“In a dream you saw a way to survive and you were full of joy.” Jenny Holzer
A Finnish choreographer, two other dancers and 8 – 10 children together create a “dream laboratory” to explore different stages of sleep. The focus is on rapid eye movement sleep, the state between sleep and wakefulness, and lucid dreaming.
The performers shift between the states of sleep and dreaming, sometimes awakening in order to direct the course of the dream, at other times letting the dream guide them. Through movement, light, video projections and sound, they recreate surreal dreams. The team works with local children and the piece will be modifi ed according to the new “dreamer” team.
Milla Koistinen has graduated from the Theatre Academy of Helsinki, Finland with MA in dance and from HfS Ernst Busch/HZT Berlin with MA in choreography. 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 Sommerszene Salzburg, ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Tanzhaus NRW, Mad House Helsinki, Ballhaus Ost and in Uferstudios Berlin.
Koistinen has collaborated among others with Jochen Arbeit, 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, Toula Limnaios Company, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Munich DancePAT, 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.In 2017 Milla Koistinen is working with the support of Arts Promotion Centre Finland six months artist grant.