The advanced course for senior dancers by choreographer Virva Talonen goes deeper into personal dance using different expressive and choreographic tools, working with motion born out of spatial and temporal perception. Dance is approached as a choreographic event from the double perspective of composition and watching/being watched with the objective of developing each dancer's capacity for presence, building on their present positions in time and space.

The sessions start with exercises that focus on aligning the body and improving strength and elasticity, continuing to improvisation and composition tasks and finally dancing together. Participating in the advanced course requires prior experience of contemporary dance.

Course languages are Finnish and English.

Mondays 6.-27.5. at 10-12
Instructor: Virva Talonen
Place: Zodiak studio C4
Duration: 4 times / 8 h
Participation fee: 70 euro
Enrolment by 22.4.
Enrolment here.

Virva Talonen is a dancer based in Porvoo. She approaches dance through motion, writing and touch. In her works, she has explored the themes of kinship, age, incompleteness, fear, empathy and home. She graduated as a Master of Arts (Dance) from Theatre Academy Helsinki in 2005, and has worked as a performer and a freelance choreographer focusing on contemporary dance in Finland.

She has previously collaborated with Zodiak – Centre of New Dance, Helsinki Festival, Full Moon Dance Festival and Routa Company through commissioned works. Her choreographies and performances have been staged by several festivals in Finland, and she currently works as the artistic officer of the Katve [blind spot] contemporary dance collective. Her latest dance works include Maps of Fear and Empathy (2017 / Koistinen, Karlberg, Sutinen, Talonen, Vapaavuori), Nothing Personal (2018 / Talonen, Vapaavuori) and All My Names (2018).

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Availability is limited, so sign up in time! Welcome letters and invoices are sent to participants’ email address immediately after registration closes. If you do not find the course letter or the invoice in your email please also check the junk mail folder.

Enrolment is binding. Cancellations must be communicated on the last enrollment day by 6 pm the latest. Please check this course's last day of enrollment from above. With the exception of injuries and illnesses certified in writing by a doctor, cancellations made later than the deadline are subject to full course fee.

Zodiak's courses and workshops can also be paid using pre-paid Liikuntaseteli and Kulttuuriseteli vouchers (Smartum Oy) as well as Virikeseteli vouchers (Edenred Oy). You can pay with the vouchers in the beginning of the first class or you can bring the vouchers to Zodiak office (open weekdays 11 am to 4 pm). It is not possible to pay the course fee with cash.

For further inquiries, please contact Elina Ruoho-Kurola,, p. 050 587 0470 (weekdays from 11 am to 4 pm).