international dance exchange

Silja, Julian and Rita head off by boat to Varjakka Island with local legend Tapio Moilanen during the first week of the first residency of CROWD22

2022 Artists Announced

CROWD – international dance exchange is a collaborative network of dance organisations supporting dance makers who engage with communities as part of their practice. Following an open call earlier this year, ten dance artists have been selected to join this summer’s #CROWDdance residency programme. 

Taking place across Finland, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK between 11th July – 23rd September, the CROWD 2022 international dance exchange residency programme is an opportunity for dance artists to explore and develop their practice in community-engaged dance by working with and learning from each other and local participants.  

Meet the CROWD 2022 dance artists who will be working together in Varjakka from 11th-22nd July:

Rita Marcalo is the Artistic Director of Ireland-based Instant Dissidence, which is her way of bringing different artists together, in different combinations, to realise different ideas: through Instant Dissidence Rita invents ways of offering other people art experiences and solve creative problems. Rita will be on residency with us and Dance Limerick (Ireland).

Silja Tuovinen is a Finnish choreographer and researcher working between Oulu, Stockholm, and Berlin with both dance performance and film. She is interested in exploring different forms of collaboration and companionship as part of the artistic work, including both professional and non-professional communities. Silja will be on residency with us and Dance Limerick (Ireland).

Silja and Rita will be working for two weeks in and around the village of Varjakka, supported by TaikaBox and project facilitator Julian Owusu.

Find out more about all of the CROWD 2022 artists at

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