Stories

Stuff about TaikaBox, our projects and performances

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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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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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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