Zodiak – Centre for New Dance is the only producer and venue focusing solely on contemporary dance in Helsinki. Zodiak follows the latest trends in the field of contemporary dance and brings the most fascinating artists and emerging ideas to a stage near you. Zodiak's courses and workshops are your door to a community where everyone is welcomed just as they are.
Zodiak is the foremost producer and venue of contemporary dance and choreography in Finland. Zodiak's facilities are located at the Cable Factory in the district of Ruoholahti in Helsinki.
Zodiak's program of performances is artistically curated and primarily based on an open call. Zodiak’s production activities are based on a changing line-up of artists in different productions, financial co-production support and an extensive offering of premieres. We pride ourselves in collaboration.
Zodiak also arranges events. In addition to the international Side Step Festival Zodiak arranges the annual Workshop Festival for dance professionals in collaboration with Dance House Helsinki and Tanssille ry.
Zodiak is also a pioneer of outreach work in dance in Finland. Our audience work initiatives are based on a foundation formed by our own productions, our community of artists and our audiences. Zodiak’s outreach activities are divided into activities linked to individual productions, courses and workshops, and wider community art projects.
Zodiak coproduction partnerships enables annually 300–400 artistic tasks for the freelance dance sector in Finland. Zodiak develops the structures of contemporary dance by making cultural-political statements. We also support the work of dance professionals by offering training, mentoring and residence opportunities.
The background organisation of Zodiak — Centre of New Dance is non-profit association Zodiak Presents. Zodiak is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the City of Helsinki.