Dance Jump to the big screen (fri 21.7.2023 at 19, VPK)

Dance Jump to the big screen (fri 21.7.2023 at 19, VPK)

Homeland: Finland

Friday 21.7.2023 at 19:00, VPK cinema

Dance movies in Pyhäjärvi


Curator: Kati Kallio


Duration: 1h 40min


Price: 10€ (Tickets at the door)


Film and dance are like made for each other. In both art forms, movement and action play a central role in communication. Fusion of these two art forms feels very natural. As a form, dance film is as old as the art of cinema, it breaks down language barriers and reaches its audience through non-verbal means of expression. This hybrid of art forms is very diverse and surprising, because it borrows its forms and methods not only from dance and film art but also from video and visual art.


At the Full Moon Dance Festival, dance films will be shown for the first time on July 21, 2023 at 19:00. Kati Kallio has curated an hour-long screening for the festival, which presents the diversity of this fascinating art form in the form of short films. Before the screening, Kallio gives a short introduction to the art form, and after the screening, there is an audience discussion.


The total duration of the films is 60 min.



Directors: Noora Geagea, Elina Häyrynen ja Natasha Lommi
Choreographers and dancers: Elina Häyrynen ja Natasha Lommi
Costume designer: Kaisu Hölttä
Cinematographer & editor: Noora Geagea
Sound designers: Josu Mämmi ja Aino Juutilainen
Production: TARGET Helsinki


Logline: Equals is a duet about the meaning of empathy and the power of walking side by side.


Equals, a film by the TARGET Helsinki collective, is a beautiful one-take dance film, where the creators use the camera’s framing skillfully. The film belongs to the We Need Art series of short films that talks about the importance of art and the necessity of its existence.


BIO: TARGET Helsinki is a multidisciplinary ensemble that takes an innovative and open-minded approach to bringing contemporary dance and visual arts into new environments. TARGET promotes dance art to new audiences and spaces outside traditional theatre stages. TARGET Helsinki utilizes digital stages in presenting their art work and aims to clear space for art practice on social media platforms. TARGET Helsinki members: Elina Häyrynen, Natasha Lommi, Noora Geagea,
Kaisu Hölttä, Janne Hast ja Josu Mämmi.




Director and Choreographer: Simona Deaconescu
Cinematographer: Tudor Panduru
Dancers: Denis Bolborea, Simona Dabija, Diana Spiridon, Galea Bobeicu, Razvan Stoian
Sound Designer: Sebastian Zsemlye
Editor: Alex Gheorghe
Producer: Anamaria Antoci


Logline: A visual abstract poetry of the human being confronted with nature, the machine and himself.

Simona Deacunescu’s film Sonder is a true masterpiece of long takes and choreographed camera work. The film was filmed in a controversial Romanian copper mine, where the walls of the eroded pit frame the feel of a dance film. The outbursts of emotions emerging from the dancers’ bodies create a kinesthetic experience.


Director’s bio:
Simona Deaconescu is a Romanian choreographer and filmmaker working across genres and formats. Her work explores future scenarios of the body, creating spaces in which nature, history, and technology meet, and the notion of choreography extends beyond the human body. She is the founder of Tangaj Collective, an interdisciplinary art company dedicated to research and production in the field of performative arts. Since 2015, Deaconescu has been the co-founder and artistic director of the Bucharest International Dance Film Festival. In recent years, she has been an artist in residence with the European Projects Moving Digits and Biofriction, an Associated Artist with The National Centre for Dance in Romania, and a Forecast Mentee. Her creations include performances, installations, film, and video artworks. They were presented on conventional stages, in galleries, museums, and alternative spaces, reaching audiences in Europe and North America.


Social media:
INSTAGRAM: @tangajcollective @simona_deaconescu
FACEBOOK: Tangaj Collective



Director: Tomáš Hubáček
Choreography: Marie Gourdain
Camera: Alan Soural
Cloth designer: Tereza Havlová
Sound designing & music: Tomáš Hubáček
Production: MIMESIS Film s.r.o. & GNOMON Production s.r.o.


Logline: Human flock flows through wavy fields. An unenlightened hunter crosses its path.

The work Fibonacci by the Czechs Tomáš Hubáček is like an ‘environmental dance film’ or an audiovisual meditation. The structure and content of the film takes its inspiration from the famous Fibonacci number series, which is also associated with the ‘golden ratio’. In the making of the visually eye-catching film, efforts have been made to include these two concepts in every aspect of it.


