You never know what’s coming. There’s only intuition and the never-ending need to create new worlds and bring up emotions.

Satu Tuomisto loves stretching the limits of contemporary dance by combining different forms of music, motion, expression and arts in order to provide the audiences with emotional and kinetic experiences.

Originally from Helsinki, this contemporary dance choreographer graduated from London Middlesex University in 2000, 2011-2013 worked as the Artistic Director of JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre and 2014 was awarded a five year Artist Grant by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

In 1993 Tuomisto followed her sister to a jazz dance class perfectly unaware of the path she had chosen. Satu’s new passion soon turned into daily practice and after high school she enrolled in Orivesi College of Arts to study contemporary dance. Inspired by her teachers, Satu applied to London Middlesex University and got accepted on the first try. After graduating in 2000 Satu did her internship at The Place theatre which became her home for nearly ten years. During that period Satu had time to carry out her own projects, deliver workshops and make the most of living in the global dance metropolis, enjoying its endless possibilities. In 2009 Satu decided it was time to head home – for a while at least.

After finishing Olenko Olento (Am I A Creature) at Dance Theatre Raatikko in 2009, Satu was determined to stay in Finland and figure out what she really wanted from dance. She listened to some music and lyrics that inspired her and started to put pieces together by asking the artists she liked to collaborate with her. In the last few years this has resulted in several productions that have taken Satu’s repertoire on a whole new level. The recent productions include Close (Lähellä) for the Finnish National Ballet, premiered in the Finnish National Opera in 2011 (music by Jukka Poika and Selecta Andor), Kara and Oke (produced by JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre and Oulu University of Applied Sciences in 2011), On The Kitchen Table (Keittiönpöydällä) with Mariska and Pahat Sudet Orchestra (produced by Zodiak in 2011) and Säätö (2010) for URB-festival in Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Satu’s work Frenzy (Vimmaa) (produced by JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre and Oulu City Theatre in 2012) won The Jury’s First Prize in 638 Kilo Tanz Festival in Germany and after Springdance Festival is continuing the touring in places such as Japan, Korea and Colombia. Halu (2013, NOW Dance Company (Seoul, South Korea), Matralab/Hexagram (Montreal, Canada) and JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre) and Sinua (2013, JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre, Rimpparemmi, Routa and Full Moon Dance) were large co-productions. Bare (Riisuttuna) (2014, JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre, Oulu City Theatre, Oulu Music Festival) stirred a lot of media attention due to the nudity.

“I like to approach my work from the audience’s point of view. By combining challenging physical movement with interesting themes I aim to touch and leave a trace. The aim of contemporary dance is to open minds and provide new perspectives on life and humanity.”

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