Snedronningen – Kenneth Greve and the Finnish National Ballet are visiting

9.1.2017 by

With the arrival of some short-lived but beautiful snow during the past few days, it feels more than fitting that Kenneth Greve and the Finnish National Ballet are soon coming to Copenhagen with Snedronningen, also known as the Snow Queen or Lumikuningatar. The ballet will be in town for four shows from the 27th to the 29th of January 2017 at the Royal Danish Ballet.


Photo: Mirka Kleemola

The family friendly ballet, based on H. C. Andersen’s fairytale from 1845, follows the adventures of Kai and Kerttu, two children in Helsinki at the turn of the 19th century. When a mirror bought by Kerttu’s grandmother in Lapland turns out to be the Snow Queen’s magic mirror, the two children find themselves on an adventure that will forever change them. The Snow Queen tries to get back her stolen mirror by sending an ugly troll and his goblins after it but they are in such a hurry that they manage to break it. Pieces of it scatter, one of which falls into the eye of sleeping Kai changing the way he sees the world. Because of this, Kai is kidnapped and forced to try to glue the pieces of the mirror back together. In order to find Kai, Kerttu embarks on a long journey, taking her to the most remote places on earth. Through the people she meets, she discovers that they all have one thing in common; their fear of the Snow Queen. Together they decide to free Kai, but they need help from all the children watching!

Snedronningen is a story about love, fortitude and compassion in a whirlwind of magic and bravery.

Dates and times:
27.1: 19:30
28.1: 15:00 & 19:30
29.1: 12:00

There are still a few tickets available for all four shows, but be quick! Tickets can be found here.


Photo: Mirka Kleemola

Choreography  –  Kenneth Greve
Music  –  Tuomas Kantelinen
Sets  –  Erika Turunen & Mikki Kunttu
Costumes  –  Erika Turunen
Lighting Design  –  Mikki Kunttu
Makeup Design  –  Pekka Helynen
Dramaturgical Advisor  –  Raija-Sinikka Rantala
Projections  –  Jan Yrlund & Mikko Linnavuori
Sound Design  –  Petri Peltovako
Principal Ballet Mistress  –  Ingrid Němečková
Ballet Masters  –  Anastasia Dunets, Francis Guardia, Joseph Kerwin, Kimmo Sandell & Tuuli Tuominen-Sandell
Children’s Instructor  –  Satu Soldan

ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform is coming to Copenhagen

28.11.2016 by
Tero Saarinen Company, Morphed.

Tero Saarinen Company, Morphed. Photo: ICE HOT 2016

Ready yourself for a week dedicated to dance! ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform is a biennale platform and showcase festival for Nordic dancers and dance companies. Taking place every second year, the festival location has shifted between the Nordic capitals and has now made it to Copenhagen. For five days, between November 30th and December 4th, the festival will present more than thirty new, high quality and diverse performances by professional dancers from both established Nordic groups as well as newcomers. A jury, consisting of members from all Nordic countries, has chosen all performances for the program.

Apart from onstage performances the festival offers several offstage and site specific presentations. The program is specifically targeted at international dance professionals, artistic directors and bookers at festivals and theaters, but some of the performances are also open to local audiences. In addition to the artistic program, board discussions, workshops and networking forums will be organized for dance professionals from around the world. This year’s program features performances by seven dance groups from Finland.


Onstage performances from Finland

Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth: Thumbelina, Thursday December 1st at 3pm, Dansehallerne (for children)

Pirinen, Hindi, Donovan, Walsh, Saivosalmi: Meadow, meadow, meadow, Thursday December 1st at 5pm, Dansekapellet

Carl Knif Company: RED, Friday December 2nd at 1pm, Dansehallerne

Milla Koistinen: A Cloud of Milk, Saturday December 3rd at 1pm, Dansehallerne (for children)


Offstage presentations from Finland

Petri Kekoni Company: Non-Linear, Thursday December 1st at 11am, Dansehallerne (site specific)

Jarkko Partanen: Fields of Glory, Thursday December 1st at 11am, Dansehallerne (site specific)

Tero Saarinen Company: Morphed, Saturday December 3rd at 11am, Dansehallerne


Check out full program here.

