about

Dance artist, creative director, entrepreneur and Doctor of Philosophy. In that order. Endlessly curious movement junkie exploring the interfaces of art, science and societies.

moi, hola, hi

I am Hanna-Maija, dance artist, choreographer and PhD. I’m also a mother, a feminist, and an activist who believes firmly that art and communication can change the world.

I currently work as a freelance dance artist, the artistic director of Textual Motion Company and a dance teacher. I am especially interested in community art, feminist art and bringing art to multiple audiences.

I have a wide ranged technical background, combined with a strong caribbean street dance and afrocuban knowledge, that have allowed me to perform, teach and choreograph both in Europe as in Latin America.

Born in Finland, raised in Finland and Nicaragua, I am multicultural and deeply intrigued of the human nature, and how human beings organize their world.

Having a PhD from Cultural Studies, my work as an artist often combines multidiciplinary approaches and ongoing social discussions.

For me both dance and research are ultimately ways of organizing, understanding and reflecting the world around us. As a dancer, I conclude, explain and tell stories though movement, and as a researcher I do the same with words. Both aim to produce knowledge, express and investigate our surroundings, and sometimes make declarations.

You can read my full curriculum in Finnish here.

If you feel that your project could benefit from may participation don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d love to create something together!

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