MIRVA MAKINEN (Helsinki, Finland) graduated (MA) from the Dance Department from the University of Arts, Finland in 2000. Prior to that she completed a Masters of Physical Education from University of Jyväskylä. In 2010 she began her doctoral studies at the University of Arts in Helsinki; her artistic research investigates and articulates Somaesthetics of Contact Improvisation.
Since 2000 Mirva has been a dance teacher, choreographer and lecturer for dance at the Kallio Upper Secondary School of Performing Arts, and has been teaching in international dance and Contact Improvisation festivals. She has been working with many different dance companies and choreographers (Dance company Karttunen Kollektiv (choreographer Jyrki Karttunen), New Circus Company Circo Aereo, choreographer Joona Halonen, Echo Echo dance company (North Ireland), collaboration with Frey Faust and collaboration with Joerg Hassmann. At the moment she is working with Finnish choreographer Valtteri Raekallio.
"In dance I am interested in the feeling of flow and soft movement. I love to investigate movement, its rhythm and different ways of inhabiting the body. A feeling of dancing is created by being able to switch the body from total relaxation to extreme intensity and tension. I call this the body’s ability to breathe and create movement."
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TEACHERS PRESENT AT THE WORKSHOP: Our 2018 "Jam Hosts" and Moab Jam organizers will be present at the Workshop --available for dancing, conversation, and generally being in creative community. See the Jam Hosts page for bios and photos.
BASTIEN AUBER (Grenoble, France)
NEIGE CHRISTENSON (Waltham, MA)
KATHERINE COOK (Seattle, WA)
SOLE MEDINA (Santiago, Chile)
BLAKE NELLIS (Minneapolis, MN)
BRAD STOLLER (Charlottesville, VA)
RONJA VER (Oakland, CA)
Organizers: Gretchen Spiro, Alicia Grayson, Steve Homsher, Ryder Turner (Nederland, CO)
ORGANIZERS NOTE: Since we were unable to have a Moab Jam last year (2017), we wanted to invite an exceptional workshop teacher for 2018. We (Gretchen, Alicia, Steve) asked CI dancers from around the world for their suggestions regarding the teacher they would recommend who embodied the following qualities: clear and innovative teaching pedagogy, generous towards dancers with all levels of experience, sensitivity and finesse towards creating an engaged and supportive group dynamic, inquisitive and enthusiastic attitude, generosity, and very kind and heartful. "MIRVA!" was the frequent refrain from people in Europe and the US. We have been in conversation with her for several years about our desire to have her teach in Moab, and this year is the magic year where it was able to coordinate with her busy teaching/performing schedule. We are excited to have her for the Workshop teacher this year. We hope you can join us.