Finnish-Russian Dance Collaboration Won’t Slow Down during the Summer

June 30, 2015

Russian contemporary dance scene is stimulated by international artists during the summer. International contemporary dance festival OPEN LOOK represents contemporary dance from Russia and abroad. Dance Platform ZIL brings together young dance artist from Moscow and Finland to represent their latest works and advance future joint projects.



OPEN LOOK is taking place right now, between June 30 and July 9, and it offers diverse setting of international and Russian contemporary dance. Festival’s World Look programme represents artists from all over the world: from Nordic countries and Europe, and further away from South Corea, Japan, Argentina and Canada. The latest work of Finnish choreographer Johanna Nuutinen, Hatched, was seen at the festival on July 4.


Russian Look programme offers possibility to introduce oneself to the Russian contemporary dance and theatre on July 6–8.


”In three days you can see twelve works from six cities all over Russia. This is a great opportunity for Russian performing artists and also for international presenters and producers”, says the coordinator of Finnish-Russian dance exchange programme Anastasia Trizna from Dance Info Finland.


The educational programme of the festival includes workshops, discussions and dance laboratories, where participants can take part in the dance pieces that are part of the festival programme.


Young Dance Artists from Moscow and Finland Meet at ZIL Dance Platform.


ZIL Cultural Centre and Dance Info Finland bring together young talented dance artists from Finland and Moscow. Dance artists meet at Dance Platform ZIL organized in Moscow on July 13–18. At the platform the artists can represent their latest works and get inspired by each other’s ideas. There will also be time to work together for future joint projects.


”We wanted to bring young talented dance professionals from Finland and Russia together and offer them possibility to network and develope future collaboration projects”, says Trizna.

Seven Finnish dance artists participate in ZIL Dance Platform: Laura Vesterinen and Vera Tegelman with the work Harmony, Marc Vilanova and Nella Turkki with the work Anhel, Saku Koistinen with the work On Equilibrium and Anni Puuperä and Satu Rinnetmäki with the work Trash Land.

Russian-Finnish Dance Programme is carried out by Dance Info Finland and the Embassy of Finland in Moscow. The aim of the project is to accelerate the collaboration between contemporary dance groups, organizations and dance professionals in Russia and Finland.



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