Current Projects

Susurrus in Hellerau-European Center for Contemporary Art, February 2018. Photos Kalle Ropponen.

Susurrus in Hellerau-European Center for Contemporary Art, February 2018. Photos Kalle Ropponen.



Susurrus’ is a new performance installation that draws a parallel between a human midlife crisis and the current ecological crisis. The project brings together contemporary dance, original spoken text, and immersive design to embrace audiences in this alternately humorous, moving and provocative journey. 

‘Susurrus’ is site-responsive and adapted to each performance context. The design is built on a sustainable operating system that is powered from a standard household power-outlet. The light is redirected through the space by designer, Kalle Ropponen, using a system of mirrors. The creative team is currently developing both an installation version for a white gallery space and a black-box theater version. 

As part of the creative process, the ‘Susurrus’ team have been collaborating with Aerocene, an artistic/scientific community initiated by visual artist, Tomás Saraceno. The core of the foundation is the Aerocene Explorer, a light-weight 6.15mx8.8m solar-powered sculpture that its inflated by air, lifted only by the sun and carried by the wind. Alongside each presentation of ‘Susurrus’ the team will have a public Explorer launch and movement workshop. Read more about the Susurrus/Aerocene collaboration HERE.

Full-length video of Gallery and Theater developments (45-120min) available – please contact via email.

– May 2017: Dansometre
– August 2017: BetOnest Artistic Residency
– February 2018: HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden
– July 2018: Ehka-Productions / Kutomo Residency
– August 2018: Routa Company
Due to Premiere in 2019.

Choreography, Author, Performance: Maria Nurmela, Renae Shadler
Light/Set Design: Kalle Ropponen
Sound Design: Samuel Hertz (previously Korhan Erel)

Supported by an Art Promotion Center Finland- Mobility Grant, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Institut finlandais Paris, and Tanssikoulu Tanssitiimi, Australian Embassy, Aerocene Foundation, Palais de Tokyo