Art and Love
by Maija Hirvanen
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.
In her choreographic lecture performance Art and Love, Maija Hirvanen moves with micro level observations and big questions at the same time. How to do and perform love? What is the part of love in art?
As in her previous work, Hirvanen thinks about how we as humans should not lose our bodily relation to the rituals and interfaces through which connections to others are being created.
Art and Love invites what is less obvious within the frameworks of these massive and eternal themes. Evoking both thoughts and feelings, Hirvanen lays out the millions of years old basis of love and weaves them together with the present moment. Speech and physical acts run in parallel in the dramaturgy of the performance.
Performance and choreography: Maija Hirvanen
Performer in dialogue in the process: Hannah Ouramo
Lecture assistant on stage: Jenni-Elina von Bagh
Lighting design: Heikki Paasonen
Sound design: Markus Lindén
Residency support: Santarcangelo Festival
Production: Zodiak – Center for New Love, Maija Hirvanen
Photo: Kristiina Männikkö
Supported by The Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Maija Hirvanen is a choreographer and performance maker based in Helsinki. Her work has been presented at festivals and venues in Finland and internationally, for instance at Zodiak, Kiasma, Baltic Circle Festival, Helsinki Festival and Moving in November Festival in Helsinki, Tanz im August/Berlin, ImpulsTanz/Vienna, Sadler’s Wells/ London, SPRING Festival/Utrecht, Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis and Dansens Hus/Stockholm. She has also worked in numerous international projects and collaborations in different parts of the world as an invited artist. In addition to her dance studies, Hirvanen holds a MA degree in Visual Culture (Aalto University) and a BA in Interdisciplinary Performing Arts (Dartington College of Arts/Performance Writing&Turku Art Academy). She was the in-house choreographer at Zodiak – Center for New Dance from 2013–15. The Arts Promotion Centre Finland has admitted Hirvanen a 5-year artist grant for 2019–2023.