I consider myself as a floating artist. My work moves across, along and between different borders while constantly trying to soften and shape them. My earliest contact with dance was when I was born. I watched myself floating with dance forms rooted in the ancient movement traditions of Middle East and North Africa. My curiosity (maybe the archaeologist in me) , though, suggested that I need to travel back in time and discover the earliest memories I have of movement and dance. While I begun this somatic journey and finished my degree in contemporary dance I realized that this journey is not possible without understanding the inevitable connection it has with archaeology. This rhizomatic chaos begun to make some sense. Therefore. My artistic work operates in multicultural environments, within frameworks of contemporary art and archaeology.
2017- Master of Arts (archaeology, art research, heritage studies) / University of Helsinki 2015-2017 Vocational degree in Contemporary Dance / Outokumpu Dance Education 2010-2014 Bachelor of Arts (archaeology, anthropology) / University of Helsinki
2019 MUOVIMANNER (PLASTIC CONTINENT) dance performance for children together with dance artist Nelli Ojapalo. The aim of this project is to build an ambitious contemporary dance piece from plastic materials and allow the interpretation of the material existence of plastic associate freely in the young spectators. (supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland)
2018 HÄIVÄHDYS (HUE) art-archaeological project with cinematographer Pieter-Jan Van Damme. Focus on archaeologies of the II World War and German military presence in Lapland as well as on the story of dance group Puolanne (Elsa) . (supported by Arts Promotion Centre Lapland)
TUAU Art project with musician and sound designer Marouf Majidi. The objective of this project is to study heritage of forced migration. The project will transfer the materiality of prisons where immigrants who are being deported back to Afghanistan and Iraq are waiting for their last flights. We will build a space-sound installation that discusses the reality behind these prison walls and use clothes, artifacts and objects left behind by the deported ones as performers. (supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland)
VIIMEISET. (THE LAST ONES) Community art project with dance artist Ida Teeri. The project included workshops were participants were encouraged to approach physically themes such as, future, utopia, dystopia. The outcome of the workshops was translated to a set choreographic frame that was performed in a skateboard hall. (supported by City of Vantaa)
Palate 12-15ml Palate 12-15ml was my choreographic experiment that worked mostly with composition. The aim was to intensify movement as a speculative force that opens up various possibilities and nuances within a set choreographic structure. Palate 12-15ml used descriptions of movement, body and spatiality by Iris Marion Young in ''Throwing Like A Girl (1980): A Phenomenology of Feminine Body Comportment, Motility and Spatiality'' as a framework for the improvised and set movement material. (own funding and devoted work from dancers Nelli Ojapalo, Wilma Seppälä, Rianna Rintamäki, Ella Posti, Maiju Tiuraniemi)
2017 FEMINA CATALOGUE Art project with Nelli Ojapalo and Wilma Seppälä. The piece explored various contradictions and representations of female performers. The method was to use abstract humor and fragmentary dramaturgy. (Supported with Residency by Central Finland regional dance center)
SYNTHETIC SPORE A solo work where I studied a body that is being dropped on a synthetic surface. How does this new alien host feel and how does it change the materiality of movement? SYNTHETIC SPORE researches being as a part of a synthetic reality where the body both breathes with and within its synthetic host.
2015-2017 Rajamailla Company A collective work with musicians Marouf Majidi, Esko Grundström, Emmi Kuittinen, Amanda Kauranne and dancer Johannes Purovaara. The project explored lament traditions form Karelia and Middle East as well as the bodily experiences felt during lament rituals. (supported by Kalevala Korun Kulttuurisäätiö and Finnish Cultural Foundation)
Other important activity 2018 Dancer at Runocroquis työpaja Taidehalli Speaker at Arkeologian iltapäivä Tiedekulma 14.12 ''Art/Archaeological research: case of ww2 German military occupation sites in the Finnish Lapland Teacher at 'Treenille ry Tampere Participant at Object Matters / Unruly Heritage seminar Tromso/Norway Dancer at Bizarre Bazaar by clarinetist Kari Kriikku (Lappeenranta, Uusikaupunki, Oulu, Raahe) 2017 Speaker at Arkeologian iltapäivä 'Liike empaattisena menetelmänä'' with Marko Marila Speaker at The Eight Baltic Archaeological Seminar ''Sensing within: Somatic practice as archaeological analogy'' Workshop Teacher at Sibelius Academy Glomas Participant at Arts in Fragile Areas conference Sousse/Tunis Dancer at Sommelo Music Festival Workshop Teacher at Kaustinen Music Festival 2016 Workshops Teacher at Zodiak - Intercultural Weekend contact for more information