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Nov. 9, 2011
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Helsinki’s 25th Moving in November festival held (Oct. 29 – Nov. 6, 2011)
This contemporary dance festival now held every November in the Finnish capital of Helsinki since was originally launched in 1986. In 2011 the festival celebrated its 25th anniversary with a program of eight invited works from Poland, Belgium and France, including several world premieres.
Featured in the festival opening was the first new work by the Polish choreographer Dasha Mazurka in 15 years. Titled Doubt in Frame/Queen of Sweden Killed Descartes, it focuses on the theme of doubt in relation to the different domains of culture such as sexuality, religion and the history of philosophy. It is a new creation constructed of modules in Mazurka’s “Open Source” form based on the IT concept and brings together three Finnish choreographers and media artists and a Lithuanian actor in collaboration.
Other works on the program include Parades & Changes, replay in expansion, which is French choreographer Anne Collod’s recreation of the 1965 work by one of the pioneers of postmodern dance in the United States, Anna Halprin; the work Ideography by 24-year-old French artist Noe Soulier, which connects philosophical concepts with art; and the 1996 work, de l’air et du vent, which is one of the major works of choreographer Pierre Droulers, who is known as one of the artistic directors of Belgium’s Charleroi/Danses. Another work in the lineup is Exposition Universelle by Algerian choreographer Rachid Ouramdane that powerfully depicts the gap between ideologies and the individual.
Three dance films directed by Thierry De Mey were presented. They feature choreographies by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, William Forsythe and Thomas Hauert. There was also a documentary about the legendary American choreographer Anna Halprin.

Festival Outline
Launched in the mid-1980s, this festival has continued to play an important role in stimulating the contemporary dance scene in Helsinki and the surrounding communities. In its early years the festival sought to be a platform for providing financial support for contemporary dance but today the focus is primarily on inviting outstanding artists and works and providing performance opportunities for new works. From 2005 the festival has become annual and changed its focus to one of a festival that disseminates information from Helsinki to the world. The venues include the Zodiak – Center for New Dance, known as a mecca for new dance in Finland. The festival is organized by Dance Arena, a federation of four dance organizations including the JoJo - Oulu Dance Centre founded in 2000 and The Union of Finnish Dance Artists. This federation also organizes other dance festivals in Finland (Side Step Festival, Ruutia! festival for children and youth).
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