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Dancing And Architecture in Helsinki

Dancing And Architecture in Helsinki

Documentation of dance performances: Ismo Dance Company

ISMO DANCE COMPANY is the brainchild of the award-winning Finnish choreographer Ismo-Pekka Heikinheimo, known for inventive and groundbreaking performances. Ismo-Pekka is known for artistic bravery in breaking the boundaries of dance in his collaboration with performance and visual artists, scenographers, architects, philosophers, musicians and voice artists, fashion and light designers.

Artist website: https://www.ismodance.fi/Ismo_Dance_Company/Info.html

The video consists of three dance performances from the “Anybody’s Architecture” –series filmed in Senate Square, Löyly, and the National Library of Finland.

THE SENATE SQUARE is one of the most photographed locations in the center of Helsinki. The Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace, the main building of the University of Helsinki, and the National Library of Finland, surround it. The famous Finnish architect Carl Ludvig Engel (1778-1840) designed all of these neoclassical buildings. On the corner of the square, you can also find the Helsinki City Museum in the oldest stone building in Helsinki, the Sederholm House.

LÖYLY is a modern public sauna and restaurant complex built in 2016. It is located on the seashore of Hernesaari district, a former industrial area that is being transformed into a residential area. Löyly offers two traditional saunas, a smoke sauna, and the possibility to dip in the sea, a restaurant, and a year-round terrace with a view to the open sea. The name Löyly means the warm steam that comes when you throw water on hot stones in the sauna.

THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF FINLAND is the biggest and oldest research library in Finland. Alongside being an open library, the National Library is responsible for storing the Finnish cultural heritage and it also organizes exhibitions and cultural events. The oldest part of the building was designed by the architect Carl Ludvig Engel in 1836 and the library was built in 1840-45. The newer extension, Rotunda was designed by architect Gustaf Nyström and built in 1902-06.

Senate Square: https://www.myhelsinki.fi/en/see-and-…
Löyly: https://www.loylyhelsinki.fi/en/
The National Library of Finland: https://www.kansalliskirjasto.fi/en
Anybody’s Architecture: Senate Square Stairs
Dancers: Taru Aho, Waltteri Haapaniemi, Henna Männikkö, Minttu Pietilä, Pinja Poropudas, Heidi Tiainen, Robyn Vuorela, Ville Välikoski.
Anybody’s Architecture: Löyly
Dancer: Tanja Illukka
Anybody’s Architecture: National Library of Finland
Dancer: Jyrki Haapala


Edited: 27.3.2023