Tales of Twenty Dodgy Fingers

Tales of Twenty Dodgy Fingers

7th April 2017 | 6.30 pm

“Tales of Twenty Dodgy Fingers” is a dance theater performance by Karoliina Loimaala and Maya Oliva. It is a chronicle of cinematic movement, featuring two episodes that transform the art of cinema, live on stage, and ask the question “What if movies were seen as choreographies?”. To them, film art has a tangible specificity that absorbs the spectator in its world, and creates environments with visual virtuosity and distinct soundscapes. In rejecting abstract movement without meaning and an end, Karoliina and Maya depart from the gestures of everyday actions, to “twist them ruthlessly around, fictionalize them, butter them up, dip them in boiling sugar”!

Karoliina Loimaala

Finnish, Helsinki based dance artist, born 1989. Recent – 2016 She has worked on her own artistic work in Finland at the Centre of Performing Arts in Helsinki, Urban ApaFestival, Theatre Ilves, and Adishakti Theatre in India with Maya Oliva. She has worked in collaborations in Culture Centre Caisa with Anne Naukkarinen, Kids project, École de Sablés Senegal, with Ballet Finland, Sami Saikkonen, and as a dancer in Helsinki City theatre 2010-12. She has been teaching since 2010. 

She graduated from P.A.R.T.S. 2016, previous Tampere conservatorium 2011, studies at Helsinki university in philosophy, art theories and languages currently running. She has especially strong influences from the work with Forsythe Company dancers, Fabrice Mazliah, Yoko Ando, Katja Cheranova, Ayman Harper and the Slovaks, Martin Kilvady, Peter Jasko. She is interested in budo and is currently studying the impact of martial arts on dance art and body studies. She writes and has a strong interest in text and the power of imaginative language.


Maya Oliva

is a performer, dance artist and choreographer based in Brussels, Belgium. She was born in Montréal, Canada, and raised in Florence, Italy, where she trained at Balletto di Toscana and Opus Ballet. At sixteen began traveling and studying in New York (Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Shen Wei), London (The Place), Milan (Music, Arts & Show), and finally Brussels, where she graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in 2016.
Maya worked with Balletto di Torino and in the piece “13 Objects” Camilla Monga. She performed “Caverna das Borboletas,” a solo by Ricardo Ambrozio of Ultima Vez in Portugal, and “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” performed in Edmonton Fringe Festival in Canada.
Recently, in collaboration with Karoliina Loimaala, she choreographed “With a Pair of Dirty Gloves”. It was selected to be included in the NEU NOW Festival in Amsterdam in 2016.
Aside from her performance and choreography, Maya has produced multiple installments of “Nocturne,” a multi-disciplinary, multi-faceted, 12-hour arts jam, to promote interconnectedness and facilitate inspiration within the Brussels and New York arts community at large.