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Orig­i­nal Pho­to: Pavel Fil­ip, © 2022 Alexan­der Komlosi

Openings 

An international workshop in the performing arts 
to develop creative relationships and performance situations
through dramatic play and improvisation

You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Embody me.
Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
From “Go to the Limits of Your Longing” by Rainer Maria Rilke

Welcome! In this blog, I and other members of the Openings working group will reflect on our three-month workshop process.

If you'd like to read more about the goals and description of the workshop, please check out this page.

Special thanks to our sponsors, whose financial support has made this unique opportuity possible. They are: Arts Council Finland, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Helsinki City, and The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland.

OPENINGS — MEET THE WORKSHOP WORKING GROUP: Malin KIVELÄ

Malin Kivelä is a writer from Helsinki. She has published several novels, children's books and plays. She has studied journalism and acting and likes to dance, read and watch tv. Interviewer: Diego Ginartes. Interview © 2022 Kulttuuriyhdistys Culture Current...

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OPENINGS — MEET THE WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS: CARL ARM

Carl studied at the Theatre Academy of Finland. Since his graduation in 2010 he has worked extensively within the performing arts field both in Finland and internationally. In Openings he is very much enjoying the creative and respectful atmosphere everyone is...

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OPENINGS — MEET THE WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS: WILLIAM RIVERA

William is originally from Colombia, but for the last 13 years of his life, he has been living in Finland. His main expertise has been in the area of program/project management which has taken place in the area of development cooperation and humanitarian aid within...

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OPENINGS — MEET THE WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS: SARAH PUUKKA

Sarah Puukka is a Danish-Finnish actor and writing enthusiast based in Helsinki. She holds a master's degree in Nordic Literature where her main interest has been in the links between existential philosophy and literature. She has studied...

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Openings Workshop: Final open session

After three months of developing creative relationships and performance situations through dramatic play and (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner, the Openings workshop final open session will be on May 25, 2022 at 7PM at Esitystaiteen keskus in Helsinki, Finland....

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OPENINGS — MEET THE WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS: JENINE SIMONS

Jenine is a singing and improvisational theater-enthusiast, as well as a medical doctor.  She studied and completed her medical residency in the UK. After moving to Finland, Jenine embarked on a transformational journey of exploring drama-, art- and...

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OPENINGS — MEET THE WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS: HANNA IJÄS

Hanna Ijäs is a visual artist and a performer currently based in Helsinki. She has a degree in Fine Arts from the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague (NL) where she lived and worked before recently returning to Finland. Ijäs mainly works with text, performance and...

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OPENINGS — MEET THE WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS: Maria Ga’tsal

Maria Ga'tsal is a Mexican-Spanish actress, dancer, and movement artist. Maria did her bachelor's degree in acting in California and matured professionally as a dancer and movement artist in Germany and the Netherlands. She has experience on stage and behind the...

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OPENINGS — Meet the workshop Participants: INGRID ANDRÉ

Our second interview is with Ingrid André Ingrid is a Belgian artist based in Helsinki. She works across dance, visual arts, and psycho-somatic practices. After her dance studies, she worked as a contemporary dancer for Skånes Dansteater Malmö, Philipp Egli Zürich,...

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OPENINGS — Meet the workshop Participants: SARA PALMER

As part of the Openings process, we're interviewing all our participants in order to open up who they are, why they've joined the workshop, and what the process is giving them. Our first interview is with Sara Palmer. Sara is an improviser, actor, writer, and...

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OPENINGS — REFLECTIONS

Week 4 Posted March 30, 2022 Week 4 was the last of an intensive introduction to (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner (aka IwIP).   In this blog post, we’ll read reflections from Openings participants about what has changed in their IwIP over those introductory...

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OPENINGS — REFLECTIONS

Week 3 Posted March 25, 2022 We’re one week behind on our blog entries due to illness, but we’re catching up.  Today we have a longer, two-part blog entry. Our blog entry for week 4 will be published next week. Part One includes reflections from working group...

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OPENINGS — REFLECTIONS

Week 2 Posted March 21, 2022 My apologies for the delay in posting week two’s blog entry.  This was caused by my falling ill on Friday of week two.  I’m now back in action. In this blog entry, I’ll reflect on our work during week two. Before I do, a brief...

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OPENINGS — REFLECTIONS

Week 1 Posted March 4, 2022 My first thoughts are how lovely it is that we can finally begin after so much preparation! It's been years, actually, considering all the applications for funding and the delays caused by the big "C" virus. It threw a spanner in the...

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