The art of co-production

What makes a good co-production? An artistic perspective on a production matter.

Thursday December 13th
13:00 – 14:30
Bíó Paradís, Hverfisgata 54

How do co-production partners and choreographers collaborate to meet their respective needs and priorities during the artistic process? Swedish choreographer Björn Säfsten and Simone Willeit, executive manager at Uferstudios in Berlin, share their views about what makes a good co-production.
Moderator: Pirjetta Mulari, head cultural producer at Annantalo Arts Centre in Helsinki.


Pirjetta Mulari currently works as a head cultural producer at Annantalo, a multidisciplinary arts centre for children and young people in Helsinki, where she is in charge of programming performances, residencies, workshops, events and exhibitions. Beforehand, Mulari worked as the International Affairs Manager at Dance Info Finland during 11 years, developing the organisation’s international scope through exchange programs, co-production and residencies. Pirjetta Mulari has been active in Nordic collaboration projects (keðja, ICE HOT, Nordic Circle of Artistic Management), and is the Finnish partner for the Aerowaves network in Europe. Before working at Dance Info Finland, Mulari held managerial positions in different organisations, including Helsinki 2000 – European Cultural City office, Nomadi Productions, Heureka – the Finnish Science Centre and Dance Arena. She holds a MA in Dance Studies from the Laban Centre in London and has studied Physical Education, Law and Cultural Politics in Finland. Mulari worked as a choreographer and a dance teacher before turning to arts management.

Björn Säfsten is a Swedish choreographer who presents his work and collaborations through Säfsten Production, a platform for choreographic creation, artistic research and experimentation within the fields of choreography, politics, language and identity production. In the work and practice of Björn Säfsten, the body, the mind and their connected actions are scrutinized, dissected and exposed. The focus is on creating “another body”, another notion of human physicality, bringing to life images that visually challenge our notion of human nature. Säfsten’s work thus takes visual twists and turns, often moulding itself while being performed, establishing itself anew with each audience encounter. Björn Säfsten has an extensive experience of production residencies and co-productions.

Since 2016 Simone Willeit shares the management of Uferstudios in Berlin with Barbara Friedrich. Uferstudios is an independent and self-financing organization that aims to cater to the needs of the artist-in-residence and create a flexible residency. Between 2008 and 2016, Willeit co-managed Tanzbüro Berlin, an institution dedicated to improving the working and production conditions of dancers and choreographers based in Berlin, to enhance their visibility and to accompany the artists. Before she moved to arts administration, Willeit worked as a performer in the freelance dance communities of Berlin and New York, and as a dramaturge and production manager for diverse companies and festivals. She studied theatre and cultural sciences at Humboldt University in Berlin and is a spokesperson for Koalition der Freien Szene Berlin since its foundation in 2012.


The seminar is presented by Nordic Circle of Artistic Management, a capacity building program designed by SITE Sweden, Project Center in Dansehallerne, Performing Arts Hub Norway, Arts Management Helsinki and Dance Atelier Reykjavík. Supported by Nordic Culture Point, the Nordic Culture Fund, the Danish Arts Foundation, the Swedish Arts Council and the Finish Arts Promotion Centre.
Nordic Circle of Artistic Management:

Pirjetta Mulari: Petri Mulari
Björn Säfsten: Chrisander Brun
Simone Willeit: All rights reserved