Mirva Mäkinen (Finland)

Mirva Mäkinen 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: www.actascenica.teak.fi/makinen-mirva

Love, Mirva


Performance-LAB with Mirva


This video is giving little taste of the Laboratory.

Main question in this Performance-Lab is choice making in contact improvisation. What kind of choices I make when i dance? What is my inner landscape? How do I connect with environment and nature while I dance? We will explore how sensory experiences of Contact Improvisation affects the choice making. We will also explore some of the main technical principals of contact improvisation. 

Once we start exploring our questions about the choice making, we then can look at how this applies to our values in contact improvisation. Are we allowing the other person to see our bodily environments and our inner landscapes? Can we still have our sensations alive while being seen? Can we still connect to listening, seeing and sensing? 

These questions have lead me to a further exploration of the sensations and intuition that guide my journey in contact improvisation. Curiosity to improvise in a present moment and finding connection between senses, nature and moments of surprise. I am interested in helping to create a space where nature is supporting contact improvisation and the experience that we share together with other person.