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Ptarmigan is a proud partner of the Helsinki instalment of 'City Ghettoes Today' which will occur in September 2014 and will consist of an installation, a seminar and workshops guided by international artists.

City Ghettos of Today is an international cooperation project dealing with urban spaces and in six European cities; Paris, Warsaw, Helsinki, Bologna, Milan and Berlin. The team consists of artists and researchers in every city.

The international installation of the City Ghettos of Today will be constructed to Helsinki in September 2014. During twelve days period (8.-21.9.) the international team of artists including theatre directors and sound and video artists will direct the construction of the installation in cooperation with the local people. Before Helsinki the installation has been constructed in Paris, Warsaw and Bologna.

The first place to receive the installation will be Cultural Centre Stoa in Itäkeskus, during week 37, between 9.-14.9, combined with workshops. The installation coincides with an international theatre festival that will take place in the Cultural centre at the same time. From Stoa the installation travels to the centre of the city of Helsinki, to a temporarily free installation space in shopping centre Forum.The installation will combine sounds, videos and live performances made by citizens living in Helsinki, especially in its migrant-rich areas. The creation of the contents will be done mainly in areas close to Itäkeskus, but also the central installation will have interactive elements.

Seminar and public debate will take place on September 16th 14- 18 at Lavaklubi, “Stage club”, in the basement of the National Theatre. International and local cases of art projects, with background information of studies related to urban development and cultural diversity in Helsinki will be presented. The presentations will be followed by a public debate.

Venues:

  • Kulttuurikeskus Stoa – Cultural Centre Stoa
    Address: Turunlinnantie 1, Itäkeskus, 00900 Helsinki
  • Kauppakeskus Forum – Shopping Centre Forum, basement
    Mannerheimintie 14–20, 00100 Helsinki
  • Kansallisteatterin Lavaklubi – Stage Club, National Theatre
    Läntinen Teatterikuja 1, 00100 Helsinki

For more information check out: www.cityghettos.com/

Ptarmigan Tallinn's current artist in residence, Camilla Graff Junior, will perform My Mom is a Wolf, My Dad... at XL Art Space on Tuesday, 26 November at 18:00. The performance is free and lasts about 80 minutes.

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We are looking for elephants and performers to take part in a new art work by British artist Amelia Beavis-Harrison on Friday 18th October 2013. The performance is part of the Dimanche Rouge Estonia-Finland-France festival which will take place in Helsinki from 17-20 October. The new piece called The Elephant Dance will see six people take on the roles of elephant and hunter as a durational performance plays out around the Helsinki Art Museum. The performance uses movement as a way of interpreting traditional tribal dance to create a re-worked performance but is not a choreographed piece.

Who we are looking for:

- People prepared to give their time to a workshop to develop the work and a subsequent performance. 

- You can be an artist, dancer, student or someone with a general interest, 18 years or over

- There is no requirement to come from a dance or performance background, there will be no set dance steps to learn

What you will be asked to do:

- Take part in a day workshop led by the artist that will incorporate learning performance techniques which will lead into development of the performance. Workshop is Friday 18th October from 11am

- Take part in the durational performance around the Helsinki Art Museum. Performance is on Friday 18th October from 4pm

- Wear a costume for the duration of the performance

Overall this aims to be an enjoyable experience where you become a part of a new and evolving piece and get to meet other new like minded people.

For more about Amelia’s art practice see: www.ameliabeavisharrison.com

PARTICIPATION --> please email sari@ptarmigan.fi with the subject heading 'elephants and performers'
 
Image credit: Amelia Beavis-Harrison 'Watch the wall, my darling, as the gentlemen go by!' (2012), photographer: John Plowman.