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Recording: 2022-08-14 , HAU2 Hebbel am Ufer (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Maija Hirvanen


Tanz im August | HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)

Production Details / Press Releases

Between people and matter, breath and wind, feelings and electricity, “Mesh” by Finnish choreographer Maija Hirvanen reimagines the human in a more-than-human world. Four dancers are caught in a web of entangled life forms, building on the bodily intersections of fungal networks and interspecies communication. In connecting multiple layers of being, these mystical and hybrid stage creatures become ever more enmeshed in the question of what it is to be human.

Finnish choreographer Maija Hirvanen situates her work in performances and cultural practices that examine belief systems, language, memory and mechanisms of re-learning. Her long-term project “Performing Interconnections” focuses on performative practices that take a more-than-human worldview. Since the early 2000s she has presented her works internationally at among others ImpulsTanz Vienna, Sadler’s Wells London, SPRING Festival Utrecht, Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Dansens Hus Stockholm, Zodiak, Kiasma, Baltic Circle, Helsinki Festival and Moving in November Festival. She is currently a member of the THIRD Research Cohort at DAS Graduate School in Amsterdam and is a regular guest at Tanz im August.

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TFB Nr. 1668

Cast & Credits

Artistic direction & choreography: Maija Hirvanen
With: Marika Peura, Marlon Moilanen, Suvi Tuominen, Pie Kär
Lighting design: Heikki Paasonen
Sound design: Tatu Nenonen

Production: Friends of Physical Contemporary Art
Co-production: Zodiak – Uuden tanssin keskus, Tanz im August / Hebbel am Ufer
Support in Administration and Production: Arts management Helsinki
Supported by: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation

Tanz im August 2022
Artistic Director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer Festival: Stefan Nagel
Curator & Producer: Andrea Niederbuchner
Producer & Assistant to Artistic Director: Alina Scheyrer-Lauer
Producer: Ekaterina Voronova
Production Assistant: Johanna Herrschmann
Production Associates: Vivien Hohnholz, John Hoobyar, Mmakgosi Kgabi, Raquel Moreira, Lilli Ruopp, Tammo Walter
Technical Director Festival: Ingo Ruggenthaler
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)

Hallesches Ufer 32
10963 Berlin

Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Maija Hirvanen / Trailers and Video Documentations

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