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New Performance Turku Festival
International festival of performance art and live art 3.–5.5.2012

A strange looking woman is sliding onto the stage wearing a cheerleader’s uniform and shouting cheers for herself. In the gallery people are discussing their relationship to different kinds of machines and devices. A man dressed up as a triangle is playing an electric piano. Two people stand under the light of two sunlamps and whisper love stories into the ears of passers-by. Where does our notion of freedom evolve from and how is it acted out in performance art?

New Performance Turku is an international festival for performance and Live Art, and it was organised for the first time at various venues around Turku from 3rd to 5th May 2012. The festival presented a program of both international and national artists from the field of new performance art.

The performance venues were Titanik Gallery, Gallery Berner, The Old Town Hall Gallery, Fluxee club at the TEHDAS Theatre, Dynamo Club, Biological Museum, Kutomo, Breathing Pop-Up Space and Wiklund Screen at the Market Square. Some of the works also took place in public spaces around the city.

New Performance Turku Festival wants to examine what is actually happening in the international arena of experimental performance and Live Art, what is new and where the influences come from.


Wathiq Al-Ameri & Ali Al-Fatlawi (IQ/CH)
Oreet Ashery (UK)
Gary Stevens (UK)
Kate McIntosh (NZ/BE)
Łukasz Jastrubczak (PL)
Lynn Lu (SI/UK)
Maija Hirvanen (FI)
Tero Nauha (FI)

In collaboration with: Artists’ Association Arte, Dynamo, Ehkä-production, Fluxee, Saari Residence maintained by Kone Foundation, Artists’ Association MUU, TEHDAS theatre, Turku Museum Centre, Zodiak, Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland and Ugly Duckling

Supporters: Kone Foundation, Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland and Arts Council of Finland