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ANON - The Act of Waiting

2018

Choreographer Johanna Nuutinen utilises her customary medium of virtuoso dance to explore the unavoidable senses of surrendering and uncertainty created by waiting. ANON also examines the temporary communities created by the act of waiting and questions the power structures of waiting. Who has the power to keep others waiting and who agrees to wait?

Choreography: Johanna Nuutinen

Performance: Jenna Broas and Oskari Nyyssölä

Sound design: Tuuli Kyttälä

Light, set and visual design: Joonas Tikkanen

Set up: Kaba Assefa

Dramaturgical support: Miranda Laurence

Costume design: Erika Turunen

Costume fitting and sewing: Johanna Vehmas

Premier on the 22nd of November 2018, Teater Viirus, Helsinki.

Supported by The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, city of Helsinki, South East Dance, Zodiak - Center for New Dance and Seoul Dance Center.

Photos: Johanna Nuutinen

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Posthuman days

2018

What is a post-human human subject? What does it mean to let go of anthropocentrism? The world is breaking before our very eyes, but what is this inevitable state of change?

Posthuman days by choreographer Jenni-Elina von Bagh and her workgroup is an ambitious and impossible attempt to bring a topical philosophical notion of ‘post-human’ into the stage context. Posthuman days explores questions relating to a breaking of categories such as subject/object, nature/culture, human/non-human and life/death. It assumes a form of embodied, choreographed question articulated by five young female dancers.

Posthuman days does not want to convey or represent anything. It wants to open an artistic platform for dissident thought. It admits to being awkward, emotional and melancholy while remaining superficial.

As a performance, Posthuman days is a network-based hybrid. It proves that the notion of post-human is already here.

Choreography:Jenni-Elina von Bagh & the performers

Performance: Jenna Broas, Karoliina Kauhanen, Anni Koskinen, Outi Markkula and Pinja Poropudas

Sound design: Tom Lönnqvist

Light design: Ina Niemelä

Costume design: Ingvill Fossheim

Set and video design: Fabian Nyberg

Dramaturge: Otto Sandqvist

Production: Zodiak - Center for New Dance, Jenni-Elina von Bagh

Premier on the 18th of October 2018, Zodiak Stage, Helsinki.

Photos: Katri Naukkarinen

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Something, or an amount, poured

2018

The solo installation is composed by organic movement, flow, cyclic structure and the cellular body. A meditative performance merges from layered images in space.

The installation was performed part of UrbanApa’s platform for young artist in Zodiak C4. UrbanApa’s platform for young artist is initialised by Sonya Lindfors and it brings seven artist together to share their work and to collaborate. These artists are Jenna Broas, Sanni Giordani, Minna Karttunen, Taru Miettinen, Kaisa Nieminen, Pinja Poropudas and Vanessa Virta.

Performance and video design: Jenna Broas

Sharing on the 26th of May 2018, Zodiak C4, Helsinki.

Photos: Minna Karttunen and screenshots from the film

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Dry storm

2018

The work arises from fragmented changes in the body, created by embodied reflections from the environment. It rattles through the materialization of dryness, into hybrid bodies that in their multi directionality loosely connects anywhere and everywhere. Building structures of feeling and waiting, wondering in the in-betweeness.

Performances to be beings.

Choreography: Sara Gurevitsch

Performance: Jenna Broas, Geoffrey Erista, Tuuli Heinonen, Ella Koikkalainen, Katriina Tavi and Salla Rytövuori

Sound design: Tom Lönnqvist

Light design: Sofia Palillo

Costume design: Hanne Jurmu

Set design: Sara Gurevitsch, Hanne Jurmu, Tom Lönnqvist and Sofia Palillo

Premier on the 7th of February 2018, Kallio Stage, Helsinki.

Photos: Sanni Siira

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Different but same in this structure of a structure

2017

Choreography and performance: Jenna Broas and Pinja Poropudas

Sound: Tom Lönnqvist

Video editing: Jenna Broas

The work is composed by two dancers and a projector. Together they form the three performers of the piece. A composition of three scores are bringing these three performers together, creating their own realities within the same shared space. Each score acts as an independent part that opens and frames its own explorative world. Set up parallel to each other, the scores open up new dimensions, creating new perspectives for viewing and exploring – to see and to be seen. What do these scores suggest when they are in relation to each other? What associations do we make?

Performed in Ateneum, Helsinki, UrbanApa festival 2017.

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Kosto I-IX

2017

is a recitative fantasy directed by choreographer Elina Pirinen. It sings forth visions of revenge in linguistically, visually and corporeally subtle and direct ways. The singing on stage is surrounded by nine bodies incorporating rest and festivo. The tableau vivant, in turn illuminated and extinguished, brings forth the beautiful inner tumult of humanity.

Premier on January 19th, 2017 at Theatre Academy of the Uniarts Helsinki.

