Contemporary dance is today defined by a heterogenous plurality.
Professor, TeaK/Master's Degree Programme in Choreography
Kirsi Monni has been invited to the post of Professor in Choreography for another five-year term, at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. Hence, she will continue in the post until the end of the year 2018.
Monni has had a long career as a choreographer, dancer, teacher and curator. Her list of works includes over 30 contemporary dance pieces with a common denominator of comprehensiveness of bodily articulation and usage of different forms of expression and philosophical orientation. She has been founding, building, and co-directing Zodiak – Centre for New Dance for two decades and been a member of the artistic directors group of the Theatre Academy’s Helsinki Act festival, as well as a Zodiak’s Side Step Festival.
Monni has received numerous awards, e.g. Suomi palkinto – Finland state prize/award from the National Council for Circus and Dance and the five year state artist grant in 1996, 2002, and 2008.
In 2004, Monni was granted the Doctoral Degree in Dance at the Theatre Academy. The written part of her dissertation was the first broad theory concerning the ontology of dance to be published in Finnish. In her artistic dissertation, she researched changes in dance paradigms in the 20th century and created new dance ontology with the help of Martin Heidegger’s philosophy of existence and art ontology. Monni has been Theatre Academy’s Professor in Choreography since the beginning of 2009 and is the Head of the Master’s Degree Programme in Choreography. She has also been a member of the Theatre Academy’s board (2010-2012), Research Council and Tutke’s management group (2009-2013), Department of Dance’s management group (2009-2013), publication committee (2009-) Chair 2014. She also writes and edits for the Kinesis dance publication series.
Doctor of Arts (Dance), professor in choreography, director of the MA program in choreography, Theatre Academy board, research council, publishing committee (ch.), editor of the publishing series Kinesis, supervising doctoral students, supervising and examining MA theses. Research interest is in dance ontology and performance theory. Teaching areas are: history and theory of choreography, dance as an art form, composition, score and source based choreography, supervising the artistic productions, dance film, movement research (Authentic movement -practice, perception practice), improvisation.
My teaching areas are:
- history and theory of choreography
- dance as an art form
- composition, score and source based choreography
- supervising the artistic productions
- dance film
- movement research (Authentic movement -practice, perception practice),
- thesis seminar.
I have worked as a professional choreographer and dancer since the 1980s. I have created thirty evening length choreographies, for the free lancer field and for commissioning institutions. My works have been presented in the venues such as Zodiak-centre for new dance, Helsinki Festival, Helsinki Dance Company, Ateneum-hall, Aurinkobaletti, Theatre Academy, Kuopio Dance and music Festival, Full Moon Festival, Tampere Theatre Festival and international festivals.
Work as a professional choreographer, main choreographies:
2015 Väkivaltaa näyttämöllä- representaatiolaboratorio (Violence on stage – representation laboratory), Zodiak uuden tanssin keskus, Z-free. Yhdessä Joona Halonen, Mikko Hynninen
2007 Lichtweg 2. – solo. Tanssi virtaa Tampereella & Tanssin aika Jyväskylässä festivals.
2006 Friedenplatz – trio. Commissioned by Moving in November festival. Co-produced by Zodiak – Center for New Dance.
2006 Lichtweg – solo. Commissioned by Moving in November festival. Co-produced by Zodiak – Center for New Dance.
2005 Aika-kvartetto (Time Quartet). Zodiak – Center for New Dance.
2001 Toisia Ääniä (Other Voices). Commissioned by Helsinki City Theatre Dance Company
1999 Saattamus (Movement Chanting). Zodiak- Center for New Dance.
1998 Ancient Bodies. Commissioned by Helsinki City Theatre Dance Company
1997 Ki-ai. Commissioned by Ateneum-hall, Finnish National Gallery.
1996 Ofelia. Commissioned by Helsinki Festival.
1996 10.000 oliota (10.000 Creatures). Zodiak- Center for New Dance.
1995 Napatuulia (Polewinds ). Commissioned by Theatre Academy, Helsinki.
1995 Maan Ääres (On the Edge of the World ), commissioned by Aurinkobaletti /Sunballet.
1994 Noname. Zodiak Presents.
1994 Für Valeska – homage to Valeska Gert. Zodiak Presents.
1993 Skolaris. Site Spesific, installation. Commissioned by Modern Art Museum. Collaboration chor. Sanna Kekäläinen, Aulikki Nukala, Jari Kauppinen.
1993 Arcanum. Zodiak Presents.
1993 Tellus1991- Auringon kukkia (Sunflowers ). Zodiak Presents.
1991 Taivastalossa (In the House of Heaven), site spesific, installation. Collaboration chor. Commissioned by Vasa Festival.
