Intensive with Hugh Stanier
I am dancer, dance-teacher, performance-artist and bodyworker made in Finland, but currently based in Berlin, India, and nomadic temporary moments in time and space. From the formal side of my life I have studied in Finland – in Theatre Academy of Finland (TEAK) and Metropolia AMK, graduated from TEAK 2008 as dance- and theatre-teacher (MA). Though – I guess my dearest high-school and university in dance and contact-improvisation has been finnish contact community, where I have learned so much, by sharing the dance and rolling point with the other spiralling beautiful finns…About 15 years I have been teaching contact and dance all around the world, on many internationally acknowledged festivals and retreats, and especially recent years more focused on organising my own workshops, events and festivals. I am one of the organisers of Goa Contact Festival since 8 years, and that has become big part of my life – to live in India, to create platforms and possibilities for cultural exchange, dance and learning – throughout the whole season in Arambol, as I have spent my last 13 winters in India.
Contact Improvisation has been in my life 26 years, so – many kind of chapters I have gone through. More and more I look for lightness and grace in my dance – in the sense of organic, fluid, effortless and integrated movement. I love to find ease and smoothness in my dance, like water would do. Breath plays as well big part in my dancing, brings me naturally into moments of momentum, falling, flying, suspension, swinging, accelerating and bouncing. Other precious topic for me is the spine, never ending story with our head & tail, and the whole dialogue between them. Life-energy flowing through our spiralling, reaching, twisting spines – integrated and synchronised with our breath –
My dance is drawing inspirations from aikido and capoeira – loving all these spirals up & down, and deep understanding about the role of the center in our movement. Developmental movement patterns and flying low for all the lovely floor rolling-sliding-gliding-fun. Bodywork & massage for softening, surrendering and meeting. Listening our whispering fascias. Spicing up the soup with meditation and authentic movement, to look from inside out – to connect with our emotions, intuition and felt sensations.
For me dance is always combination of technique and intuition. Form and freedom. Being and doing. I try to find ways to explore and teach technique by understanding the underlying principles of movement, so that we can stay connected to our dance and expression, and learn in the spirit of exploration. Where our curiosity can stay alive, and we can always find new details on the way.