi Pahkinen Dance Company:
25 June 2017 CATALOGUE OF TREES at Teatr Leśny, Gdansk (PL) - in collaboration with Michał Jacaszek and Gdański Archipelag Kultury. 15 July 2017 VARIATION ON AAJEJ AND FOLD at Malmö Sommarscen, Malmö (SE).
18-21 July 2017 MORPHO Z  at ITI, 5th International Dance Symposium Segovia (ES) - solo performance by Virpi Pahkinen. 12 Aug 2017  TRIO at Mälarpaviljongen, Stockholm (SE). 2 Sep 2017 ICHOS at Haninge Kulturhus, Stockholm (SE). 21 Oct 2017 FOLD at Teatro Joaquim Benite, Quinzena de Dança de Almada (PT) - duo performance with Virpi Pahkinen and Pontus Sundset.

Read more about Virpi Pahkinen at
- Collaboration with Hanna Brothers
photo: Nico Bäckström
Sini Länsivuori, dancer and Head of Artistic Development at Tero Saarinen Company, dances in Hanna Brothers Company's new creation TO BE. The work explores the theme of a woman's cycle of life. Hanna Brothers' choreography premiering at Kuopio Dance Festival on 17 June 2017 is produced in collaboration with Tero Saarinen Company.
Tero Saarinen Company welcomes the summer season with performances of MORPHED at St. Petersburg's Open Look International Dance Festival (30 June 2017), Teatro Rossini in Civitanova (4 Aug 2017) and Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall in London (10 Aug 2017). Please get in touch with the company for presenter tickets.

Tero Saarinen Company's annual Summer Intensive for dance professionals will be held on 21–25 Aug 2017. Including an exploration into Saarinen's movement language and repertoire exercises, the Intensive led by Sini Länsivuori and Hanna Pohjola focuses on the biomechanics behind Saarinen's technique.

Find out more about the company at
 - New work premieres in September
photo: Mats Bäcker
The new piece UNDER premieres 14 Sep 2017 at Västmanlands Teater in Västerås (SE). UNDER is the final work in Olle Strandberg’s UNDER Trilogy. UNDERMÄN (2010) and UNDERART (2014) have already toured the world. The performance UNDER embodies the human need to constantly defy gravity and the continuing conflict between man and weather. It is about the wish to tame the untamable. UNDER is a coproduction of  Cirkus Cirkör and Västmanlands Teater.

UNDER on tour: 14-24 Sep 2017 Västmanlands Teater, Västerås (SE), 3-15 Oct 2017 Dansens Hus, Stockholm (SE), 21 Oct 2017 Hallunda Folkets Hus, Stockholm (SE), 26 - 27 Oct 2017  Jatka 78, Prague  (SZ), 7 Nov 2017 Vara Konserthus, Vara (SE),  10-12 Nov 2017 Stora Teatern, Gothenburg (SE), 21 - 23 Nov 2017 Festival les Boréales, Caen (FR), 5-6 Dec 2017 Gävle Teater (SE), 14-16 Dec 2017  Eskilstuna Teater (SE), 26-29 Dec 2017 Västmanlands Teater, Västerås (SE).

LIMITS on tour:  13 - 16 Aug 2017 Southbank Centre, London (UK), 14-17 Sep 2017 Blå Grotte, Fredrikstad (NO), 23 Sep 2017 Olavshallen, Trondheim (NO), 27 Sep 2017 Gjøvik Kultursenter (NO),  30 Sep - 1 Oct 2017 Hamar kulturhus (NO), 17 - 23 Oct 2017 Maison de la Danse, Lyon (FR), 2 - 9 Nov 2017 Uppsala Stadsteater (SE), 8-10 Dec 2017 Théâtre du Crochetan, Monthey (CH).  

Find out more about  Cirkus Cirkör at
-  New piece based on Beethoven sonatas with pianist Per Tengstrand
photo: Chrisander Brun
30 Sep 2017 Andersson Dance (SE) opens the new work ALAE, created for the three performers Javier Perez, Ida "Inxi" Holmlund and Jernej Bizjak and pianist Per Tengstrand. The work is based on Beethoven sonatas and the specific pieces will be chosen during the process of the creation. The work is a continuation of 20 years of ongoing research into the relationship between live music and movement which has defined the work of Andersson Dance. For full credits please read here. Co-production with Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg.

