MuddyBoots’ most recent residency is underway in Outokumpu, Finland. Thanks to the willingness and enthusiasm of Ulla Mäkinen, director of dance at the North Karelia College and MACoDE Alumni, we are enjoying three weeks of beautiful studio space inside a renovated old copper mine, peaceful accommodations, blue berries, pristine lake swimming and the chance to dance and research together with our friend and collaborator, Nastia Ivanova. The project “doing things” has been made possible by a post-graduate grant which we received from the Hessian Theater Academy for a proposal we drew up to explore how we can transform and translate a digital video trailer of excerpts of our work into a live dance performance. In exchange for the rehearsal space and hospitality, Ekaterine and I will teach workshops for the second and third year students of the dance department for their first week when they return for the new semester.

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