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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 fall has the theme in motion and is curated by Sonya Lindfors.

How does the world move us? How do we move the world and each other? 

This week is an exploration into different pathways and trajectories into movement and into different dances. It is about motion of bodies, energies, thoughts, rhythms, tunings and flows. It is about coming together, about sharing, about pleasure and joy. 

During the week five artists with a background in dance or choreography will share their practices, thoughts and dances with us. 

Participants don’t have to have any previous experience in specific technique to join the workshops.


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.

Facilitators are among others:  Marika Peura & Kaisa Nieminen, Pie Kär, Jan Loukas, Sonya Lindfors and Eevi Tolvanen.




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, thoughts or needs about accessibility? We will do our best to accommodate your 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 needs of the participants.



Jan Loukas: More than meets the eye

In the workshop we will focus on themes of transformation, imagination and fiction as a tool for creating movement in a shared space together. We travel through forms, associations, worlds and textures – giving focus to one’s own interests.



Pie Kär: Performance gift

My proposal is to open the workshop with the question “what is there already” and finish with the participants giving performance gifts to one another. We are focusing on what kind of motion – for example dances and performances – are there already in us, and what histories we carry through our motion. We will work on the performance gifts with the support of different practices and tasks. Participating in the practice can be also observing or resting.Before coming to the workshop, think about a piece of music or sound that has a relation to some history of your movement and that you can share with the group. If you wish, you can attune to the workshop beforehand by thinking about the rootings of your mobility and on the other hand by thinking whether you have some time experienced something that felt like a performance gift? Take with you to the workshop clothes that are suitable for moving and pen and paper (preferably no phones).



Marika Peura & Kaisa Nieminen: Dive into dance

We dive into the intimacy of dancing accompanied by a DJ. We do exercises where we give space to the experientiality of the dancing body; expressiveness, emotionality, playfulness and pleasure. We also work with the gaze and look in to the social situation of dancing. Marika approaches these themes by drawing from her freestyle hip hop dance practice, with the interest in the interrelationships, connections and frictions between dancing for one’s own pleasure, social dancing and and in the context of performance dance. We do exercises alone, in pairs and in groups.

Kaisa Nieminen will be our DJ on the course, offering bassy sounds; with the music selection varying between hip hop, house, electronic/pop music. The DJ set runs alongside the dancing, supporting the experiences of dancing together and alone.

There is no need to prepare for this course. Bring comfortable training clothes, a water bottle and pen and paper. You can dance bare foot or with indoor sneakers.



Eevi Tolvanen: Different shades of gaze

In this workshop we dive into sensitizing our senses and skins to limitless meetings,  reuniting and separating from others. We start from understanding the possibilities of corporal consent and constantly negotiating it through our eyes and movement. It’s a beautiful dance between approving and declining. Exploring how gaze moves us, the others and all of us together. Let’s melt, build up, support and create complex worlds alone and together with others.

There is space to take the given proposals to the direction of individual interests. Tolvanen also opens up how she uses gaze diversely in her art practices, how it creates different possibilities to connect with spectators or with different groups.



Sonya Lindfors: Tunings and energies

Everything is connected. Our dances are affected by how we have slept, the discussions we have had, by what we have experienced during that day.  In this workshop we focus on tuning and energies. How do we tune ourselves to move, to work or to sense. How the world moves us and how we move the world. We will work with different kinds of movement exercises, by discussing and sharing.


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 Thu 18.8 16:00. 

Title you email TOOLBOX #20 / OPEN CALL double check that all attachments have your name and content info on them.

You will hear from us by  19.8.2022.

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!

#sharing #shaking #art #life