Helsinki Meeting Point

a place in Helsinki for improvisation and instant composition

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“The Helsinki Meeting Point presents: an IMMERSIVE LISTENING research project”


Vapaa Taiteen Tila, Friday 28.8 at 19.00

The Helsinki Meeting Point is presenting the work of an IMMERSIVE LISTENING research project where five improvising artists spend three nights in a cabin near the wilderness and return straight to Helsinki to perform.

The research question is how being in the wilderness affects improvisation, and the focus is on ways in which we relate to each other (and to improvisation itself) and ways in which we listen/tune-in (to oneself, to the other, to the environment).

The event starts with an open discussion between the participants on what happened during those three nights and their perspective on the topic. The group will then perform an improvisation as a reflection on the process, followed by a Q&A with the audience. Coffee, tea, and biscuits will be available throughout the event.


Nadja Pärssinen (FI), contemporary dance
Heidi Seppälä (FI), contemporary dance
Heini Harjaluoma (FI), contemporary dance
Alicia Burns (US), voice
Katarina Sjöblom (FI), violin
Laonikos Psimikakis-Chalkokondylis (GR), el. guitar, electronics

This is part of Laonikos’ final thesis project, investigating how being in the wilderness affects improvisation.

Vapaan Taiteen Tila, Vilhovuorenkuja 16, 00500 Helsinki, Finland

Tickets: 8/4€ cash only (free entrance for University of the Arts students)

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The Helsinki Meeting Point presents: Lihaa Tilassa & Layers @ Ylioppilasteatteri 18.4.2015

The Helsinki Meeting Point presents this time works by artists engaged in the practice of improvisation. With this non-standard HMP event, we are happy to open a new window into this art form.

Saturday 18.4.2015, 19:00

Ylioppilasteatteri, Mannerheimintie 3 B, Helsinki

Tickets: 8/4€ cash only (free entrance for members of Ylioppilasteatteri)
Following the performances the audience is warmly invited to stay for a feedback session, specially structured to help supporting the work of the artists.

LIHAA TILASSA is an improvisation group established 2014 in Helsinki. The group consists of dance artists Aino Ojanen, Noora Aaltonen and Nadja Pärssinen and sound artist Joonatan Elokuu. Light artist Juho Ryhänen will also take part in the performance at Ylioppilasteatteri.

“Our performance is a dialogue between movement, music and light. Three dancers, musician and a light artist come together in a space and create a performance, where improvisation and the storytelling have no preset rules. The form an the the meaning of the performance are born unexpectedly in the now.”

LAYERS – TWO IMPROVISATION SOLOS by Pia Lindy and Heini Nukari
“We both have a wide experience working with improvisation on performance. We decided to come together and share a process of making solo improvisations hoping to find new skills, layers, directions and to break some old routines. We are both also interested in how sound and talking can be part of the moving.”

Heini Nukari: For me improvisation is a very accurate and concentrated working tool which allows me to continually regenerate and develop movement and vocal material. I like to be pushed out of my comfort zone towards unknown waters where I might not be sure about my identity anymore. I am interested in exploring the multiple human layers which we all have inside us.

Pia Lindy: How to jump into the unknown without losing myself totally or if that happens, what then? How to stay open to different kinds of dialogues and ways of articulating the unknown? How is the society embodied and visible in me?

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HMP workshop by Sten Rudstrom: Ta(l)king Your Head Off!!


Ta(l)king Your Head Off!!

Dismantling the Left-Brain Conspiracy and Entering the Explosive, Colorful, Absurdity of Experiential Speech

In this workshop, you will explore an embodied way of speaking, using language that originates from and resonates in the body. You will experience your speech from a kinesthetic position. You learn how to sense your language as you speak it and allow that sensing to influence the manufacture of each new word from a dual-hemisphere perspective. Our goal is that language be a transformational experience rather than a self-limiting, rational, judgmental arena.

Ta(l)king Your Head Off is intended for dancers who want to feel their text in the flesh, actors who want to feel the flesh of their text, those who find joy in the use of language, as well as, those who hope to find that joy.

Fri. 12.12. 18-21:00
Sun. 14.12. 10:30-14:30
Esitystaiteen keskus
Suvilahti, Puhdistamo,
Kaasutehtaankatu 1/33,
00540 Helsinki

Info & Registration:
Giorgio Convertito
Tel. +358 505 619 484
Please register before December 10th
Sten Rudstrom has been working in the field of improvisation for the last 25 years. He teaches and performs internationally, founded the improvisation group EAT (Sabine von der Tann, Andres Noormets, Kate Hilder, and Peter Krempelsetzer) and is, also, a member of Streugut (Ingo Reluecke, Zufit Simon, Martin Clausen, and Alexander Frangenheim). In 1986, he met Ruth Zaporah, is one of the few Certified Senior Teachers and has continued to work with Action Theater™ since that time. With Satu Palokangas, he has developed The Core of Expression, a somatics and improvisation embodiment training that is currently being booking internationally. His workshops are inspiring, exciting and challenging. He has a 3 year old son and is re-learning how to improvise and let go of outcomes.

