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Show photographer Ilkka Saastamoinen

Milla Koistinen: Magenta Haze

  • 5 performances


  • Duration

    1 h, no intermission

  • Venue

    Erkko Hall

  • Tickets

    30-18 €

  • Performances

    Thu 27.10.2022 at 18:30

    Fri 28.10.2022 at 17:00

    Fri 28.10.2022 at 18:30

    Sat 29.10.2022 at 17:00

    Sat 29.10.2022 at 18:30

  • Duration 1 hour, no intermission
  • Artist talk after the performance 27.10.


In the new creation of Milla Koistinen audiences are invited to be in the space and observe the intrinsic choreography arising from the performers’ play with large brightly coloured objects. Created by visual artist Sandra E. Blatterer, the air-filled objects take on different shapes, meanings and associations as the performers explore their materiality, tactility and aural qualities.

With Magenta Haze Koistinen continues her exploration of crowd behavior, the individual within the collective, communal joy and ecstasy. Inspired by the idea that ecstasy is a state where we are taken outside of ourselves and transcend to an ‘elsewhere’ place, Magenta Haze invites the spectator to observe a choreography of subtle tipping points between distance and closeness, togetherness and estrangement; fragility and strength; group and individual.

Choreography by Milla Koistinen together with the performers, sound by composers Paul Valikoski and Grégoire Simon and space and light design by Sandra E. Blatterer.

The work is part of Dance House Helsinki’s SPARK project. Supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, SPARKS is an artistic development project which is carried out in 2020–2023. The project will produce three premieres for both the Erkko Hall and Pannuhall.

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With the SPARKS PASS tickets for both Magenta Haze Outi Markkula's Kulkue - Parad - Parade

Upcoming Sparks performances

Milla Koistinen

Repetition, pedestrian elements, gestures, stillness and movement, order and chaos, shifting from real to imagined space, recognizable and everyday to the strange and poetic are central in the work of Milla Koistinen. Berlin-based Finnish choreographer studied at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki and obtained an MA in Choreography from the HZT Berlin.

She has worked among others with Kristian Smeds, Hiroaki Umeda, Peter Verhelst, Cie Heddy Maalem, Christine Gaigg and Hans van den Broeck. Her creations have been played in radialsystem, Tanzhaus NRW, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Mad House Helsinki, Barker-theatre Turku, ARGEKultur Salzburg, Fabriktheater Zürich, Dampfzentrale Bern, Ballhaus Ost and in Uferstudios Berlin. Koistinen has collaborated with Jochen Arbeit, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, director Michael Rauter, directors Jemina Sillanpää and Janne Reinikainen at the Finnish National Theatre and with soundpoet Dirk Huelstrunk. In the summer 2010 she was one of the danceWEB scholarship recipients in Impulstanz Vienna. She has worked as a guest teacher at SEAD Salzburg, the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Tanzhaus NRW, Sasha Waltz & Guests, Toula Limnaios Company, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Munich DancePAT, Tanzhaus Zürich, Theatre Academy of Helsinki, the University of Tampere, HZT Berlin, Marameo and DOCK 11 in Berlin, Espace Catastrophe in Brussels and PAC Ramallah. In the spring 2019 Milla Koistinen was invited as a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki.

In 2020-2024 Milla Koistinen’s work is supported by apap – FEMINIST FUTURES – a project co-founded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.


Excerpt from Milla Koistinen's interview with Arte channel, in which she talks about her solo work Breathe.

Concept, direction and choreography

Milla Koistinen

Creation and performance (alternating)

Raul Aranha, Simon Chatelain, Fanny Didelot, Milla Koistinen, Jin Lee, Elise Ludinard, Nitsan Margaliot, Angelo Petracca


Grégoire Simon, Paul Valikoski

Space and light

Sandra E. Blatterer


Synne Behrndt


Jin Lee

Production manager

Jana Lüthje

Production assistant

Birke Van Maartens

Produced by

Dance House Helsinki

Co-produced by

Szene Salzburg and apap – FEMINIST FUTURES, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union


Radialsystem and Tanzfabrik Berlin


NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Cultural Foundation and TelepART Mobility Support

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