Love is an eroded, worn out, misused, contaminated word.
Love is the most important word of all.
Love is the more difficult and more incorrect sibling of empathy.
Love is a verb.

Art and Love is Maija Hirvanen’s choreographic lecture performance. The material of the work is love that comes in many forms. How to do and perform love? What is the part of love in art?

Art and Love takes a look at shared and learned conceptions of love and harnesses them into something that quickens the heart. Nature fantasies, the dark side of romantic love, love as an object, love of the unknown and love of art appear in highly charged juxtapositions inside the performance.

Art and Love does not repeat syrupy and stereotypical images of love, but invites the viewer to go through one’s own areas and limits of love. Speech and physical acts run in parallel in the dramaturgy of the performance.

The work will be performed in English on Tuesday, Oct 3 and Wednesday, Oct 4.


Performance and choreography Maija Hirvanen
Performer in dialogue in the process Hannah Ouramo
Lecture assistant on stage Hanna Ahti
Lighting design Heikki Paasonen
Sound design Markus Lindén
Residency support Santarcangelo Festival
Production Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Maija Hirvanen
Photo Kristiina Männikkö

Supported by The Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Pre-talk on Sept 29 at 18 15–18:45, Hima & Sali / Cable Factory
Post-performance discussion on Sept 30.

Duration 75 min

Tickets 25/18/15 €