TaikaTalk

Conversations with movers and shakers from around the world

“Its my duty, as an artist, to be optimistic”

Julian Owusu is a dance artist and dance teacher whose artistic core lies in Hip Hop culture, community building, pedagogy, decolonial practices and reimagining. His work field stretches from working with youth on a grassroots level to work in governmental positions and on various boards (including that of TaikaBox) Lölä Vlasenko spent […]

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“Having a Rest is Political”

Hannah Sampé is a dance artist and choreographer based in Germany who was part of Warjakka Art Residency / CROWD international dance exchange programme in 2021. In this TaikaTalk our conversation turns to the concept of resting as a politicised activity. Your improvisation workshops in #WarjakkaArtResidency had a condition: people […]

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“One Should Live While Alive”

Sugder Ludup, 26, is a musician, composer and part of the Tatar art collective ALIF – our partners in ”Remembering Futures” – a Connected Studio project that we carried out in 2021/2022. “Remembering Futures” began as research into Finnish and Tatar folklore, interlaced and rethought through dance and musical improvisations, […]

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“Collaborating is an Artform in Itself”

Emma Lewis-Jones was one of the amazing artists taking part in the most recent Warjakka Art Residency – part of the CROWD International Dance Exchange programme developed by Goethe Institute and supported by TaikaBox and colleagues from across Europe.  This TaikaTalk happened on Varjakka, the beautiful ghost island with a […]

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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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