Milla Koistinen has graduated from the Theatre Academy of Helsinki, Finland in 2004 with MA in dance and from HfS Ernst Busch/HZT Berlin with MA in choreography in 2012.
She has worked among others with Kristian Smeds, Hiroaki Umeda, Peter Verhelst (NTGent/Johan Simons), Cie Heddy Maalem, Christine Gaigg, Hans van den Broeck and Les Ballets du Grand Maghreb. Since 2008 she has been creating her own work and her creations have been played among other locations in HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Tanzhaus NRW and in Uferstudios Berlin.
Koistinen has collaborated among others with Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, director Janne Reinikainen at the Finnish National Theatre and with soundpoet Dirk Huelstrunk.
In the summer 2010 Koistinen was one of the danceWEB scholarship recipients in Impulstanz Vienna.
She has worked as a guest teacher at SEAD Salzburg, the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Tanzhaus NRW, Sasha Waltz & Guests, Tanzhaus Zürich, Theatre Academy of Helsinki, the University of Tampere, HZT Berlin, Marameo and DOCK 11 in Berlin, Espace Catastrophe in Brussels and PAC Ramallah.
Focus of the class will be on dynamics, rhythm, details, explosion, silence and active decision making. The class starts with gently warming up and softening the muscles and joints. There will be a variation of exercises focusing on breathing, rooting the feet on the floor, using the weight of the body, finding ways to go to the floor and coming back up to standing. The technique contains elements from floor work and martial arts. The whole class is focused on finding an alert and articulated ways of moving and to use the body in an efficient, energetic manner. We will explore how to do this in an economical way and how to divide the energy throughout the class.
Photo by Lennart Laberenz