Dancer, director and choreographer Hanna Brotherus is without a doubt one of the top names in Finnish contemporary dance. In addition to being artistically resolute and exceptionally inventive, she is an artist with a clearly original voice. Her work is constantly addressing and probing the prevalent questions of society.
Brotherus is a pioneer in community stage art, with an extraordinary ability to unite different groups of people and collaborators. Her partners have, among others, included the Finnish National Opera, the Helsinki City Theatre, the Tampere Worker’s Theatre TTT and the Finnish National Theatre. In her work, Brotherus has managed to unreservedly involve both cutting-edge artistic professionals, recovering addicts, daycare children, the elderly and many more.
She has been crossing the borders between art and well-being long before any similar cross-sectional programs were even mentioned in Finland. For Brotherus, this intersection is a natural choice: each theme is founded on actual surrounding circumstances, and every working group is created differently based on attributes and age. The authenticity and presence of the performers is therefore always tangible and distinctly, artistically personal – simultaneously fragile and powerful.
”My passion is to join together different people from different backgrounds and age groups. I believe in intuition, in the power of the touch and presence”.