Articles by: John

Residencies

TaikaBox is based in the small village of Varjakka on the coast of Gulf of Bothnia, about 18km SouthWest of Oulu. Varjakka has a school, harbour, manor house, bar and is currently home to around 400 households.A small deserted Island sits just off the coast, accessible by boat or cable […]

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“The Stage Can Be Anywhere”

TaikaBox has been lucky to have had multiple fruitful collaborations with Oulu-based musician and DJ Jussi Alaraasakka. Jussi has provided soundtrack mentoring for numerous Oulu Dance Hacks and performed with us for some of our favourite shows, workshops and improvised gigs.  This TaikaTalk took place in Rapumaja – a creative […]

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“Suffering doesn’t seem healthy anymore”

Oulu wouldn’t be Oulu without musician and producer Jarkko Halunen – the leader of both the band Neondad and LUMO – the light art festival which unites artists from around the globe in their joint creative boost transforming the whole city into one big multimedia installation each year. TaikaBox has […]

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“It’s fun to have art in weird places”

Warjakka Art Path – an urban street art installed into the forest and adapted to its aesthetics – has officially opened and will run until the end of August. You are welcome to explore and contribute to it – Warjakka Art Path encourages its visitors to create art pieces, celebrating […]

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Warjakka Art Lab 2021

Throughout July 2021, we are opening up the Konttori building on Varjakka Island on select days, and running a regular free ferry service to and from the island. As well as curious visitors, we welcome artists from all disciplines to use the island and Konttori as a creative space. There […]

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“Comedy involves pain”

Antti Kaarlela, Aleksi Puranen and Antti Kairakari write stories and put them to life in movies and multimedia artwork. Their movies and documentaries combine the personal and the political, interlacing the saddest and the hardest topics with the vibes that make you laugh so much you cry – only to […]

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Hacking the Dance

When TaikaBox moved from Cardiff, Wales to Oulu, Finland in 2015, we had a dream to set up a dance/tech studio where artists could experiment with the relationship between movement and technology. We’re still on that journey to having a permanent studio, and in the meantime, have found ways to […]

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Please Switch On Your Mobile Phones

Please Switch On Your Mobile Phones started out as a research project running throughout 2014, commissioned by the first round of the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales – Supported by Nesta, the Arts & Humanities Research Council and with public funding by the National Lottery through the Arts Council […]

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Born Old – The Evolution of a Show

Back in 2016 we wanted to make a new performance – something rooted in Finland – and chose Kalevala as the starting point. Kalevala is a 19th century epic poem based on ancient Finnish mythology and folk tales. It has become ingrained in Finnish culture to the point that it […]

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International Collaboration Without Crossing Borders

How and why we built the Connected Studio System – John Collingswood TaikaBox first started experimenting with remote performance in 2015 – before moving from Wales to Finland we spent a week in the studio with dancer Lucy May Constantini, choreographing a duet that we could continue to work on […]

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