Embodiment. The Element of Water.

In collaboration with Artists at Risk organisation, Pirkanmaa Dance Centre has invited dance artist Iryna Tychyna from Ukraine, Kyiv, to work in Haihara Residency during September. The project involves also two local dance artists Emma Heinonen and Laura Chambers to work in collaboration with Tychyna. During their residency, the group is researching human nature and our connection to the element of water and its endless qualities that we have the ability to feel. 

Tychyna, Heinonen and Chambers will have an open event on Friday 22th of September in Haihara mansion, where the audience can observe a moving installation. During the residency the group is working towards a dance film and in the open event they will be showing concepts that will be seen in the coming film. The residency is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

The event is free of charge.

For artists coming to the Artists Meeting at 19:30, please register: toimisto@pirkanmaantanssinkeskus.fi and write in the message also your restrictions and allergies concerning food. 


18:00 – 18:45 work-in-progress showing  

18:45 – 19:15 open discussion 

19:30 – 21:00 artist meeting with snacks (for registered) 

IRYNA TYCHYNA dancer, actress, director, researcher of movement Iryna Tychyna is a Ukrainian artist working at the intersection of multiple genres. With experience in Plastic Drama Theater (Kyiv) and a background in classical ballet and improvisation, Iryna is a skilled movement researcher. She has participated in poetry readings at the Theater Center “Word and Voice” (Lviv) and has also explored videopoetry. Her interests in anthropology and psychology have informed her work. She has completed a director’s course in dramatic and modern theater. Iryna is inspired by the exploration of human beings and aims to create profound and meaningful works of art on stage or in a visual medium.

LAURA CHAMBERS is a Finnish/British dancer currently based in Tampere, Finland. After graduating from London Studio Centre in 2016 she was involved with several different professional as well as community-based grassroots art projects in London and Ireland (Pure Creative Arts, Blake Arts Collective, Fleet Arts Collective, Fleet Festival, Fizz and Chips Theatre Company, Primrose Hill Primary School, Victoria Hill School of Ballet). Through these groups Laura gained experience in performance, teaching, choreography, directing, facilitating, leading workshops, and co-creating as part of collectives, as well developed her skills in working with different demographics.

Public spaces, community building, and the relationship between movement and language are some of Laura’s creative interests. Most recently she has finished a 40-day European tour as a core artist in a Creative Europe funded research and performance project, rail2dance, in which an international team of dance artists conducted research on making performances in public spaces. Currently she is working as a freelance dancer, dance teacher and a community dance artist in Tampere while completing a master’s program in Multilingual Communications and Translation Studies in the University of Tampere.

EMMA HEINONEN is a Tampere-based dance artist, dance teacher and communications professional. She graduated from Savonia University of Applied Sciences as a dance teacher and also studied as part of his degree at Dans och Cirkushögskolan in Stockholm. In addition, she has graduated from the journalism education program of Turku University of Applied Sciences.

In her artistic work, Heinonen combines scientific and journalistic information with movement and explores the human things that movement can tell and what can be expressed. In her art, Heinonen deals with social issues, bringing people and humanity to their center.