ALAE tour in Sweden 2017: 30 sept 2017 Växjö konserthus, 3 Oct 2017 Spira, Jönköping, 5-6 Oct 2017 Örebro Konserthus, 7 Oct 2017 Konserthusteatern, Karlskrona, 10 Oct 2017 Västerås Konserthus, 12 Oct 2017 Kungsbacka Teater, 13 Oct 2017 Stora Teatern, Göteborg, 15 -16 Oct 2017 Danscentrum, Stockholm, 18 Oct 2017 NorrlandsOperan, Umeå, 20 Oct 2017 Dieselverkstaden, Stockholm.

Andersson Dance  continues the in-depth collaboration with Scottish Ensemble (UK) as the GOLDBERG VARIATIONS - TERNARY PATTERNS FOR INSOMNIA journey continues during fall 2017 and spring 2018. 27-28 Oct 2017 Andersson Dance and Scottish Ensemble perform two nights at Shanghai Concert Hall in China. 26-28 April 2018 they are invited to perform four shows at The Kennedy Center in Washington, USA and three shows at The Barbican in London 5-7 June 2018. More information here

Read more about Andersson Dance at
- Touring an outdoor performance
photo: Lia Jacobi
Norrdans tours Sweden with the outdoor performance SJU GÅNGER SJU this summer, visiting Haparanda, Pajala, Umeå, Härnösand, Kramfors, Sollefteå, Skellefteå, Vännäs, Sundsvall, Bollnäs, Stockholm, Malmö and Lund. Read more about the tour dates here. The last tour of the performance took place in the summer of 2014 and it reached over 6,000 people. The seven choreographies are based on the book Sju bröder by the Finnish national author Aleksis Kivi. The seven internationally recognized choreographers Lidia Wos, Roy Assaf, Peter Jaško, Katrín Hall, Lenka Vagnerová, Joseph Sturdy, Jarek Cemerek got seven days to create seven minutes of dance each. Norrdans ambition is to offer dance experiences to everyone regardless of the place of residence or cultural habits. All that's needed is a big enough space and a bit of luck with the weather!

 Read more about Norrdans at
 - Performing at summer festivals in the Nordic countries
photo:Petra Hellberg
Welcome to join Claire Parsons Co. at festivals in the Nordic countries this summer!
MARMALADE: Outdoor performances at Karens Minde Culture House (DK) 27 June 2017. GRASS: Outdoor performances at Sommarscen Malmö (SE) 20-22 June 2017. AND THEN: Hippalot Arts Festival for Children in Hämeenlinna (FI) 6 Aug 2017, Gothenburg Culture Festival (SE) 16 Aug 2017 and Stockholm Culture Festival (SE) 19 Aug 2017.

Read more about Claire Parsons Co. at
 - Working with Russian street children
photo Laura Oja
Arja Tiili Dance Company (FI) makes performances mixing contemporary dance, breakdance, rapping, beat boxing, video animation and graffiti art. The company provides anti-bullying workshops to schools and communities. Workshops are led by well known artists with street credibility.
BREAK THE FIGHT! Breakdance and graffiti workshops to Russian street children will be held 7-10 Sep 2017 in St. Petersburg at social circus theater Upsala Zirk. BREAK THE FIGHT! touring and modelling project will start in August 2017 with notable support from Finnish Cultural Foundation.BREAK THE FIGHT - IN LOVE! duo about love will be performed at Factory Dances – Festival in Hämeenlinna (FI) on 8 Aug 2017.

Read more about Arja Tiili Dance Company at
 - Explores the violence of language in a new work
photo Chrisander Brun
In the new work PROLOGUE Björn Säfsten and Sophie Augot explore the violence of language. The body and the mind and its connected actions are here laid bare. The focus is on creating identified representations and then engaging them in a role-play, juggling both their construction and their possible meaning. Bringing images to life that visually problematize our notion of interpretation. More info at Co-production with NorrlandsOperan. PROLOGUE is presented at Dansens Hus, Stockholm (SE)5, 6 oktober 2017.

