The SPARKS Programme
SPARKS is an artistic development project of Dance House Helsinki, which will be carried out in 2020–2023. The project will produce three premieres for both the Erkko Hall that seats 700 people and the Pannu Hall that seats 235 people. SPARKS gives Finnish dance artists a significant opportunity to develop their own work and create new productions for the big stages. SPARKS is funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
The project provides artists with the necessary resources during the creation process. The process consists of three phases: research, artist residency and production. The funding covers workgroup fees, residency time in theatre and rehearsal studio, and the possibility to consult dramaturgs, producers and choreographers throughout the process.
The first SPARKS productions will take place at Tanssin talo in autumn 2022.
The first SPARKS premieres were premiered in the Autumn 2022 and this year will bring to stage more works.
Johanna Nuutinen's visceral and hypnotic SKIN HUNGER explores the grounding force of tactile human experience – the sense of touch. On the contrary Mikko Hyvönen's Kosmos – Reunion deepens into the relationships between a human and cosmos.
The working groups for the works selected for the Erkko Hall consist of artists who have a strong interest in large-scale stage productions and a desire to develop their own thinking and audience relationship on the big stage.
The artists and teams creating new productions for the Pannuhalli hall are: Outi Markkula and the working group, Mikko Hyvönen and the working group, Marika Peura, Kaisa Nieminen and the working group. The productions will be seen in Tanssin talo’s programme in 2022–23.
The productions at Pannuhalli focus on enabling the work of artists in the early stages of their careers.