Bio’s of director:
Tomáš Hubáček (born 1981) is a director and musician based in West Carpathians. He studied film directing at Tomas Bata University (CZ). After a decade of composing music for feature documentaries, TV series and animated shorts, Fibonacci is his first short film as a director. Currently Tomáš is developing his first fiction feature called „Wirbel“– a mystery drama dealing with man-landscape relation.



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Director & script: Antti Suniala
Artists: Rauli Dahlberg & Teemu Skön, Race Horse Company
Music: RRKK @ Observatorio, Helsinki
Director of photography: Christoffer Collina
2nd camera: Antti Suniala
Editing & Color grading: Petri Erkkilä
Production: Antti Suniala, Race Horse Company


logline: Walls Beneath our Feet explores movement in the urban space from unexpected angles.


Walls Beneath Our Feet by Antti Suniala is an internationally successful circus film that combines music, street art, the architecture of urban spaces and the manipulation of time with the circus’s acrobatic and skillful use of the body. It is a collaboration between contemporary circus group Race Horse Company, music producer RRKK and the Helsinki Urban Art.


Bio: Antti Suniala is a circus performer, director and choreographer. Her passions include empathy, justice, and Argentine tango as a dancer and internationally toured DJ. He has been the producer of the contemporary circus group Race Horse Company since 2018.


Director & choreographer: Kati Kallio
Original idea: Elli Isokoski
Cinematographer: Antti Ahokoivu
Costume designer: Niina Huovinen
Sound designers & music: Janne Laine
Make Up Artist: Laura Herttua
Dancers: Ritva Kattelus, Elina Hyvärinen, Jukka Tarvainen, Ervi Sirén, Marjukka Savolainen & 15 amateur performers age between 9-90 years.
Production: Outi Rousu / Pystymetsä & Elli Isokoski / Myrskyryhmä


logline: 80-year-old Sanna lives alone with her memories and houseplants. One day Sanna sees an event from her window that makes her reminisce about her friends and notice her own loneliness.


Film Walks with Me brings the loneliness of the elderly visible. Film was co-written with 94-year old Kyllikki Piira during the community art project. In Kyllikki Piira’s words, loneliness is when your friends leave here for eternity and you can no longer share the same experiences with them. Original idea for the film is from Elli Isokosiki.


Master of Arts in Dance Kati Kallio (born 1971, Rovaniemi) is a filmmaker and Finland’s leading dance film expert. During her career, she has worked extensively in various positions in the art of dance. Since 2008 her works have been focused on dance films and has completed around 20 short dance films that have been shown internationally at festivals and on television. She is a pioneer and promoter of Finnish dance film, who was the artistic director of the Loikka dance film festival in 2015-2018. Since 2010, she has cooperated with the dance group Myrskyryhmä. In cooperation, many dance films have been made with the participation of elderly people.


SoMe linkit:
IG: @kalliokati @myrskyryhma @rousuouti


Director: Juanjo Giménez
Choreography: Lali Ayguadé, Nicolas Ricchini
Screenplay: Pere Altimira, Juanjo Giménez
Cinematography: Pere Pueyo
Editor: Silvia Cervantes
Sound designer: Xavi Saucedo
Art director: Daniel G. Blanco
Music: Iván Céster
Cast: Lali Ayguadé, Nicolas Ricchini, Vicente Gil, Pep Domenech
Production: Juanjo Giménez, Daniel Villanueva, Arturo Méndiz / Nadir Films, ECIR


logline: Luna and Diego are the parking lot security guards. Diego does the night shift, and Luna works by day.


The film Timecode is undoubtedly one of the most successful dance films, having won the Golden Palm at Cannes and a nomination at the Oscars Academy Awards. The film succeeds in combining the film’s characteristic storytelling and dance into a smooth braid, genres are not important, but what the work says.


Bio: Juanjo Giménez was born in 1963 and lives in Barcelona. He has directed a few shorts, including TIMECODE (2016) Palme d’Or in the Cannes Film Festival, nominated for an Oscar, Best European Short EFA, Goya and Gaudi prizes, and more than 100 international prizes. He has directed award-winning feature films TILT (2003) and documentaries DODGE AND HIT (2010), CONTACT PROOF (2014). He is also the founder of the production company Nadir Films SL. In 2021, he premiered his film TRES at the Giornate degli Autor in Venice and in competition at the Toronto Film Festival.

Many thanks to our partners for making the show possible!