Works, practices and projects

This is a more than 15 years work, as now I can share it with you, it has being a journey of research, unfolding, doing/undoing, remembering from the memories of my cells, from the memories of nature, and over everything experiencing nature, myself us nature, experience my ancestral body though the layers of time and though the layers of my body. My work includes many ways of expression: dance, voice, archaic singing, installations, field art.

Here some of my latest projects and practices

Project: Over the land of the Bear. March-December 2021

This is a project about how as human we inhabit Earth and how, going through the layers of the body we can get deeply sensitive and aware of how much we influence our environment and, at the same time, how much our environment is influencing us.

In this project also, I work with issues of belonging/not belonging, from own experiences of 21 years as an immigrant in Finland and how the connection with nature rises up body memories. My movements, my presence, the sounds/songs I give birth, are about expressing the experience of nature connection, which it is a continues exchange, a cycle itself, of getting deep in ones origin.

The memories of the body awake, deeper and deeper, more far away memories that can take me even more far. The movement, the voice are bringing this memories to the present moment and became the present moment expression towards the future, still, everything is here and just here.

What this past memories as present expression bring and the will of expressing them, even through the difficulties and pains, is what creates the print I am letting to the memory of nature. Maybe one day my imprinted memories will need to be rise up for others and I hope those prints will serve them well.

This project is financed by the Finnish Cultural Foundation. My work includes ecosomatic practices through movement, dance, singing, field-art and writing.



Mentoring program of ecosomatic art and education

Project: Nature in me. 

Working day, exploring. With the Chilean artist Leslie Apablaza. Reflecting on the project Nature in me, at the Mentoring program of ecological art and education, that I hold here in Finland. Video: Karoliina Hautajärvi. The artist Leslie Apablaza was financed by the National Arts Foundation of Chile to be part of this program.



Project: Winter research on snow, eyes, breath and movement

Winter in Finland at -27 celsius. Connecting with nature. The ice and the snow possesses an ancient energy, something that could relate me with an era before humanity exist and, at the same time, something that relates us with a far future, when everything will became again like that. My body felt amazed and thankful for the winters deep pause, the silent, the simplicity of the landscape. In the snow field where nobody has walked yet, own print became clear and reminds me that, that’s how it happens, we are always living prints in every step we make, all of us. Influencing and changing nature. And we can choose what print we want to let behind, at least at certain level. Video: Karoliina Hautajärvi.


Practice: TOUCH, giving-receiving cycle.


>>>THE TREE OF SHAME (complete performance)

The Tree of Shame is a dance, music, installation work that talks about shame and the need of humans to recycle own body in order to get rid of it. There is so much shame in human bodies, maybe as much as plastic in the ocean. We need to recycle everything, also ourselves. Only by recycling ourselves from shame we might be able to express who we really are, we might be able to connect with ourselves, others and nature. Connection is surviving. This work was financed by TAIKE, Arts promotion center of Finland.
Concept, installation, voice, choreography: Gabriela Ariana
Music: Tuomas Rounakari
Dancers: Taru Koski, Riina Huhtanen and Jukka Tarvainen
Video: Karoliina Hautajärvi
Audio-material (interviews about shame): Emilia Frantsi



Working on the installation for Tree of Shame project. I was really concentrate in this brunches, working with them carefully to be able to return them after to the forest. When they where all hanging from the celling it felt like a real presence of something else, also working team and the public notice it. The video under is from a rehearsals of The tree of Shame. Practicing with voice, contact, sensitiveness on the theme of shame in the body and moving shame. Dancers: Taru Koski, Riina Huhtanen and Jukka Tarvainen. Choreographer: Gabriela Ariana. Video: Karolina Hautajärvi. August 2019.


Working at the studio of Harri Kentala, with the musician Ville Syrjäläinen. Doing recording and starting a research that we will be sharing with you already this year, but mainly during 2021. We will be with on-line and also live performance events. Here some clips from our session on the 03.09.2020.


Dance practice by the sea/Mujer sola at Lapinlahti bay in Helsinki

>>>It is the ending of the autumn in Finland, still couple of degrees over 0. I see the dance that is around me, everything is in movement and I let it pass though me. In this video I am practicing with sensing the outside around and the inside of my body in constant communication, in a constant exchange. I practice to discover how much the body carries the sense of belonging/not belonging in relationship with the moment. The music is a song I record in September 2019. If you wish to listen the whole version is in the next video: