An introduction from the teachers who will lead Festival intensives...

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Intensive with Mirva Mäkinen

About the Intensive

Movable support and gentle flying technique

Contact improvisation is based on the communication between two moving people that are in physical contact and their combined relationship to the physical laws that govern their movement; gravity, momentum, inertia. The body, in order to feel these sensations, learns to release excess muscular tension and abandon a certain quality of willfulness to experience the natural flow of movement. This class will include rolling, falling, being upside down, following a physical point of contact, supporting and giving weight to a partner. We will aim towards movable support and gentle flying technique.

Here a short clip of video:

About Mirva Mäkinen

Mirva graduated as a Doctor of Dance from University of Arts in Helsinki in 2018. Her doctoral research is about Somaesthetics of Contact Improvisation. She graduated (MA) from the Dance Department from the University of Arts, Finland in 2000, before that she did masters of Physical Education from University of Jyväskylä.  

From 2000 onwards she has been a dance teacher, choreographer and lecturer for dance at the Kallio Upper Secondary School of Performing Arts. She has been teaching in several international dance and contact improvisation festivals. Mirva has been working with with many different dance companies and choreographers, here few of them: Dance company Karttunen Kollektiv (choreographer Jyrki Karttunen), New Circus Company Circo Aereo, choreographer Joona Halonen, Echo Echo dance company (Ireland), collaboration with Frey Faust and collaboration with Joerg Hassmann. At the moment she is working with Finnish choreographer Valtteri Raekallio.

"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 breathe and create movement."

Here link to my phd:

Mirva and Echo Echo

Echo Echo has a great connection with Mirva. She was part of the multinational improvisation project Motion Ensemble that took place in Derry in summer 2013. In 2015, Mirva brought her absolutely unique and beautiful piece Spherical Space, which was part of her PhD research, to Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement. We are very happy that this year we can welcome her as one of the Intensive Teachers in Echo Echo Contact Improvisation Festival!