PEOPLE

Virva Torkko is a dance professional from Kuopio, Finland. She graduated from Savonia University of Applied Sciences with BA in dance and pedagogics and continued her studies at Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy in the contemporary dance performance master degree programme. In Hungary, her own research was about finding and discovering different improvisation methods. Currently, she is studying for MA in Cultural Management and Creative Economy at Oulu University of Applied Sciences. 

 

She has performed for example with Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth in Winter Circus Love, Dance Theatre Minimi for One Next To Me, The Game, Tanssikielto and Fades Away. In Hungary she danced in Èclipse by Csaba Molnár.

 

In addition to the upcoming projects of Kohde Collective, Virva works full-time at Dance Theatre Minimi as a dancer and salesperson. Additionally, she teaches dance at Art High School Lumit, and Kuopion Taideopisto.

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Outi Elena Valanto ( MA) is a Finnish artist and researcher with background in dance and architecture. She is currently based in Germany. Her practice is focused in cross-disciplinary techniques combining together her two backgrounds: artistic and scientific: movement studies and architecture. She is interested in possibilities for city development through arts, communities of practice, inclusive- and interdisciplinary art practices as well as movements engaged with technology. As a freelancer Outi has worked in international productions like Moving Digits, Common Ground, Moving Beyond Inclusion, Move the Public Space. With her own works like Transformer, Supertarget and Spiritual Cabaret she has observed the present movements in society. Subjects  like social media, technological development, artificial body and public space have been in focus point. The inclusivity of various movers and the technologically attached moving human body in urban space are the future interests of her. She is currently researching Receptive Moving in Urban Spaces - methodology for urban designers and for choreographic creation. www.outielenavalanto.com

Juan Pablo Muñoz Bulla is a pianist from Colombia. He gained master's degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogics from Liszt Ferenc Music Academy in Budapest, Hungary. Additionally, he studied music at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Escuela de Música Mozarteum in Venezuela. He is specialised in chamber music. He has given concerts in various concert halls in Colombia and Venezuela and at the Liszt Ferenc Emlékmúzeum concert hall in Hungary and in multiple cities and towns around Finland. Juan Pablo has many years of teaching experience in piano. Currently, he was in the projects of Kohde Collective in Kuopio.