This weekend, Hurja Piruetti's dancers participated in the Estradi competition in Helsinki.

 

Many groups took home prizes from the competition:

Duo/trio:

1. place: It's About Us - Aina Heikkinen & Noel Knaapinen (koreo: Sathis Hettithanthri)

Small groups:

Diplom: Diamonds Stories (koreo: Janna Westerlund)

2. place: Ruusut (koreografia oma, ohjaus Paula Viitanen)

Solo:

1. place: Focus - Elvira (koreo: Sathis Hettithanthri)

 

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Congratulations to all groups and dancers!

This weekend, Hurja Piruetti's dancers participated in the Pink Dance Stars competition in Helsinki.

 

Many groups took home prizes from the competition:

Duo / trio, juniors:

1st place: It's About Us - Aina Heikkinen & Noel Knaapinen (choreo: Sathis Hettithanthri)

Small groups, Adults 1:

2nd place: Conduct - Street kisa crew (choreo: Sathis Hettithanthri)

3rd place: Hetkessä - Monday's contemporary dance (koreo: Katja Köngäs)

Large groups, juniors:

Diploma: Chained to the ryhthm - Commercial III (koreo: Shanti Grönholm)

Large groups, Adults 1:

1st place: Dad, where are you? - Commercial III (koreo: Shanti Grönholm)

 

Congratulations to all groups and dancers!

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💪Extension and body care (Thurs 11: 00-12: 00)
🌍 Afrobeat (Fri 17: 00-18: 30)
👠Ladies 2.0 (Thurs 20: 00-21: 00)
🌱Global Vibes / DHR (Thurs 18: 00-19: 00)
💃Dance training class (Tue 11: 30-12: 30)

🔥Dance Hall Reggae (Fri 18: 00-19: 00)

Hurja Piruetti Presents - Because we cannot do otherwise

This is for all of those who share their time with the birds owning the beauty of their movement -forever. A poetical digital story by Tina Bikic Filmed, Written, Narrated, Edited by Tina Bikic Hurja Piruetti’s dancing youth worked together with the digital storyteller Tina Bikic to create a work that brings together the local milieu, and Finnish design and architecture. This work is part of Hurja Piruetti’s Sustainable development project, which began in November 2021 and continues throughout the year 2022. The location for the video shoot was Christine and Göran Schildt’s home in Ekenäs – the last private home Alvar Aalto designed. The interior design of the home is made up of Aalto’s furniture along with objects representing Mediterranean cultures. Through both improvisation and set movement, the youth got to meet classics of Finnish design and architecture. Dialogue, communication, wondering, negotiation, sensing, listening, feeling and playing in/within/with different spaces, levels and times. Dancing through. Because we cannot do otherwise.

  

 

Dancers: Marfa Rybakova, Cesar Westerholm & Lumi Lahtinen

Choreography: Sathis Hettitanthri, Katja Köngäs

Costume Design, Make-up, Hair: Tanja Stenberg

Music 1 Le Verrou de Lordat by Circus Marcus Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License https://freemusicarchive.org/music/CIRCUSMARCUS

Music 2 Hidden Orchestra – East London Street (Drums Only Version) Written and produced by Joe Acheson Published by Full Thought Publishing (P) 2017

Used with kind permission from Tru Thoughts Records Ltd. https://tru-thoughts.co.uk/

Special Thanks to Villa Skeppet

Hi! My name is Reettaleena Rauhala, I am currently facilitating the CREATE project at Hurja Piruetti. This project is part of my Master’s dissertation research, in which I am dreaming up an example of what holistic dance education could be.

In CREATE, I work together with five dancers, exploring ways to tap into their own creative energy. From my perspective as the teacher, this kind of working calls for space holding, which to me means building containers within which it is safe for the participants to wander, get lost, and find new. In practice, these containers are, for example, suggestions for starting points from which we together begin an exploration towards the unknown.

This way of working feels both liberating and challenging for me. It is wonderful to let go of the need to be the teacher who holds all the answers, and instead make space for the wisdom and knowledge that exists in each of us. To me it means acknowledging that we are all interconnected, feeling human beings, who have something valuable to share. At the same time, this is precisely the challenge and the research question: how to hold space for the diverse experience and knowledge that is present in class?

I hope that taking part in this project will give the participants a stronger sense of agency: that they can have an impact in artistic processes, that they are artists themselves and capable of creating wonderful things. I also hope that through this way of working, the participants learn to better listen to their embodied experience, and this way find their way home, into the body.

What a Monday! The week started with a Hurja speed right from the morning. Grateful! A warm thank you to the Karjaa-Pohja Savings Bank Foundation for the grant. Thank you for organizing the event Marina. Thank you to the dancers from the wonderful duo performance, Aina & Noel. Thank you to Lilla Hembageriet for the help.


From this, it is good to continue the hurja journey towards new projects.