This improvisation based training offers a space to explore the multi-faceted awareness of a dancer/ performer in a holistic, playful manner. A physical warm-up leads us into an exploration of movement qualities, dynamics, interaction and listening through individual research, group work and partnering. The work invites us to inhabit and to challenge our personal, authentic qualities, gradually building towards instant composition, little “stories” in space, which we will participate and observe. All these tasks serve as instruments to reach a certain field where our personal presence, with its own specific language, is engaged and allowed to express itself.
Annukka Hirvonen is a Finnish dancer, performer, choreographer and teacher. Growing up in a family of musicians she through her childhood and youth widely studied music, graduating with a Master of Arts in Music Education in the University of Oulu. Meanwhile, she found dance to be her first instrument and completed her BA in Dance Performance in the department of Dance Theatre & Modern Dance in Fontys Dance Academy, Netherlands and BA in Dance Pegagogy in the University of Applied Sciences in Oulu, Finland. During her time in the Netherlands she worked and studied with a wide range of internationally acknowledged choreographers and teachers. In 2013 her base shifted to Berlin while working as an apprentice for company cie. Toula Limnaios. Afterwards she has been focusing on developing her personal artistic singature, collaborating with a variety of artists of different disciplines, presenting work in several venues in Berlin and festivals all over Europe. She is a co-founder and member of Berlin based groups Company HAA (www.companyhaa.com) and Collective ONE:THIRD, winning the jury price of Festival 100 Grad in Sophiensaele in 2015 with their work "Fate of the Galaxies". As an artist she is fascinated by qualities of presence and listening, deeply inhabited physicality, an awakeful, lived body that reflects and interprets our human story with clarity and transparency, using improvistation and instant composition as tools of creation and exploration. She has been teaching contemporary dance and improvisation since 2008.