About to Dance -Connecting, Exhibition at Cable Gallery, Helsinki 5-29 Jan 2012

About to Dance – CONNECTING reflects on meanings of care and interactions between people

The exhibition at the Cable Gallery is part of the multi-layered About to Dance project initiated by dancer and performance artist Pia Lindy in 2001. In the exhibition Lindy is, now together with photographer and community artist Annuska Dal Maso, producer Johanna Fredriksson and cultural researcher and musician Juhana Venäläinen, exploring dance, art, embodiment and reflections on experience in society.

The working process is based on the idea of dance/art providing multiple opportunities for exploring and gaining understanding of an individual’s or a group’s lived realities, experiences and choices. What encounters and situations occur in this project aimed at passing on a message from one person to another What could be the role of an artist as a mediator? How are different roles (e.g. citizen, artist, politician/civil servant) connected with, and how do they influence, caring and passing on messages? What is passed on through these encounters?

The CONNECTING project is a living process that takes place in changing settings. As the process advances, the working process is distilled into performances, conversations, open-access dance classes, workshops and other events.

The exhibition being shown in the Cable Gallery in January 2012 consists of an installation made up of photographs, messages sent by citizens to politicians/civil servants, text- and soundscapes, plus dance performances. Open-access workshops and discussions will be also held for the public during the exhibition period.

About to Dance -Connecting – Events during the exhibition:

TALKS:  presentation of the project, guest speakers, short performances and performative comments

Wed 18.1. at 18-20

Wed 25.1. at 18-20


Moving in gallery – Open movement class

Sat 21.1. and Sat 28.1. at 10-12



Pia Lindy: Oh lightness   (series of work-in -progress-performances)

Thu 19.1. and Fri 20.1. at 18

Sat 21.1. at 15 and Sun 22.1. at 15

Thu 26.1. and Fri 27.1. at 18

and Sat 28.1. at 15

Further information: www.jokukohtatanssii.net, pia.lindy@gmail.com

The About to Dance – CONNECTING project has been supported by the National Council for Dance, the Regional Dance Centre of Eastern Finland, and The Arts Council of North Karelia.


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