Dance degree projects
The live-streamed presentation of the dance degree projects took place here 20-22 January 2021.
Now you can see them all on our streaming channel Uniarts Play.
The degree project is a course during the bachelor students last year of education. This is an independent work for ten weeks, where the aim is to develop the students understanding of experimental research processes in art.
It starts out with choosing a question to address in the project. Through practice and research in the studio, reading, writing and supervision, the students produce a written text and a practical performative work.
Presentations on Uniarts Play
10.00-10.20 Daphne Giannikopoulou: Make Minuscule Monsters
See Daphne's degree project on Uniarts Play!
Welcome folks of all kinds, to the Monster Show! In front of your very eyes, we will morph into creatures not quite human, we will dance, and we will cheer for each other. This is a trip down the rabbit hole, an amplification and celebration of the bizzare!
Choreography: Daphne Giannikopoulou
Performers and inspiration-makers: Sonja Aaltonen, Cilia Herrmann, Tone Johannessen, Mariê Mazer, Taika Rautiainen and Jane Sievänen.
10.35-10.55 Taika Rautiainen: Wrinkles & Fairytales presents: Non-Sensesceneries
Se Taika's degree project on Uniarts Play!
It is like a sweetshop - colourful surprises, fast ideas, pale characters and emerging encounters here and there and everywhere. The work dives into the space between our experiences and expectations, the doing and the effect by trying to find something tingling, where everything already exists.
Composition: Taika Rautiainen
Performers: Josefina Pulkkinen, Wilma Seppälä and Taika Rautiainen
13.30-13.50 Wilma Seppälä: Act Four: Scene of Sentimentality
See Wilma's degree project on Uniarts Play!
Scene of Sentimentality is a melodramatic movement spectacle. Turning its back to minimalism, the choreography works on drama and theatricality in relation to physicality and welcomes over the top emotions and pompous aesthetics to take the centre stage.
Choreography: Wilma Seppälä
Dancers: Taika Rautiainen, Tone Johannessen, Mariê Mazer and Wilma Maunula
14.05-14.25 Cilia Herrmann: LET US BE THE SECOND BODY
See Cilia's degree project on Uniarts Play!
I DO BELIEVE THAT WE ARE ALREADY READY FOR CHANGE.
I DON’T BELIEVE THAT CHANGE IS INTRINSICALLY GOOD.
I DO BELIEVE THAT WE MUST BE THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE.
I DON’T BELIEVE THAT WE KNOW WHITCH CHANGE IT IS THAT WE WANT TO SEE.
I DO BELIEVE THAT REALIZING YOUR INTERDENPENDENCIES IS A WAY TO FIGURE THAT OUT.
Composition: Cilia Herrmann
10.00-10.20 Sonja Karoliina Aaltonen: LOOPAR
See Sonja Karoliina's degree project on Uniarts Play!
LOOPAR observes loops from micro to macro layers in relation to subject formation and world making
LOOPAR seeks opportunities for dancing together through loops, rhythms, experiences, sounds, sensations and constant change, while been affected by multiple forces
LOOPAR challenges the question of – what do we perceive and experience as such and why?
Composition: Sonja Karoliina Aaltonen
Performers: Wilma Maunula, Mariê Mazer, Cilia Herrmann, Sigrid Sjöholm
Sound designers: Ellinor Blixt, Fabian Grytt, Andreas Huumonen, Johan Stohne
Supervisors: Josefine Wikström, Zoë Poluch, Pavle Heidler
10.35-10.55 Natalia Drozd: Tailbone-ing movement practice
See Natalia's degree project on Uniarts Play!
Performative-participatory practice presentation. In my degree project, I've been researching tailbone movement and its connections in the dancing body. I'd like to invite all audience members to participate in a guided tailbone-ing movement practice by Natalia Drozd.
Composition: Natalia Drozd
Extra supervisor: Susannah Rickman
Advisor: Karin Munters Jameson
13.30-13.50 Tone Johannessen: ERGO
See Tone's degree project on Uniarts Play!
You will meet two friends. They are about to embark upon a journey together. They will be given instructions on how to play the game. A game that might be a lie to catch your attention. You will meet girls and boys, a baby, a pianist, two wizards and many others through the friends. Happy observing!
Choreographer: Tone Johannessen
Performers: Daphne Giannikopoulou and Mariê Mazer
The material has been developed in collaboration with the performers.
14.05-14.25 Heta Asikainen: That Time I Swam in a Storage Room
See Heta's degree project on Uniarts Play!
Four dreamers welcome the spectator to attend an ephemeral moment filled with dream imagery. That Time I Swam in a Storage Room is an attempt to let go of our relentless need for immediate sense making, and to open up to the ramblings of our unconscious minds.
Choreographer: Heta Asikainen
Performers: Ane Carlsen, Anton Hedevang, Heta Asikainen, Jane Sievänen
10.00-10.20 Sigrid Sjöholm: -practical, efficient, necessary-
See Sigrid's degree project on Uniarts Play!
A necessary movement is a practical movement that is in relation to survival and sprung out of urgency.
It is a movement that is always in relation to something else, and therefore is a result of, and results in, something.
Necessary moving is moving out of self-defence and preservation rather than moving out of an aspired aesthetic, sensation or desire to express or perform.
How can that be manifested on a stage in a dance performance?
Choreographer: Sigrid Sjöholm
Featuring: Cornelia Andersson/Wilma Seppälä/Sigrid Sjöholm.
10.35-10.55 Wilma Maunula: DARK BLISS
See Wilma's degree project at Uniarts Play!
rather using your imagination than planning / wandering walks / letting experience be larger than knowledge / choosing reality rather than the plan / not against interpretation, against confinement / respecting the essential mystery of a work of art / opening up an exchange that needs never to end
Performer and maker - Wilma Maunula
Sound designer - Olli Lautiola
13.30-13.50 Jane Sievänen: Living Things Growing Through
We're in a forest moulded into dead things imagined alive. We're surrounding ourselves with non-living, when the thing we're really after, and that sustains us, is a living and breathing world.
This process started with freedom and ended in resistance. Now it's a practice only to be done together.
14.05- 14.25 Mariê Mazer: Rebola, senta, joga, quica
See Marie's degree project on Uniarts Play!
Despite the amount of violence, they had to put up with, Afro-Brazilian women built an entire dancing country by shaking their asses in magnificent and divine ways. They have cultivated, lapidated and passed on the pleasure and the power of bending over, putting your hands on your naked knees and making the fat on your ass bounce to the music.
Brazilian funk and ass-shaking come from a war zone, but anyway mean party, Black pride and community.
Composition and performer: Mariê Mazer
Credits for quote: Taísa Machado
Credits in general
Stage technic: Lumination of Sweden
Course director: Josefine Wikström
Head of program: Zoë Poluch
Bachelor Degree students in Dance performance