Based in: Finland
Media: Cross Discipline, Public Space, Sound / Performance, Other
Content: Abstract, Gender, Knowledge Production / Discursive, Spiritual, Participatory
Maija Hirvanen is a performance maker, choreographer and artist, based in Helsinki, Finland. Hirvanen has made solo and group performances and collaborations with other artists. Maija’s work has been presented in festivals and venues internationally and in Finland. Hirvanen’s education includes MA in Visual Culture theory and practice (Helsinki University of Arts and Design, now Aalto university), 4-year BA / ‘Crossing Borders in Performing Arts’ and studies in dance. Hirvanen has participated as an invited artist in number of international artist laboratories, most lately the Flying Circus Project in Burma and Singapore, a joint 3 year project of the FIT network Global City Local City and as a lead artist, to a 3 year project 2013-2016 in between Campbelltown Art Centre in Sydney and Zodiak Center for New Dance in Helsinki. Zodiak – Centre for new dance in Helsinki has invited Hirvanen as their house choreographer 2013-2015.
Hirvanen looks at performance as a practice that goes through the layers of our lives, from personal rituals to collective ones, from the complexities of identity politics to the presence of the moving body. She is interested in performance in it's broad perspectives and for it's transformative power. Maija has embodied and combined concepts familiar both to performance art and dance in her artistic work, for instance notions of repetition, consistency, fragmentation, re-structuring and effort. Hirvanen's interests in art have included relations of art and different belief systems, collaborative processes in cultural practice, performance as collective memory, performance and every day media as well as mechanisms of re-learning. These interests seem to be constant and ever deepening.