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Otto Akkanen
Dance Teacher (M.A.) (Hochschule für musik und darstellende Kunst, Frankfurt am Main)
Dancer (Outokumpu, Riveria)
Sosionomi (AMK, DIAK)


Main questions
Presence.
Ontology.

Philosophy of teaching
All knowledge is physical (even if information is not), and thus embodied.

All knowledge is created by the “student” from the experiences and circumstances.

Teacher can affect the circumstances, but not the knowledge that is formed

The knowledge formed by student might be more “valid” than the knowledge which the teacher was aiming to pass on.

Dance

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As a dancer (2020)
Choreography Mirva Mäkinen.


HotBox

Live streamed improvisation performance (2019)


Effets de Dansité

https://vimeo.com/205277486

As a dancer (2017)
Please follow the vimeo link to see


Excerpt from improvisation in Kagoshima, Japan 2015


Everything’s the same (2006 – ongoing)

Structured improvisation, or a choreography if you will.
On past, present, future, presence, memory, identity, loss.


Aldebaran

As a dancer, 2013
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Sleeping Patterns

As a dancer, 2011
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Video

I Tend to Forget
2022

To be here, always
2003-2019


Why do I live ?
2015 – ongoing


Kaatumalla / By fall
2003

Music

Song for you (2019 – ongoing)
All songs are improvisations, made within 6 minutes from topics given by people through social media. Link to the song is posted to the person who gave the topic.

Eventhough songs might later “develope” the projects aim is the one to one communication, and creating a relation through creation.

Oh death

Inside


Save my Breath (2006)

save me

Small patch of 3″ cd-r’s with individual photographs.


4 endings (2007)

4end

music pieces originally made for the ending of the dance piece “everything’s the same”

2nd

5th

Teaching

2023: Helsinki,

2022: Helsinki, Leipzig, Barcelona

2019: Brussels, Bejing, Nanchang, Kanton, Shanghai, Jinan, Kunming, Amsterdam 

2018: Kiev, Madrid, Brussels, Tokyo, Melbourne, Sydney, Byron Bay, Changsha, St. Petersburg, Göttingen

2017: Grenoble, Marseille, Rennes, Brussels, Barcelona, Moscow, St. Petersburgh, Frankfurt (MaCODE/hfmdk)

2016: Paris, Helsinki Theather Academy, St. Petersburg, Donosti, Montpellier, Perpignan

2015: Helsinki, Brussels, Hamburg, St. Petersburg, Frankfurt am Main, Kagoshima, Kyoto, Otemon College, Chongquin, Chengdu, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Paris

2014: Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Bilbao, Malaga

2013: Bremen; Helsinki Theater Academy

2012: Nazareth; Seminar Kibbutsin, Tel Aviv; Israel Contact festival; Harkov; Chisinau; Rostov on Don; Cagliary, Sardegna; Ibiza Contact Festival; Freiburg Contact festival; Altay Contact festival; Kiev Contact festival; Malaga; Brighton

2011: Buenos Aires; Florianopolis; Porto Alegre; St. Petersburg; Moscow; Rostov On Don; ”Kihinää” day, Helsinki; Freiburg; Kiev; Crimea

2010: Kiev; Odessa; Chisinau; Trans-Contact festival, Cluj-Napoca; Kiev; Crimea; Ibiza; St. Petersburg; Moscow; Ryazan; Rome; Naples; Orvieto

2009: Floreanopolis; Buenos Aires, El Bolson, Ibiza Contact festival; Altay, siberian contact festival

2008: Berlin; Moscow; St. Petersburgh; Tumen; Surgut; Kiev; Helsinki

2008 – 2018: Skiing On Skin – Finnish Contact festival

2007: Creative movement workshops for social work students

2006-2009: University Sports, part time teacher



Part of my thesis from MACoDE
http://midstoflife.ainiaan.org/




Demo from the workshop on Freedom


Some lifts that I could teach.