This sharing concludes the first chapter of a four-chapter residency initiated and hosted by Zodiak – Center for New Dance (FIN) in conjunction with Campbelltown Art Centre (AUS). Jane McKernan (AUS) and Maija Hirvanen (FIN) will team with Lizzie Thomson (AUS), Timothy Darbyshire (AUS), Satu Herrala (FIN) and Jarkko Partanen (FIN) in a collaborative exchange over two years between Australia and Finland.
Maija and Jane will ponder the questions of the exchange in relation to their respective practices and, in doing so, unpack the notion of exchange itself. What and why would we exchange? Within this inquiry, we may look into relations between the individual and group body, as well as between the locality of the body and the glocal (global/local) connection of dance. The event will be presented in a party atmosphere.
Maija Hirvanen is a choreographer and performance maker based in Helsinki, Finland. Her works have been presented in festivals and venues such as ImpulsTanz in Vienna, South Bank Centre in London, Seoul Performing Arts festival in South Korea, Dansens Hus in Stockholm, Melkweg in Amsterdam and Recontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint Denis festival in Paris.
Jane McKernan is a dancer and choreographer from Sydney. Her current interest is in unison as an act of agreement and a form of group thinking.
Maija Hirvanen, For Those Who Have Time. Image Credit: Aki Pekka Sinikoski