Art goes social media – Whom and what to check out?

16.11.2016 by

Social media is changing the way we connect with art. Once considered exclusive and elite, art is now opening up to the masses through blogs and picture sharing platforms. Where artists in the past had to get support from galleries, critics and collectors before anyone could view their work, today everything can be uploaded, viewed and reviewed directly by the public.

So lets talk about Instagram. Since launched in 2010 the picture-sharing social media platform has, with its 500 million users, become one of the most famous social media sites in the world. It is also much more than just selfies and cute kittens. Scroll past the images of your neighbour’s lunch and you’ll find a whole world out there of artists, curators, collectors, art dealers and other art lovers sharing their experiences and exchanging ideas about art. It’s basically a virtual gallery in your own pocket and an easy access to the global art scene. By seeking out interesting accounts to follow, you discover new artists and new works of art, but you also stay updated on current trends within the art market.

For many artists social media has become a way to promote their work. This challenges the traditional artist-gallery relationship, in which the galleries slowly develop an artist’s career. By using Instagram, as well as other picture based social media platforms such as Snapchat, to exhibit, distribute and tell stories about their work, artists are engaging directly with the masses, making social media an important platform for business. In fact, a 2015 survey made by Artsy found more than half of collectors had bought works by artists they had initially spotted on Instagram. We also know, that despite an overall slowdown in the global art market in 2015, the online market grew 24 percent.


Five Finnish artists to check out on Instagram:

jani.leinonen – Jani Leinonen, currently exhibiting at Aros Aarhus Art Museum has used social media for years to carry out his projects

elinabrotherus – Elina Brotherus is a noted Finnish photographer who’s work has been exhibited in Denmark at several occasions

malinahlsved – Malin Ahlsved is known for her small paintings with peculiar figures, her work was last seen in Denmark at Odrupgaard museum in 2012

villeand – Ville Andersson is a young award winning artist from Finland

tommitoija – Tommi Toija is the artist known for his pissing statue Bad Bad Boy at Helsinki harbour


For bigger institutions social media has high marketing value. It is also a good tool for networking and building brands. According to Carrie Barrett, the Associate Director for Collections and Administration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the number of yearly visitors online is ten times the number of visitors at the actual museum. Much like for the artists, galleries and museums have found a way to easily communicate with their audience through social media. Several institutions are also using live broadcasting platforms, such as Periscope, to broadcast artist talks and other presentations to their live audience. Keep an eye out for Sotheby’s, for example.

The rapid changes taking place within the world of the digital are constantly giving rise to new forms of engagement. The National Gallery of Denmark, for example, has since 2012 been part of Google Art Project. This Google run database gives online visitors the possibility to visit museums around the world without leaving their homes. The Helsinki based art gallery Helsinki Contemporary launched their app, ARTAP, earlier this year. By downloading the app to your mobile device you’ll have the possibility to scroll through works by the gallery’s artists and try out how the artworks would look on your wall before you make the decision of buying them. In 2017 the Danish app, Artland, will be launched in English. Artland is the social network for art collectors giving them the possibility to open up their private art collections to the online community. Wydr, also known as the art world Tinder, is a comparable app where artists can sign up to sell their work. Similar to dating app Tinder, buyers can choose to swipe left or right depending on whether they like the art work displayed on the screen or not.


Five museums to check out on Instagram:

kiasmagram – part of the Finnish National Gallery, Kiasma museum of contemporary art in Helsinki is one of the most important institutions of contemporary art in Finland

ateneummuseum – part of the Finnish National Gallery, Ateneum in Helsinki is home to one of the finest collections of Finnish art, from classics to modern

emmamuseum – Espoo Museum of Modern Art is one of the biggest art museums in Finland

hamhelsinki – HAM, officially the Helsinki Art Museum, looks after an art collection that belongs to the people of Helsinki

sarahildenart – Sara Hildén Art Museum is a modern and contemporary art museum in Tampere