Choreography: Elina Pirinen

Performance: Krista Arppo, Jenna Broas, Karoliina Kauhanen, Anni Koskinen, Anna Kupari, Outi Markkula, Pinja Poropudas, Lotta Suomi ja Katriina Tavi

Visual concept: Elina Pirinen ja Heidi Väätänen

Dramaturgy: Heidi Väätänen

Direction in writing process: Niko Hallikainen

Consultation and execution of lighting design: Nadja Räikkä

Sound technician: Lauri Malin

Photos: Katri Naukkarinen

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Tila tilassa - Kalasatama

2016

Concept and performance: Jenna Broas and Karoliina Kauhanen

Photos: Jenna Broas and Karoliina Kauhanen

Kalasatama, Helsinki

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MESH

2016

Choreography: Tero Saarinen

Music collage (Martti Pokela, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Pekka Jalkanen, Petri Sirviö/trad.)

Lighting and set design Iwashina Takeaki

Costume design: Izumi Miyamura

Choreographer’s Assistants: Satu Halttunen, Henrikki Heikkilä, Sini Länsivuori

Dancers: Auri Ahola, Satu Halttunen, Mitsutake Kasai, Natasha Lommi, Pekka Louhio, Oskari Nyyssölä, David Scarantino, Eero Vesterinen, Jenna Broas, Anni Koskinen, Pinja Poropudas, Jane Sievänen, Erika Vilander, Malla Ylöniemi, Marcus Björkbom, Tiia Lehtinen, Julianna Luhtala, Eliisa Nenonen, Konsta Roos ja Nelli Sinilaakso.

First premiered on the 2nd of February 2014, Saitama Arts Theater, Tokyo, Japan by 20 Japanese dancers. Production Saitama Dance Association and Saitama Theater.

Finnish premier at the Kuopio Dance Festival 15th of June 2016.

Photos: Tero Saarinen Company : MESH Sami Kulju (1-2/7) and Sakari Viika (3-7/7)

Link to video

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Papers and pens

2016

Choreography: Jenni-Elina von Bagh

Performance: Jenna Broas, Karoliina Kauhanen, Anni Koskinen, Outi Markkula ja Pinja Poropudas

Photos: Hanne Salonen/Eduskunta (29.11.2017)

In the performance for five dancers Papers and pens reflects the question of change and the fracturing of the categories. The body and the speech are closely connected to each other continuously forming new relationships and meanings. The inspiration for the work are the theories and texts by an Italian feminist philosopher Rosi Braidott.

Premiered at the Theatre Academy, Helsinki 13th of April 2016.

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As if the fish is the frame

2015

Concept: Joanna Kalm

Performance and choreography: Jenna Broas, Bridget Lappin, Eleni Papaioannou, Gabi Serani and Joanna Kalm

Premiere: 25th June 2015 at Robin Howard Dance Theatre, London

“I believe in myself enough to say that I could have choreographed a good dance piece, one that the audience would actually like and enjoy. But where would be the fun in that for me, for the dance artists I am working with, for the audience? Where would be the excitement? The risk? I am not interested in the safe, in the ‘this works well’, in producing conditionally new work. I want to make unconditionally new work. But how? (Don’t know) It is a search. Not for what has already been established in our contemporary dance fashion, but for what lies further down the road of ‘this does not work’. I think I am going to fail. Fortunately I have people who are willing to fail with me. And this makes me happy.” - Joanna Kalm

Photo: Kasia Witek

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Moving Cities

2015

Photographic project by Jevan Chowdhury.

Moving Cities captures international dancers in real settings. Dance, cars, trains, planes.

Cities are mesmerising. Moving Cities celebrates this.

Photos: Jevan Chowdhury

Dancers: Jenna Broas, Madeleine Jonsson and Mari Ishida

15th of June 2015, London.

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The Illuminations

2015

Photography and concept: Clara Giaminardi

Styling: Shaheen Peer

London

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Projected

2015

Choreography and design: Anders Duckworth

Music: Chris Edwards

Lighting: Seth Williams

Performance: Jenna Broas and Eleni Papaioannou

Photos: Lee Carter and Anders Duckworth

Two characters have emerged from the world of celluloid. Seeing their projected memories realised unearths questions of what is 2D or 3D, fantasy or reality.

A collaboration between Anders Duckworth and sound artist Chris Edwards, Projected draws inspiration from our brief relationship with the celluloid image and our ability to understand a string of still images as a real universe.

Premiered at the Robin Howard Theatre, London 8th of January 2015.

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#urbanflowevent (rivercities)

2014

Director: Carolyn Deby

Collaborating Artists:Alexandra Baybutt, Jenna Broas, Mark Carberry, Jia-Yu Corti, AnnaCarin Isaksson, Florencia Martina and Erwin Semler

Student dancers: Katy Ayling, Antonin Chediny, Laura Lorenzi and Letitia Wilkinson

Violinist: Susanna Ferrar

Stamford Hill Over 50’s Folk Dancers: Alice Hitchin, with dancers from University of the 3rd Age

Rowers: Ashley Ringshaw and Lea Rowing Club

Production Management: Louise de Villiers

Crew: Adam Holton, Keith Lim, Dávid Somló, Veronika Szabó

Funded by Arts Council England, Canal & River Trust, and Thames21.

