PORTFOLIO OF MEU

Katja-Maria Taavitsainen | MEU | Dance artist, singer-songwriter, actress

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Education

Complementary studies (Acting for film), New York Film Academy, 2018-2019

Master of Arts (Choreography), Theatre Academy of Helsinki, 2010

Bachelor of Arts (Dance department), Theatre Academy of Helsinki, 2007

 

Latest works as a dance artist

 

MODULE, artist residency & experimental movement laboratory with Sidra Bell, Sidra Bell Dance New York, CPR – Center of Performance Research New York 2019

“OH-3”, performance project by Christine Bonansea, Berlin 2019

“Falling Upwards”, Emma Bäcklund’s choreography & Lagoon Parliament exhibition, Alte Münze Berlin, Berlin 2019

“The Base of the Fire”, Kimmo Alakunnas choreography, Turku 2019

“FEMALIEN | the solo experiment”, Helsinki & Berlin 2018

”A Poly Love Story”, dance film, Pinja Valja production, Helsinki 2017

“Sliding on surfaces, riding on horses”, comission work, NOSTE collective, Helsinki 2015

“UNKNOWN”, comission work, Acker Stadt Palast, Berlin 2014

“ALICES – A Study of Nonsense”, Berlin/Helsinki 2013-2015

“STRANGER/RAVER/RIOTER”, installation & dance film, Berlin 2013

 

Latest works as a singer-songwriter

 

Katti Meu – Ei Kenenkään (2018)

Katti Meu – Pelastaja (2017)

Katti Meu – Valoa Päin (2016)

Katti Meu – Viisaus (2016)

Katti Meu – Jotain Muuta (2016)

Katti Meu – Kädet Ilmaan (2015)

 

With her work she’s always been interested of the multitude and layered human condition, the vast universe that we all are and how it shifts and bends creating a fluidity of identities and experiences as we travel through this lifetime in our fleshy home, our own spaceship – the body. And how we come together in our human vulnerability, to share, to communicate and to find shelter in each other for a vanishing moment that we exist in this realm and form.

 

Photos & links

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“Falling Upwards” exhibition by Lagoon Parliament

Choreography: Emma Bäcklund

Performance in Alte Münze Berlin, May 24th 2019

Photo: Lagoon Parliament

 

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“FEMALIEN | the solo experiment” –  solo work about feminine energy in alien bodies

Choreography & performance: Katja-Maria Taavitsainen

Music: Katja-Maria Taavitsainen & Aapeli Hakala

Live visuals: Merle Karp

Costume design: Anna-Stina Isaksson

Premier: 4.12.2018, Forum Box Helsinki

Supported by: Cultural grant from the city of Helsinki

Photo: Tuuti Piippo

 

 

“ALICES  –  A Study of Nonsense” – a rabbit hole performance about fluidity of identities

Choreography: Katja-Maria Taavitsainen

Performers: Jenni Nikolajeff, Janne Marja-Aho, Katja-Maria Taavitsainen

Sound design: Aaro Wichmann

Light design: Teo Lanerva

Photos and video: Jukka Moisio

Premier: 13.2.2015, Cable Factory Helsinki

Supported by: Arts Promotion Center Finland

 

 

“UNKNOWN” – a little universe created for five performers

Choreography & directing: Katja-Maria Taavitsainen

Performers: Helmi-Leena Nummela, Maija Andersson, Liisi Vihavainen, Hanna Lee, Katja-Maria Taavitsainen

Sound design: Matti Ahopelto

Premier:  27.06.2014, Acker Stadt Palast Berlin

Supported by: Acker Stadt Palast Berlin

 

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“KATTI MEU” – entity, singer-songwriter, creator of galaxypop (2015-2018)

Composing & lyrics: Katja-Maria Taavitsainen

Co-composer & co-producer: Aapeli Hakala

Producer: Jani Saastamoinen

Photos: Kanerva Mantila, Kai Kuusisto & Otto Vainio

 

WATCH: Stranger/Raver/Rioter 

Film by: Katja-Maria Taavitsainen

Performers: Liisi Vihavainen, Anna Virkkunen, Hanna Lee, Juan Gabriel Harcha, Simo Vassinen, Rasmus Rabbeson

Music: Aaro Wichmann & Anssi Kainulainen

Filming, editing, directing: Katja-Maria Taavitsainen

They moved away, left their home country just to try – a try to make it some where else. A story of loneliness, alienation, frustration, aggression and letting go. Variations of human behaviour in different kinds of situations and several trials of trying to make it, trying to find peace and balance and trials of getting our voice heard.

 

WATCH: Sliding on surfaces, riding on horses

Choreography: Katja-Maria Taavitsainen

Dance: NosteK / Meeri Altmets, Jaana Kovanen, Taru Miettinen, Minttu Pietilä

Sound design: Aapeli Hakala

Lightning design: Anton Verho

Trailer: Meeri Altmets, Aapeli Hakala

Performance: 20. – 22.3.2015, Vapaan Taiteen Tila Helsinki

Feature photos: Roza Coco Ahmad