Five galleries to check out on Instagram:

helsinkicontemporary – Helsinki based commercial art gallery

galerieforsblom – Galerie Forsblom is a Helsinki based commercial art gallery

galerieanhava – Galerie Anhava is a Helsinki based commercial art gallery

muugalleria – MUU gallery is an uncommercial artist run gallery based in Helsinki

titanikgalleria – Titanik is an uncommercial artist run gallery in Turku


The demand for qualitative content online has generated many interesting platforms where arts is discussed, valued and sold. Sites like Artsy, Artnet, Artspace and Paddle8 deal with the high-end commercial side of the industry. These sites are for those who want to browse through massive databases, read the latest news from art fairs all over the world, and learn about the business. By signing up to their newsletters or just following them on social media you have the opportunity get updated on the latest from the art world. For those of you, who are not too fond of newsletters, tune in on the Artsy podcast and listen to the editors of the site talk art at their office in New York.

There are also more laid back platforms like much-hyped start-up Gertrude, a worldwide meetup platform for art saloons. Gertrude, named after writer and collector Gertrude Stein, is built on the idea that the experience of art is for everyone. By organising saloons in different parts of the world, the start-up aims to make art and talking about art more approachable to whoever you are. Gertrude i also behind Artlist, an online marketplace for private art sales with artworks coming directly from private collections worldwide. However, the fact that the site was shut down earlier this year shows how much in the making the online-based art market still is. To be launched in November, the Finnish platform Taiko is much like Artlist was, trying to change the ways in which we buy and sell art. By connecting artists and collectors though their online gallery platform, the people behind the project wish to make it easier for artists to sell their work, but also for collectors to buy art directly from the artists.


Other accounts to check out on Instagram: 

unknowncargo – Unknown Cargo is an international art gallery for unknown artists

artnewsfinland – keeps you updated on the latest art news from Finland

finnishcontemporaryart – for checking out contemporary art from Finland

frame_finland – Frame is an advocate of Finnish contemporary art

finnishartagency – Helsinki-based service for artists, companies, art organizations and private individuals

chartartfair_official – Chart Art Fair is one of the leading art fairs of Nordic contemporary art, based in Copenhagen

kopenhagendk – the Copenhagen based online magazine keeps you updated on the Danish art scene

ihmefestival – IHME is an annual contemporary art festival in Helsinki

idoartdk – IDOART.DK is a personal Dansih blog about art, design and culture

finindk – that’s us, the Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark


Finally, lets talk curating. With social media growing and becoming all the more important, people have started to pay more attention to the followers they have and the amount of them. The wish to be noticed and heard has resulted in a growing interest in how social media is done. Discussions have emerged of curated social media accounts with clear narratives, focusing on carefully selected subject matters and an aesthetic that reflects the visual world of the account’s owner. Visions and strategies are important, and one thing is certain, in order to catch people’s attention your pictures need to be visually interesting. As Rosie Dawkins, manager of the Instagram account of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, puts it: “in museums people stroll, on Instagram they scroll”.

And they scroll fast.

SNAP ME, 20.231 LIKES – a dive into the edited reality of social media

28.10.2016 by
Photo: Dansekapellet

Photo: Dansekapellet

Like me and I’ll like you back? It might come as no surprise that three out of four young adults between 13 and 23 are using social media like Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat on a daily basis. These platforms have not only become a way for us to communicate with the surrounding world, but also a means to construct identities.

This November, Dansekapellet presents performance SNAP ME, 20.231 LIKES, by Finnish artist and choreographer Noora Hannula, presented in collaboration with dancer Pietari Kärki. Diving deep into the ice-cold waters of social media, the performance investigates the parallel digital world and presents it with no filter. The artists are placed in the middle of the social media universe, reinforcing “social rules” to the extreme. Based on research on self-promotion and responses on social media, as well as their connection to young people’s identity development, the performance at Dansekapellet aims to create a space, where one can understand one’s own role and unwritten rules of social media.

The artists and their online identities can be followed on Instagram at @fuck_my_fashion and @pietaku_kochebi. Here, examining how far they will go to get likes, the two characters reflect a selfie culture and the online phenomenon of modified realities. Commenting on themes like the fine line between public and private, objectification, self-promotion and edited realities, they create images that illustrate the fact, that reality is not always as it seems.

