Stories

Stuff about TaikaBox, our projects and performances

Digital Folk

Spring 2022TaikaBox is working on a project with Kepposet – a group of young people who practice traditional Finnish dance. With funding from Oulu City’s Peliliike programme, our brief is to introduce the group to digital tools that can enhance and expand their practice.The project is directed by the young […]

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Hacking the Dance

ODH is a unique opportunity to meet like-minded artists and technology specialists who are interested in creative risk-taking and collaborate in an easy-going and supportive atmosphere. Together we explore the relationship between dance and technology to kickstart the future of performance. Due to Corona restrictions, ODH22 was reduced in scale […]

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An Autumn of Light in Oulunsalo

This Autumn was marked by TaikaBox launching a community art space in an outlying district of Oulu. Oulunsalo is often many people’s first experience of the region as it is where the airport is located. It used to be a municipality – founded in 1882, but was merged with the […]

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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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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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