Read more about Björn Säfsten at
 - Presenting a Chinese version of BABY SPACE
The new version of BABY SPACE, choreographed installation for babies by Dalija Acin Thelander will be produced by The artground - a curious place to be, Singapore and will be premiered on 7 July 2017. The project is created in collaboration with composer and dancers from Singapore and it will remain in Singapore for continuous encounters with its audience.
Interlacing contemporary dance, music and visual arts within an immersive, installation based environment, BABY SPACE invites its audience to a sensorially saturated experience and proposes an exceptional encounter with art. It has been produced so far in China, Japan, Denmark, Poland, Serbia and the upcoming one in planed for Nuuk Nordisk Kulturfestival 2017, Greenland.

Read more about Dalija Acin Thelander at
 - Performing at Tanz im August
Sanna Kekäläinen's work HAFED COLLAGE OF DIFFERENCES AND FRAGILITY will be presented at Tanz im August-festival in Berlin 8 Aug-2 Sep 2017.

This touching and rigorous work will be seen three times at Sophiensaele Festsaal. With Kekäläinen on stage is performer Maija Karhunen, lighting design is by Anniina Veijalainen. The work was premiered at Physical Art Theatre, Helsinki, in October 2016.

Sanna Kekäläinen is known for her vast body of work, that has brought on stage a stubborn, independent, innocent in her nakedness, detached from the normative gender, loud, quirky and peculiar female character. 

Read more about K&C Kekäläinen & Company at

photo:  Lilja Lehmuskallio
- FROZEN SONGS in the making
photo: Yaniv Cohen
After a dynamic residency at La Briqueterie, Paris (FR), Ina Christel Johannessen and team continues working on the production of FROZEN SONGS in Norway. The ensemble will during June work at Dansens Hus, Oslo to test and assemble the distinctive parts from a long and fruitful research process. 
After the summer the company goes to Hålogaland Teater/The Arctic Theatre, Tromsø (NO) for the final process of FROZEN SONGS before the world premiere on 7 Sep 2017 - and also showing 8-16 Sep 2017.
After eight presentations in Tromsø, the production is presented at the esteemed Coda Oslo International Dance Festival, 25-26 Oct 2017. And the tour continues during 2018 /2019 ... 
FROZEN SONGS is produced by Hålogaland Teater(NO) and Zero Visibility Corp (NO), Ibsen International, Beijing (CHN). Co-producers are Dansens Hus, Oslo, (NO), La Briqueterie, Paris (FR) and Arts Printing House, Vilnius (LT).  Full credits here.

Read more about zero visibility corp. at
 - Working on a new piece from France to Norway
photo: Knut Bry
Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt has spent some time at studio SEPT CENT QUATRE VINGT TROIS in Nantes (FR), working on their upcoming performance NOTES ON FRAILTY (working title). In this piece Ingun Bjørnsgaard investigates the complexities of womanliness. With literary references  to feminist philosophy, Ingun Bjørnsgaard's muses move betweeen the sublime and the habitual in a choreographic exploration of the fine line between human beauty and failure. At the end of the 2-weeks residency the four dancers Catharina Vehre Gresslien, Marianne Haugli, Guro Schia and Ida Wigdel, and musician Christian Wallumrød performed a work-in-progress open to the public. NOTES ON FRAILTY will premiere on 19 Oct 2017 as a part of the Coda International Dance Festival at Bærum Kulturhus Oslo (NO).

 Read more about Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt at
 - A strive for a collective company identity
photo: Weld Company
PHOENIX is a work created by Rebecka Stillman for Weld Company (SE), which had its first showings in April 2016 at the main stage of Dansens Hus in Stockholm (SE). PHOENIX is a suggestion that does not aim at unity in identity. Instead it is a strive for a collective company identity that is shaped by diverse activities and focuses, constantly shifting and constantly reinventing itself, from the inside out as well as from the outside
in. For full credits read here. Rebecka Stillman has for the past fifteen years engaged in different choreographic projects. Sometimes, as the initiator, sometimes as collaborator and sometimes as a dancer. She works mainly in Europe, with Stockholm as a base. PHOENIX is presented at Weld, Stockholm (SE) 10-25 Oct 2017.
Read more about WELD COMPANY at

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