The duo has won several awards and both work in renowned dance companies such as Mute Comp. Physical Theatre, Helsinki Dance Company and Zodiak. The performance at Dansekapellet will be in English and run from November 4th until November 11th. More information and tickets can be found here.

Like it and be there.

CPH PIX has a lot to offer

21.10.2016 by

CPH PIX, Denmark’s leading festival for fictional film, is kicking off in less than a week. Since joining forces with BUSTER film festival for children and youth earlier this year, the festival is now bigger than ever. From October 27th until November 9th, CPH PIX will bring you an amazing number of international and Danish films, by both familiar and less known filmmakers, as well as other film related events. We took a look at the program and here is what Finland is bringing to the festival this year.

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

This black and white 16mm debut film by Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen takes place in the summer of 1962. Rooted in reality, it tells the story of Finnish boxer Olli Mäki, who has the opportunity to become world champion in featherweight boxing. There is but one distraction – he has fallen in love. The film was already awarded at Cannes International Film Festival earlier this year and has been selected as the Finnish entry for the Academy Award of Best Foreign Language Film. At CPH PIX, ‘The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki’ has together with 12 other films been nominated for Politiken’s Audience Award. Giving the audience the opportunity to rate the film after each screening, the film with the highest rating throughout the festival gets marketing support through Politiken for its distribution in Danish cinemas. Make sure to participate!

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki. Photo: CPH PIX

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki. Photo: CPH PIX

The film will be screened on November 2nd at Grand Teatret, where you also have the opportunity to meet the director. Other opportunities to see the film are on November 3rd at Dagmar cinema and on October 29th at Øst for Paradis in Aarhus. Get your tickets here.

The Moustache

‘The Moustache’ is an animated short film by Finnish director Anni Oja. It’s a story about two gentlemen competing over having the best-looking moustache. The film is featured in the BUSTER family screening Shorts 6 Years +, which offers a selection of 9 short films for an audience of age 6 and up. The screenings are at Cinemateket on October 30th and at Empire Bio on November 6th. Tickets can be purchased here.

Dome Karukoski talks about his upcoming film Tom of Finland at PIX Sessions – 5 New Nordic Films

‘Tom of Finland’ is the upcoming film by Finnish director Dome Karukoski. Still a work in progress, the film about the iconic Finnish artist is expected to premiere in 2017. On November 1st you have the opportunity to meet the director together with four other Nordic directors and see extracts from the upcoming film. This session dedicated to Nordic film is part of the PIX Talks program and will be hosted at Cinemateket. The session looks at 5 prominent directors from the 5 Nordic countries and focuses on what is happening in the Nordic filmmaking right now. The event is free, register here.

Zoom in on sound – Live foley and debate with Finnish foley artist Heikki Kossi

This PIX Talk is all about sound. Here you have the opportunity to meet Finnish foley artist Heikki Kossi together with sound designers Timothy Nielsen, Peter Alberchtsen and Jaques Pedersen and listen to them talk about the importance of sound and music, not just in art, but also in everyday life. Kossi has taken two of his latest projects, the animated ‘The Little Prince’ and ‘The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki’, with him. With these two different films he will illustrate the process of creating authentic sounds for films. The event is hosted at Edison, Betty Nansen Teatret on November 2nd. Get your ticket here.

Menschen am Sonntag with Finnish-Icelandic collaboration band Múm

On October 28th Icelandic experimental pop band Múm, together with their Finnish percussionist Samuli Kosminen, are going on stage at Dagmar cinema to semi-improvise a live score for the German 1930s silent drama film ‘Menschen am Sonntag’ (People on Sunday). The film takes place in 1930s Berlin and is a bittersweet story of four young friends on a Sunday trip to a lake outside of the city. ‘Menschen am Sonntag’ has been noted for its strong portrait of daily life in Berlin between the two world wars, and together with Múm’s energetic, playful and genre-breaking music, which cuts across indie, electronica and folk, this will be one of the most original silent film concerts you’ll experience this year. Get you tickets here.

Múm. Photo: CPH PIX

Múm. Photo: CPH PIX

And last but not least, check out full festival program here.