This video was made at Lapinlahden bay in Helsinki, Finland. It is part of the documentation of the project Depth of the origins of Ariana & Syrjäläinen yhtye.

Daily practices

Nature in me

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.

Winter’s spirits

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.

Belonging/not belonging

Some clips from a research session about “belonging/not belonging”. The research is part of my next project “Over the land of the bear” for 2021. No performing, just noticing. Allowing the information to come and be translated from the body. In the video: Riina Huhtanen (dancer), Taru Koski (dancer), Gabriela Ariana (ecological artist/choreographer) June 2020.

THE TREE OF SHAME (complete performance)

The Tree of Shame is a dance, music, installation work that talks about shame and the need of humans to recycle own body in order to get rid of it. There is so much shame in human bodies, maybe as much as plastic in the ocean. We need to recycle everything, also ourselves. Only by recycling ourselves from shame we might be able to express who we really are, we might be able to connect with ourselves, others and nature. Connection is surviving.
Concept, installation, voice, choreography: Gabriela Ariana
Music: Tuomas Rounakari
Dancers: Taru Kokskinen, Riina Huhtanen and Jukka Tarvainen
Video: Karoliina Hautajärvi
Audio-material (interviews about shame): Emilia Frantsi

Working on the installation for Tree of Shame project. I was really concentrate in this brunches, working with them carefully to be able to return them after to the forest. When they where all hanging from the celling it felt like a real presence of something else, also working team and the public notice it.

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.

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.

2017 Embodying Soul, some clips of the seminar I teach at the University of Chile in Santiago. The seminar was open to artists from different fields and anybody working in education. A very nourishing experience of learning to trust in the quite and in the simple. To give up aesthetics and play once more with no fair of mistaking but letting mistakes be the perfection of the moment. Remembering together the ancestral body we are.

Dance practice by the sea/Mujer sola at Lapinlahti bay in Helsinki

It is the ending of the autumn 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: