Works, practices and projects
I have being working for more than 15 years as an ecological artist. It has being a journey of research, unfolding, doing/undoing, remembering from the memories of my cells, from the memories of nature, and over everything experiencing nature, myself us nature, experience my ancestral body through the layers of time and through the layers of my body. My work includes many ways of expression: dance, voice, archaic singing, installations, field art. I am interest to rise the real story of humans and nature, an story that haven’t being yet told, the story of the experiences registered on the memory of our cells, the story of what has really happened, that it is mostly hidden in the unconscious of our bodies, this untamed expression, the right of the need to rise, that influence the way we live and relate with each others and nature around.
Here some of my latest projects and practices
Project: Over the land of the Bear. March-December 2021
This is a project about how as human we inhabit Earth and how, going through the layers of the body we can get deeply sensitive and aware of how much we influence our environment and, at the same time, how much our environment is influencing us.
In this project also, I work with issues of belonging/not belonging, from own experiences of 21 years as an immigrant in Finland and how the connection with nature rises up body memories. My movements, my presence, the sounds/songs I give birth, are about expressing the experience of nature connection, which it is a continues exchange, a cycle itself, of getting deep in ones origin.
The memories of the body awake, deeper and deeper, more far away memories that can take me even more far. The movement, the voice are bringing this memories to the present moment and became the present moment expression towards the future, still, everything is here and just here.
What this past memories as present expression bring and the will of expressing them, even through the difficulties and pains, is what creates the print I am letting to the memory of nature. Maybe one day my imprinted memories will need to be rise up for others and I hope those prints will serve them well.
This project is financed by the Finnish Cultural Foundation. My work includes ecosomatic practices through movement, dance, singing, field-art and writing.
Mentoring program of ecosomatic art and education
Working day, exploring. With the Chilean artist Leslie Apablaza. Reflecting on the project Nature in me, at the Mentoring program of ecological art and education, that I hold here in Finland. Video: Karoliina Hautajärvi. The artist Leslie Apablaza was financed by the National Arts Foundation of Chile to be part of this program.
Project: Nature in me
Project: Winter research on snow, eyes, breath and movement
Winter in Finland at -27 celsius. Connecting with nature. The ice and the snow possesses an ancient energy, something that could relate me with an era before humanity exist and, at the same time, something that relates us with a far future, when everything will became again like that. My body felt amazed and thankful for the winters deep pause, the silent, the simplicity of the landscape. In the snow field where nobody has walked yet, own print became clear and reminds me that, that’s how it happens, we are always living prints in every step we make, all of us. Influencing and changing nature. And we can choose what print we want to let behind, at least at certain level. Video: Karoliina Hautajärvi.
Practice: TOUCH, giving-receiving cycle, belonging and not belonging…
The tree of shame
The tree of shame, it is a choreography- installation and music performance. The performance explore on the theme of shame and the possibility and necessity to express it as a way to recycle the body from it. At the same time we are connecting this situation with the situation of climate crisis that reflects the state of human beings. The performance’s short text is in Finnish language. Choreographer: Gabriela Ariana Music: Tuomas Rounakari and Gabriela Ariana Dancers: Riina Huhtanen, Taru Koski, Jukka Tarvainen Caisa cultural center, Helsinki-Finland. August 2019.
Tree of shame-rehearsals
The video under is from a rehearsals of The tree of Shame. Practicing with voice, contact, sensitiveness on the theme of shame in the body and moving shame. Dancers: Taru Koski, Riina Huhtanen and Jukka Tarvainen. Choreographer: Gabriela Ariana. Video: Karolina Hautajärvi. August 2019.
At the studio: improvisation session
Working at the studio of Harri Kentala, with the musician Ville Syrjäläinen. Doing recording and starting a research that we will be sharing with you already this year, but mainly during 2021. We will be with on-line and also live performance events. Here some clips from our session on the 03.09.2020.Dance practice by the sea/Mujer sola at Lapinlahti bay in Helsinki
It is the ending of the autumn 2020 in Finland, still couple of degrees over 0. I see the dance that is around me, everything is in movement and I let it pass though me. In this video I am practicing with sensing the outside around and the inside of my body in constant communication, in a constant exchange. I practice to discover how much the body carries the sense of belonging/not belonging in relationship with the moment. The music is a song I record in September 2019. If you wish to listen the whole version is in the next video under that one.