Maija Hirvanen returns to ANTI with a re-imagining of what was originally aproject made for the stage. On Ice premiered at Zodiak, Helsinki in 2009. For ANTI the project is returned to its site-based origins: initial versions of the piece were developed in situ at HIFK, the Helsinki Ice Hockey team’s stadium, where Maija worked with the team’s cheerleaders. The artist drew on her own experience of cheerleading to create On Ice.The piece looks at how constructed ideas of gender, class and physicality write themselves onto our bodies. Inspired by cheering troupes and opinion columns, On Ice Anti aims to create a positive yet critical culture of performing.
Maija Hirvanen (FI)
Maija will discuss On Ice Anti in a presentation at the festival’s seminar. Maija Hirvanen is a Finnish performance maker, choreographer and writer. Her work has been shown in Finland, Europe and Russia. She currently leads The Edge of Europe programme for Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki.