Mirva Mäkinen

Mirva Mäkinen
Helsinki, Finland

In dance I am interested in the feeling of flow and soft movement. I love to investigate movement, its rhythm and different ways of inhabiting the body. A feeling of dancing is created by being able to switch the body from total relaxation to extreme intensity and tension. I call this the body’s ability to breath and create movement. My ideal is total presence, which makes every moment true and meaningful.

I am inspired by musicians, contact improvisation and yoga. I am curious about what makes your body feel alive and awake? Through dance I can explore this question, seeking access to the knowledge that doesn’t seem to exist unless I do it.  As I try to translate these experiences into writing, though, my words can’t quite capture the feelings, but I try.

I love to explore floor work, different combinations moving through the space, principles of movement and creating dancing dialogue by using breath, touch, movement, weight and balance. Lately I have been interested in exploring how, even while moving, some part of our body is always in stillness.  At the moment I am reading about soma aesthetics from Richard Susterman and there is still so much to learn.

Mirva graduated (MA) from the Dance Department of the Theatre Academy of Finland in 2000, and prior to that she completed her masters in Physical Education at the University of Jyväskylä. She then worked widely in Finland as a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer. Her true passion is in movement. In 2010 she was chosen to do a PHD at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Her research is about the “Aesthetics of Contact improvisation.” During 2010 and 2011 she has been traveling in the United States as a Fulbright scholar.

Since 2000 Mirva also has been a dance teacher and lecturer at the Kallio Upper Secondary School of Performing Arts in Finland, and has taught at many international dance and contact improvisation festivals. As a dancer, she has worked and performed with a number of dance companies, and is currently with Karttunen Kollektiv, Circo Aero and Joona Halonen. In 2010 she made a duet dance with Frey Faust, performing the Balance Project in Finland, Austria and the Ukraine.