Photo: Carolyn Deby

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flo

2014

(Short film 3’40)

Commission work by Carolyn Deby sirenscrossing as part of #urbanflowevent (rivercities). The film is in response to rivercities research along the River Lea, considering the flows of urban and wild. #urbanflowevent (rivercities) is a pilot project investigating through performance, words/images, and social media, the human connection to intersecting systems of flow in East London along the River Lea – considering networks of human waste/sewage, water supply, body water at cellular and body systems levels, and everyday human movements.

Film and editing: Jenna Broas

Performance: Florencia Martina

Supported by Arts Council England, Canal & River Trust, and Thames21, with Save Lea Marshes

Photos: Jenna Broas

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Northern dimension - Pohjoinen ulottuvuus

2014

(Short film 5’19)

Directed, edited and performance: Jenna Broas

Text: Laura Kaikkonen and Matti Tauru edited by Jenna Broas

Filming: Anne Broas-Aula

Part of a research project on the relation of the Nordic landscape, culture and art.

2014

Dance Film Festival UK

2015

Finnish Dance Shorts in Brooklyn, NY

Athens Video Dance Project

Photos: Screenshots from the film

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Arctic

2014

Inspired by the film Lovers of the Arctic Circle, this group choreography focuses on a contemporary interpretation of Inuit traditions. It is a group searching for love and trying to survive in the most extreme conditions. Love, death, destiny, nature, and coincidence are intertwined in a deeply touching work.

Premiered: March 2014 Robin Howard Theatre, London.

Direction and choreography: Jose Agudo

Composer: Vinz "the Artist"

Performance: Antonio Branco, Jenna Broas, Olivia Brown, Simea Cavelti, Anders Duckworth, Valerie Ebuwa, Iris Huang, Paige Jackson, Erika Masu, Katie Neal, Ryan Pickering, Iro Vas

Lighting: Michael Mannion

Costume: Sara Rigden

Photos: Danilo Moroni

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Shadower

2013

(Short film 5’14)

Director: Samuel Parnell

Choreographer: Jenna Broas in collaboration with the dancers

Cinematographer: Damien Gray Editors: Damien Gray and Samuel Parnell

Dancers: Ben Jones, Emilie De Roo, Ryan Yamauchi and Lexi Hughes

Sound score: Chris Edwards

Special thanks to Gabriela Tropia, Chris Elliot, Kevan Gray, Nagore Rementeria and Dan Sullivan.

Photos: Screenshots from the film

Jenna Broas

dance artist

Picture: Sanni Siira

about

I am Helsinki based freelance dance artist. I have worked in Finland and in Europe in various projects as a dancer, performer and maker. I hold a MA from the Theatre Academy of the University of Arts Helsinki and a BA from London Contemporary Dance School at The Place. Currently I am exploring on different improvisational techniques, physicality and the potentiality of a performance. I am also interested on teaching and I enjoy sharing my knowledge and collaborating with a variety of artists.

news

17th of May 2019

Tero Saarinen Company Third Practice work-in-progress open rehearsals at the Finnish National Theatre in Helsinki will take place on 17th and 18th May.

https://kansallisteatteri.fi/esitys/third-practice-avoimet-harjoitukset/

https://terosaarinen.com/en/creation/third-practice/

15th of April 2019

Back in the studio with Tero Saarinen Company. Currently working with Tero Saarinen Company for a new production Third Practice, premiering in May 2019. The international co-production will receive its world premiere in Cremona, Italy, at Teatro Amilcare Ponchielli, Rassegna di Danza & Festival Monteverdi, on 29 May 2019. Finnish premiere at Kuopio Dance Festival 17 – 18 June.

https://terosaarinen.com/en/creation/third-practice/

23th of February 2019

Working on a new piece ‘Because of truths we have a hard time’ (working title) at Kutomo residency. Join us on Saturday 2.3.2019 for an open sharing between 6pm and 9pm. More details below.

http://www.ehka.net/because-of-truths-we-have-a-hard-time-work-in-progress/

https://www.facebook.com/kutomoturku/

cv

Download CV here

works

  • 2018

    ANON - The Act of Waiting
  • 2018

    Posthuman days
  • 2018

    Something, or an amount, poured
  • 2018

    Dry storm
  • 2017

    Different but same in this structure of a structure
  • 2017

    Kosto I-IX
  • 2016

    Tila tilassa - Kalasatama
  • 2016

    MESH
  • 2016

    Papers and pens
  • 2015

    As if the fish is the frame
  • 2015

    Moving Cities
  • 2015

    The Illuminations
  • 2015

    Projected
  • 2014

    #urbanflowevent (rivercities)
  • 2014

    flo
  • 2014

    Northern dimension - Pohjoinen ulottuvuus
  • 2014

    Arctic
  • 2013

    Shadower
  • contact