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UrbanApa TOOLBOX is a workshop /lab that aims at bringing artists of different backgrounds together. TOOLBOX offers a low-fi and  easy access platform where artistic practices can be shared and questions asked collectively. The week consists of a series of sessions that have been curated under a frame.

The first TOOLBOX of this spring has the theme transitions and is curated by Sonya Lindfors

We will share practices for both art and life, research, discuss, play and spend time together. TOOLBOX is aimed at professional artists BUT does not require a background in dance or performance.  Some of the exercises might involve movement, speech, rhythmical or written practices.


The workshop days are from 10:00 to 15:00 in dance studio DCA:s spaces in Mannerheimintie.

Due to corona, the amount of participants is restricted to 10 pax.

Facilitators are among others:  Sophia Wekesa, Emmi Venna, Kauri Sorvari and Suvi Kemppainen.


The platforms  ethical guidelines can be found HERE.


DCA’s premises have an elevator (width 80cm) and a gender-neutral toilet. The width of the rehearsal room’s door is 78 cm. The nearest accessible toilet is 20 meters from the Hesburger or across the street at the Swedish Theater.

Do you have questions or needs? Send us a message ( and let’s make it work 🙂

The languages used during the TOOLBOX will be English and Finnish depending on the participants.



Kauri Sorvari: forecasts, karaoke, solo, support

During the day we’ll make scores where we move and sing, we offer our own bodies as answers for questions of others. We’ll sing the karaoke of our dreams, we ask for support, we practice performing solo, we’ll re-introduce/hang out with the adrenaline rush of a performer.Cute if you enjoy movement and singing, but no stress, participating will be optional!


Suvi Kemppainen: Not a one thing

is a workshop day dedicated to performers agency in artistic process. we start by defining what consent and collaboration means for us on this day, and from that orientation start to move. dancing includes invitations for shaking, hope bones improvisation, eyes closed movement research and supporting and witnessing each other’s practice. through different improvisational scores, movement anchors, talking and writing we celebrate the poetics and rights of the performer. please bring a notebook or laptop with you.


Sophia Wekesa: Transitions. From individual to communal. 

What can dancehall culture teach us about community and community movement?

Dancehall teaches us about the different intersections of class, gender expression, and race. Dance as a healing practice that has a lot to give to a global audience as well, but how do you practice culture ethically? How to do it from a privileged position and how to move away from simplifying cultural practices into appreciating their complexity.


Emmi Venna: I keep on dancing and dancing and dancing, until there is only the dance

We’ll be listening to music and looking for ways to enter a state of dancing. If possible, bring a device for listening to music (smartphone, mp3 player etc) and ear buds/headphones.


Would you like to inspire and be inspired? Try out new tools of working ? TOOLBOX is looking for artists from different practices and backgrounds to share, inspire, learn and to study.

Please send a SHORT MAX A HALF PAGE LONG letter of motivation ( why would you want to take part, what kind of tools would you need)  and your cv to by Sat 29.5 22:00. 

NB! The whole lab costs 20€ and we wish that the participants would commit for the whole week. It is not possible to attend single workshops. 

Cant afford the 20€ cost? Let us know. Let’s figure it out  together 🙂

Come come, come one come all!

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