1990 Mysteries in My Mind. Zodiak Presents.
1990 Yhdeksän etsivää ja loistava lähde (Nine persons Searching and the Glooming Well). Commissioned by Theatre Academy, Helsinki.
1989 Genius Homunculii. Zodiak Presents. Collaboration chor. Ari Tenhula, Tiina Helisten.
1986 Valkoisen kaupunki. (White man’s city) Commissioned by Theatre Academy, Helsinki.
1985 This heat 2, free lancer production.
1984 This Heat 1, free lancer production.
Choreographies in Theatre:
1997 Shakespeare: Machbeth, director Gama Kinkas, Helsinki City Theatre
1990 Tuija Kokkonen: Minä hysterian herra, director Pieta Koskenniemi, Kemi City Theatre.
Videoinstallation: A Place in a Landscape Collaboration with Nukala, Kauppinen, Sormunen. Turku Art Museum, Vaasa Art Museum, Moving in November Festival Old Student House, Helsinki.
Festival performances abroad and Finland:
Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Italy, Russia, Makedonia, Hong Kong, Helsinki Festival, Kuopio Dance and Music Festival, Tampere Theatre Festival, Pyhäjärvi Full Moon dances, Turku mini forum, Moving in November festival.
My research interests are dance ontology and performance theory.
The written part of my artistic dissertation is in finnish but here is the title in english:
The Poetic Movement of Being: philosophical interpretations of the new paradigm of dance in the light of Martin Heidegger's thinking and the artistic work in years 1996-1999.
Appendix: Alexander-technique and Authentic Movement -practice. Two methods for practicing bodily knowledge. Second printing 2012, Kinesis, Theatre Academy, Helsinki.
Work as responsible editor and editing councelor:
2015 Kirsi Monni, Ric Allsopp (eds.) Practicing Composition: Making practice, Kinesis 6. Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts, Helsinki.
2014 Jeroen Peeters;: Through the back. Situating vision between moving bodies. Kinesis 5. Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts, Helsinki.
2014 Kai Lehikoinen: Tanssi sanoiksi. Tanssianalyysin perusteita. Kinesis 4. Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts, Helsinki.
2012 Andre Lepecki: Tanssitaide ja liikkeen politiikka. Alkuteos Exhausting Dance. Suomennos Hanna Järvinen. Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts, Helsinki.
2012 Susan Rethorst: A Choreographic Mind. Autobodygraphical Writings. Kinesis 2. Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts, Helsinki.
2015 Considering the Ontological Premises for Tools in Artist's Education - On Poiesis and Composition. In Nordic Journal of Dance Vol 6 (2).pp 4-11. Referee.
2015 Composition – Relatedness and collective learning environments. Together wth Victoria-Perez Royo. In Kirsi Monni, Ric Allsopp (eds.) Practicing Composition: Making practice, Kinesis 6. Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts, Helsinki.
2015 Poetics and Procedures. An introduction. In Kirsi Monni, Ric Allsopp (eds.) Practicing Composition: Making practice, Kinesis 6. Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts, Helsinki.
2012 Koreografian poliittiset ulottuvuudet, foreword in Andre’ Lepecki: Tanssitaide ja liikkeen politiikka (The Political Dimensions in Choreography, Finnish translation of the Lepecki: Exhausting Dance, translation Hanna Järvinen). Kinesis 3, Like, Helsinki.
2011 2000-luvun koreografi – taiteen moniosaaja (The choreographer of the 2000s) in Tanssintekijät 2., Hannele Jyrkkä (ed), Like, Helsinki.
2008 Ecological worldview and the art of choreography in Dance – Movement – Mobility. Conference Proceedings Nordic Forum for Dance Research.
2008 About the Sense and Meaning in Dance, in Choreography as an aesthetics of Change. M. Klien, et al (eds.) Daghdha Dance Company, pp. 37-44., Limerick.
2008 Artist of a week; 14 interview articles on Finnish choreographers’ work. www.zodiak.fi.
2007 Tanssiesteettinen perintö ja Deborah Hayn radikaali taide. Ontologisen eron pohdintaa, in Liikkeitä näyttämöllä: Houni, Laakkonen, Reitala, Rouhiainen (eds.). Näyttämö & tutkimus 2, Teatterintutkimuksen seura, Helsinki. (The Heritage of Dance Aesthetics and the Radical Art of Deborah Hay). Referee.
2007 Mestari tuli taloon. Deborah Hay ja pohjoinen ulottuvuus (The Master Came into the House. Deborah Hay and the Northern Dimension) in Zodiak Uuden tanssin tähden. Raija Ojala, Kimmo Takala (eds.). Like, Keuruu.
