Kaksi yhdessä - Two in one
INTEGROIDUN TANSSIN RYHMÄ ABLE ART GROUP I , HARJOITUKSET
ABLE ART GROUP a group of integrated dance in Joensuu, Finland
Able Art Group is an integrated dance and art group which started practicing in the beginning of
2014 in Joensuu, Finland. Dance artist Minni Hirvonen is the convoker, artistic leader and
choreographer of the group.
Able Art Group is going to carry out an environmentally conscious production. It will discuss
climate change by combining movement, drama, sound, and visual aspects, and it celebrates the
beauty of nature. This production will be a pilot for a new kind of cooperation.
The work of Able Art Group is part of a larger environmentally conscious production. The first part,
Miss Katastrofi & metaaniröyhtäys (Miss Catastrophe and the Methane Burp) was performed at
Vimma festival of modern dance in spring 2014 in Joensuu. Able Art Group will produce a piece
called Gridlock & Flood. The budget of this production is 25 050 €.
The group's associates are PohjoisKarjalan CPyhdistys ry (the CP association of North Carelia),
PohjoisKarjalan Tanssitaiteen tuki ry and some freelance artists. The group was recently granted
a national recognition called Vuoden toimija from Tukilinja.
This pilot project of integrated dance aims for a wider recognition and acknowledgement of this art
form. Another goal is to inspire other associations for people with disabilities to join artistic
Able Art Group's production Gridlock & Flood aims for creating integrated art professionally. Also
one of the goals of the production is to eliminate prejudice and misconceptions towards disability
and disease. The production will show the enriching effect this kind of cooperation has on
people's lives. Everyone among the performers as well as the audience can experience
something new and meaningful.
The core of the group consists of active members of local associations for people with physical
disabilities. They have been dancing together for a while i.a. in a wheelchair dance group
organised by the Community college of Joensuu area.
The team working on Gridlock & Flood consists of culture enthusiasts, professional artists and an
assistance dog. The 10 amateur dancers in Able Art Group are from very different backgrounds.
Some of them have physical, intellectual, or sensory disabilities or neurological diseases; some of
them don't. Every group member's story is included in the final production in small pieces and
reflections, and everyone has an important role as a part of the team. (The attachment contains
personal descriptions of the group members.)
Dancers & performers: Mika Kinnunen, Iiris Brocke, Riitta Pesonen, Arja Pappinen, Minna
Sinkkonen, Ilona Suojama, Annika Väisänen, Raimo Ruttonen, Elsa Laakkonen, Lidia Catalano,
Karoliina Turkka and canine Maikkidog.