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HMP Practice Session #9

The HMP practice session number 9 took place on Saturday 22.11. at 12-15 at Reprum theatre and was led by Kaisa Kukkonen and Giorgio Convertito.

This time the focus was on the communication between dancers and musicians improvising together on stage. Like what is it? What happens there?

As our guests we had the students and teachers of Laponia Improvisations, a school of improvisation based in Helsinki.

And notice the new reharsal space!
Reprum, Hämeentie 33, 3 krs, 00500 Helsinki

Call, if you can´t find us: 041 436 1793

Welcome! Because #9 is the last HMP Practice Session of the year 2014!

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The Helsinki Meeting Point Extended Edition 2014 @ Hurjaruuth 13.12.2014

The Helsinki Meeting Point was proud to present the third Extended Edition performance!

The third HMP Extended Edition presented a completely new lineup of performers, three dancers, three musicians and a light designer who met together before the performance, and had time to get to know each other, discuss their views on improvisation as well as scores and ideas for the performance, making for a very special version of the established HMP format.

Moritz Cartheuser – electric guitar
Mikko Innanen – saxophone
Heini Nukari – dance
Outi Pulkkinen – voice
Sten Rudstrom – dance
Terhi Vaimala – dance

plus Terhi Hienonen on lights.
The venue: Hurjaruuth Dance Theatre, Cable Factory, Helsinki.

On Saturday 13th of December at 17.00 there was an open discussion about improvisation with the professional artists and the audience in the Hurjaruuth foyer.
Participation to the discussion – free of charge.

Entrance to the performance 10 €, cash only.

The Helsinki Meeting Point is a production by Giorgio Convertito and Kaisa Kukkonen and is supported by Koneen Säätiö – Kone Foundation

Extended edition, picture

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The Helsinki Meeting Point presents: Solos @ Höyhentämö 17.10.2014

For the first time The Helsinki Meeting Point presented solos. Four performers showed improvised solos and the evening concluded with a quartet improvisation.

Salla Hakkola (electric harp)
Ville Hukkinen (percussions and vocals)
Pia Lindy (dance)
Paula Tuovinen (dance)

Tickets: 3€-21€, pay what you can afford.


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HMP Practice Session #8

The Practice Session #8 took place on Saturday 25.10. at 12-15 at Zodiak studio B2 and was led by Sami Henrik Haapala.

In this HMP session we’ll be examining impulse. In my doctoral research I’m examining impulse as a starting point for dance, acting or other performing. I’m considering impulse as the smallest possible unit in performing. The impulse can be physical, emotional or intellectual. It may be born in the senses or in the mind. It may be something completely different. Impulse as a concept is very familiar to improvisation in dance, but I’m confident the thinking about impulse can be developed further and transformed. I’m searching for a way to a more specific and more precise use of impulse in any action.

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HMP Practice Session #7

The seventh HMP practice session is taking place on Saturday 27.9. at 12-15 in Teak and was led by Sergio Castrillón.


Fundamentation and development.
The idea of performance exploration and creation in real time comes from my personal experience in the practice of free improvisation and music heuristics, not only with musicians but also with different kind of artists such as dancers, actors, painters, drawers and poets.
The main purpose is to explore extended techniques through the available means (body, musical instruments, objects, etc.) in a non-prepared or non-rehearsed situation and physical space.
Practical activities as well as philosophical approaches about improvisation and creation in real time will be taken in account during the session. All participants will take part in discussing some questions related to the topics.
Note: It is not necessary to be an expert in the matter (if those ones do exist); the discussions can be approached from personal experiences and individual ideas.
Another crucial point to explore in this session consists in how important is the connection and interaction among two or more different artists, specially coming from different fields. In addition, the participants will explain how has been their relationship with the audience and how important is in their performances.
The last issue to be approached in this session is how to create a mental state in performance situation. That aims to analyze how it affects the performance itself and how it creates a sort of “energetic field” that conveys certain impulses to the other performers and the audience.

-Warming up jam session (Duos, trios, groups)

– Avoid the cliché?
Discussion and practices about exploring unknown territories in our personal performance.
Try to find something new in real time? Create an improvised performance based on the knowledge and experiences? Whatever works?
What do you consider as improvisation? What do you consider as performance exploration? What do you consider as creation in real time?

– Keeping the tension?
Discussion and practices about the connection with other performers and audience.
Is it worth it time awareness in performance? Is visual contact important in the performance? Which ways do you use to achieve connection or interaction with the other performers? With the audience? Can we talk about a successful improvisation creation in real time?

Note: The session will be focused on practical activities. DON´T PANIC!!!

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HMP Practice Session #6

The sixth HMP practice session is taking place on Saturday 30.8 at 12.00 in Zodiak studio B2 and will be led by Pia Lindy.

(Re)searching the unknown.

Questions we will play with: How to extend and when to extend with the material what occurs in a duet or a group improvisation. Is there a way to support a surprise? How would you do that in your working?