Maija Hirvanen

Art and Love

Maija Hirvanen’s frank and warm-hearted lecture performance shows that love should be wasted.

Thursday December 13th
19:30 – 20:30
Kassinn, National Theatre Lindargata 7

Love is an eroded, worn out, misused, contaminated word.
Love is the most important word of all.
Love is the more difficult and more incorrect sibling of empathy.
Love is a verb.

In her choreographic lecture performance Art and Love, Maija Hirvanen’s moves with micro level observations and big questions at the same time. How to do and perform love? What is the part of love in art? As in her previous work, Hirvanen thinks about how we as humans should not lose our bodily relation to the rituals through which connections to others are being created.

Art and Love invites what is less obvious within the frameworks of these massive and eternal themes. Evoking both thoughts and feelings, Hirvanen lays out the millions of years old basis of love and weaves them together with the present moment. Speech and physical acts run in parallel in the dramaturgy of the performance.

Choreographer / Company

Maija Hirvanen is a choreographer and performance maker based in Helsinki. Her work has been presented in festivals and venues internationally and in Finland, for instance at Zodiak, Kiasma, Baltic Circle Festival, Helsinki Festival, Tanz im August, ImpulsTanz, Sadler’s Wells, SPRING Festival, Seoul Performing Arts Festival and Dansens Hus Stockholm.

Maija’s work has taken place mostly at stages in addition to which she has made site specific work and performed in galleries. Hirvanen has participated in international artist laboratories as an invited artist and collaborated with other artists. Her interests in art have included relations of art and different belief systems, performance as collective memory and mechanisms of re-learning.


Performance and choreography: Maija Hirvanen
Lecture assistant on stage: Hanna Ahti or Hannah Ouramo
Lighting design: Heikki Paasonen
Sound design: Markus Lindén
Residency support: Santarcangelo Festival
Production: Zodiak – Uuden tanssin keskus, Maija Hirvanen



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