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Trinity Laban in Helsinki

Mon 15 January 2018

This year, members of Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Dance will be paying two visits to Helsinki, for auditions and performances.

In May, our postgraduate dance company Transitions will perform at The Theatre Academy of Uniarts, Helsinki as part of their international tour. They will be presenting a brand new triple bill, including a piece by acclaimed Finnish choreographer and Trinity Laban alumnus Jarkko Partanen.

Jarkko is a founding member of multidisciplinary arts collective WAUHAUS, which recently won the prestigious annual Finnish State Award for Performing Arts. He says of his new piece:

“The piece continues two trajectories I have been interested in continuing from previous works: touch and obscuring the body. Transitions is a company with its own identity and I think the group is fantastic. It’s really nice to have such a diverse group of people from different backgrounds, with very different skills, but who work really well together and complement each other. There’s been a lot of laughter and playfulness, which is good!”

Ahead of that visit, on 3 & 4 February Trinity Laban will be holding auditions for students interested in studying on our various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Jarkko Partanen himself completed his undergraduate studies at Trinity Laban, graduating in 2008. He says of his time at Trinity Laban:

“To collaborate with so many colleagues and find people who were interested in working with me was very powerful. As was working with and observing the choreographers who created the newly commissioned works for us in my final year, which gave me greater insight into different creative processes. I really liked my time here, I felt very supported by the institution, and the Laban Theatre is one of the most beautiful theatres I’ve worked in!”

To find out more about our Helsinki auditions, email

To find out more about the Transitions Dance Company, visit our website

To read our full interview with Jarkko, visit our blog.