2007 Zodiakin kolme aaltoa. 20 vuotta kollegiaalisen taideyhteisön haasteitai (Three waves of Zodiak. 20 Years of Challenges in Collegial Art Community) in Zodiak uuden tanssin tähden. Raija Ojala, Kimmo Takala (eds.). Like 2007, Keuruu.
2006 About the Sense and Meaning in Dance – ontological considerations.In Finnish Dance Research at the Crossroads: practical and theoretical challenges.Aino Sarje & Päivi Pakkanen (eds.). The Arts council of Finland, Helsinki.
2005 Kuka katsoo, mitä näkyy? Pohdintoja tanssiajattelun taustoista. (Who Watches, What is Seen? Reflections on the Notions of Dancer Art) In Tanssintekijät. Hannele Jyrkkä (ed.) LIKE, Jyväskylä.
2005 Tanssi, havainto ja kehollinen ajattelu (Dance, Perception and Bodily Knowledge). In Sidestep-festival 2005 journal. Zodiak-Center for New Dance, Helsinki.
2004 Tanssin mielestä ja merkityksestä. (About the Meaning Creation in Dance) www.liikekieli.com
2002 Merkityksellinen kohtaaminen. (Significant Encountering) In Teatteri ja tanssi toimintakulttuureina. Pia Houni & Pentti Paavolainen (eds.). Theatre Academy. Acta Scenica, Helsinki.
1995 Avoimet mahdollisuudet. (Open Possibilities). In Esiintyjä - tulkki ja tekijä. Raija Ojala (ed.) WSOY, Helsinki.
1992 Tanssin eteneminen itsensä tiedostamisen tiellä. (The Development of Critical Consciousness in Dance Art). In Tanssi, liikunta & filosofia. Juha Varto (ed.). University of Tampere, Publications, Tampere.
Tanssin henki- tanssin taideteoreettisia tulkintoja - book review. In Liikunta ja tiede journal. Liikuntatieteellinen seura, Helsinki
Lectures in academies and conferences:
2013 Aesthetic and Political Strategies in Contemporary Dance. Finnish Society for Aesthetics
2013 The Crisis in Art and Creativity. Science Forum – Crises, Threats and New Starts. Helsinki University & Lapland University, panel, chair.
2011 Choreography of the Everyday: Social Choreography. Science Forum. Helsinki University & Lapland University,
2012 Estetiikan rajalla, At the Limits of Aesthetics. Helsinki University.
2010 Ideal, Conceptual or Performative Choreography? TeaTs, Tampere University.
2010 Conceptualising Choreography, Ideo Dance, Tangente, Montreal, Canada.
2009 Bodily Thinking in 2000s. Helsinki Polytechnic College.
2008 Ecological Worldview and the Art of Choreography. Paper presentation. Dance – Movement – Mobility 23.-26.10.2008 Conference. Nordic Forum for Dance Research, Tampere.
2008 Philosophy in Dance. Institute of Art Research, University of Helsinki.
2008 Philosophical approaches on Dance. Lecture series. The Department of Dance, Theatre Academy.
2007 The Nature of Bodily and Choreographic Knowledge. Live Art and Performance Studies,Theatre Academy.
2007 Philosophical Approaches on Dance. Lecture series. The Department of Dance, Theatre Academy.
2006 Dance Ontology in Question. Institute of Art Research, University of Helsinki.
2006 Choreography in Question. Zodiak-Center for New Dance
2006 The Big Circle in Dance. The Finnish Adult Education Centre.
2005 Dance as an Art of Perception and Practice. Philosopher Timo Klemola’s 50 year’s anniversary seminar. University of Tampere.
2005Philosophical Approaches on Dance. The Department of Dance, Theatre Academy.
2005Theatre-Barker, Turku, The Finnish Adult Education Centre.
2005Situation and Stage. Department of Drama. Theatre Academy.
Choreographic Methods. Live Art and Performance Studies,Theatre Academy.
2005At the Limits of Art and Research. Bodily Knowledge. Helsinki Polytechnic College
2005 Experience, Perception and Bodily Thinking. Helsinki Polytechnic College & Sidestep Festival. Zodiak- Center for New Dance
2004 The Actor and Embodiment. Department of Drama. Theatre Academy.
2004 Ontological Considerations on Dance. Paper presentation. In Ethics and Politics Embodied in Dance, seminar. Theatre Academy.
2004-1990 Lectures, papers and panel discussions in different institutions and seminars such as Theatre Academy of Finland, University of Tampere, University of Turku, The Art Museum of Rauma, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki Festival, Tampere Theatre Meeting, University of Helsinki-Studia Thalia, The institute of Folk education.