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Workshop by choreographer/dancers Avidan Ben giat and Maria Nurmela, Barker Theatre, Turku


Monday the 12th from 5.00pm until 8pm
3 hr (including warm-up/class + repertoire/research)

Barker -  theatre, stage for independent art in Turku
Price 25€
The workshop is open for professionals, students and amateurs of all ages.
Please reserve your place by 7th of August at the latest, info (at)

Welcome 12th of August at 5pm to participate into a 3 hours contemporary dance workshop led by internationally known dancer/choreographers Avidan Ben giat (Jerusalem/Israel) and Maria Nurmela (Turku/Finland). Ben giat and Nurmela are working this August at the Barker - theatre´s summer residency. During two weeks time in Turku they are creating a new contemporary dance work ‘School for the Blind’ premiering December 2019 at ‘the International Dance Week’ in Jerusalem, Israel. The project  is co-produced by Machol Shalem Dance House Jerusalem, and supported by Barker - theatre, the Arts Printing House (Vilnius, Lithuania), Embassy of Finland in Tel Aviv. ) and The Regional Dance Center of Western Finland.

In the 3 hour workshop Avidan and Maria will share their experiences as  dancer/choreographers and open their creative process by teaching of repertory and improvisation tasks through the ideas from the upcoming piece ‘School for the Blind’.

The workshops will serve as a hotbed for experiments where our ideas and body can meet.


About Avidan Ben giat
Was born in 1990 in Jerusalem, Israel. Studied at the Highschool of the Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance Jerusalem. Between the years 2008-2010 dance at the Ensemble of the Batsheva dance Company with the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin and house choreographer Sharon Eyal. Between the years 2011-2014 worked in the Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company,  simultaneously worked with Ido Batash for a solo piece called ‘Bread and Circuses Blood’. Nowadays Avidan works with several dance projects. ‘Scarabeo Angle and the Void’ by Andrea Costanzo Martini that was selected to be as part of Aerowaves 2018. ‘The Jewish Connection Project’ by Lisi Estaras & Ido Batash & ‘Q&A (the 36 questions)’ by Rachel Erdos. Throughout the years Avidan produced and collaborated in multidisciplinary projects in Israel and around the world. This year had the opportunity to collaborate in ‘School for the Blind’  with the Helsinki/Turku based dancer/choreographer Maria Nurmela and with the Jerusalem based graphic designer Talya Weitzman.
About Maria Nurmela
has been working as a freelance dance artist since 2002, collaborating with internationally known choreographers including Theo Clinkard (The Days Project, 2018-), Susanna Leinonen (Susanna Leinonen Company 2019-), Susanne Linke, Helena Franzén and Yuval Pick among many others. Nurmela has been dancing with Tero Saarinen Company since 2003, as well as working as a repetiteur of Saarinen´s creations and teacher of TERO technique. In 2012–2016 she was in charge of TSC’s community outreach project Apollo tanssii.
Her own choreographic work consists of transdisciplinary collaborations and site-specific performances combining different theatrical tools, contemporary dance and  music and visual arts. Her latest co-productions are Sarastuksia (Dawnings, 2017) as part of of the official Finland 100 programme) and Susurrus project (2017-) initiated with Australian choreographer Renae Shadler. Susurrus has been presented among others at Tomas Saraceno´s exhibition ON AIR at the Palais de Tokyo Museum (Paris, October 2018).
Alongside her artistic engagements  she  is working as a guest teacher at various institutions and special pedagogical projects, as well currently as a part time lecturer in the MA Degree Programme in Dance Pedagogy at University of the Arts Helsinki. Her artistry has been recognized by a Ballet/Tanz Year Book nomination as one of the most remarkable female performers of 2008, as well as by numerous grants and residencies. Nurmela holds an MA in Dance pedagogy (University of the Arts Helsinki, 2007) and a BA in Dance (Folkwang University, 2002) and she has also studied Dance and Movement Therapy at Eino Roiha Institute (University of Jyväskylä, 2013–2014).

Photo taken by Glasses'n Beard Photography in Avidan´s and Maria´s residency at Arts Printing House Vilnius February 2019.