The first GAP LAB working group has been formed and we are excited to present the selected artist that will work together with the Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland (RDCWF) located in Turku this March and April. The demo of their work will be presented at GAP ART SUMMIT on 21.4. 2022.

Eeva Juutinen
I am a choreographer and dance artist based in Helsinki Finland. My work focuses on conditions and modes of production, process and practise, aiming to question them and to find alternative models and viewpoints. I have studied somatic movement since 2019 and I hope to continue these studies in the future. I practise reiki which has lead me to be interested in touch and energy. I am working with choreographing and performing. I explore breathing and writing as performative elements and main methods for choreographing. Currently I approach composition in all my works from various different angles. My areas of interest have been and are around intimacy, intensity and affect. Different notions of poetry, imagination, body, movement and performativity interest me. Questions around body and environments as well as connectivity and difference are part of my work. Recently I have been interested in psychoanalytic approaches towards the body. I also do long materialistic processes alongside choreographing as part of my artistic work. So far I have been working with flowers and plants (drying and storing them, as well as extracting as scent).

Sofia Molin is a bilingual actress and theatremaker. She holds an MA in Acting from St.Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy (RGISI) and an BA Drama-instructor Diploma from Turku Arts Academy. Sofia is a core member of The Spiritual Airlines – Grus Grus Teatteri – running the bilingual theatre together with a multidisciplinary core group since 2014. Sofia also teaches actively – both acting and artistic practices. Sofia is easily intrigued by artistic conceptualization, and finds enjoyment in midwifery of artistic processes of different kinds.

Pete Santos is an American MC, singer, and song-writer whose music is a blend of hip-hop, pop, rnb, afro-rhythms, and soul music. Growing up on the move, living in too many places almost, has influenced his perspective on the world and it translates into his music. He is all about influencing people and spreading positivity in his lyrics.

Katia Skylar is an actress (FIA), butoh dancer, and performance artist, she is also a co-founder of a podcast Besedka s akcentom where together with the guests they discuss their devotion and passion in life. Bodily movement is the core language of Katia’s acting and performing projects, where movement interpretation of a spoken word is created with the physical theatre methods and dance. In terms of the dialogues, she likes to experiment with the multilingual approach. Among the themes she is interested to work with: body perceptions, limitations, gender roles and expectations, non-human entities, and finding beauty in the mundane brutality. Katia also enjoys working with site-specific and audience-driven projects.

Tianna Valta is originally from Northern Savonia but currently located in Tampere. Graduated as a professional dancer from the Tampere Conservatory in the spring of 2021. Valta has had the opportunity to work at Tampere Workers’ Theater under the direction of Akse Petterson, at the Dance Theater MD in the choreography of Anniina Kumpuniemi and with musician Pate Mustajärvi.

Dancing and creation of movement has played an important role in Valta’s life for almost ten years now and as a graduate she posesses a strong foundation in the use of her body. In recent years however, Valta’s passion has been theater, dance theater, acting and singing. When working in the world of theater Valta is especially interested in bringing the physicality of acting and creating to notice. Working with the physical approach of a character or movement piece.

Valta has also worked as a model in different projects and shoots and is interested in continuing to work with photography. Valta has done a model portfolio.

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