In the course led by Maija Reeta Raumanni, participants surrender to the action of dance that reaches equally inward towards the body and outward towards the space, filling the space and being influenced by it.
Proposal: If dance is time, space, and movement, could the action of dance be experienced as an endless process of shaping time, space, and movement? As a tension-filled, diverse, and interactive field of reality. As dance within oneself. As dance in relation to the surrounding environment. As an eventful and experiential landscape that allows for wonder, not-knowing, and permeability.
During the classes, we observe the flow, spirality, vibrancy, and weight of movement. We dance with our sensing skin and lean into ourselves, others, and the surfaces of the space. We tune in, dance, and recover.
The classes revolve around various guided movement improvisation and research exercises that vary from session to session. The working method allows for each participant to listen to their body and mind and take part however they seem fit. We dance both in silence and with music, individually and as a group. Exercises involving touch can also be performed without physical contact with others.
Maija Reeta Raumanni is a dance artist who enjoys marvelling at the action of dance. She graduated as a choreographer from the School for New Dance Development of the Amsterdam University of the Arts in 2007. Since then, she has worked as a choreographer, dancer, performer, and teacher in different working groups, collectives, and communities in Finland and abroad. Since autumn 2020, Maija has been studying somatics in the SOLU – Somatic Movement Education group facilitated and directed by Satu Palokangas. Her most recent choreographic works include dos, performed at the Runosaari poetry festival held in Naantali in 2021 and created in collaboration with musician Matias Aaltonen, and The End, performed at the Contemporary Art Space Kutomo in Turku in 2017 in collaboration with dance artist Jouni Järvenpää. As a dancer, Maija has performed in the works of Janina Rajakangas, Rea-Liina Brunou, Liisa Pentti, and Maria Stokłosa. Since 2017, Maija has worked as a dance, improvisation, and composition teacher at Arts Academy of Turku University of Applied Sciences. Since 2007, she has been a member of Ehkä-production, an artist-led collective in Turku's independent art field, and involved in the activities of the artist-run Contemporary Art Space Kutomo since its establishment in 2009. Currently, Maija works as a dancer in the piece The Dancer, choreographed by Janina Rajakangas and produced by Entirely Moved | Kaikki Liikkuu ry in collaboration with Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Kiasma Theatre, and CODA Oslo International Dance Festival. The Dancer will premiere at Kiasma Theatre in September 2023.
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Indulge the Movement – Contemporary dance for all courses are mainly instructed by the choreographers and performers of Zodiak’s previous, current and upcoming season’s programme of performances. Indulge the Movement courses are suitable for everyone, and you can participate even without previous dance experience. Indulge the Movement – Contemporary dance for all courses focus on motion and movement, but they also offer an opportunity to explore different dance practices with alternating instructors.