Social Choreography Lab Helsinki

The Social Choreography Lab Helsinki was formed in 2020 as a collaborative experiment in re-figuring social relations through movement and theory. Directed by Jon Irigoyen in collaboration with Emma Hovi, the Lab is developed primarily through a series of ongoing workshops facilitated by different practitioners.

As we understand, Social Choreography investigates the intersections between embodiment, choreography and political life. It explores how we can learn and unlearn pre-choreographed aspects of our personal, social, cultural and political lives. As a cultural practice, it can create new spaces, preparing the imagination for envisioning new social relations and ecological thinking.

Social Choreography Lab Helsinki is a curated process that currently takes the shape of an ongoing series of gatherings. The Lab is growing its first roots in the context of Helsinki, developing a local format with local collaborators.

Some sessions are facilitated by Jon Irigoyen and Emma Hovi, others are facilitated by invited guests whose practices we believe contribute to developing our understandings of Social Choreography. How can we use Social Choreography as a tool to explore movement in various contexts, artistic or otherwise?

Each facilitator brings their specific interests and experience into play with the idea of Social Choreography as an open-ended practice exploring movement across established disciplines. The sessions are in other words experimental. All gatherings are open to everyone and free of charge. The gatherings offer possibilities for encountering people, practices and ideas that could grow into long-lived collaborations.  

The Social Choreography Lab Helsinki is based at The Performance Arts Centre Eskus - Esitystaiteen keskus ry. Kaasutehtaankatu 1, 00540 Helsinki, Finland.
Similar initiatives are already operating in Frankfurt, Germany and Duke University, USA.

The project is part of Jon Irigoyen's artistic research at Aalto University Department of Art. Project kindly supported by Kone Foundation, and presented in partnership with Esitystaiteen Seura and Aalto University.

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