”The end result is far more interesting than any performances I've seen from theatre improvisation companies' in recent years. ----- The concept has become rather popular and no wonder.” NEWSPAPER HELSINGIN SANOMAT

Wanna see a ridiculous dance solo? Or three political snakes dancing? In Hutiklubi
you get to decide the frames for the scenes. Just yell out your deepest wishes to
the four dancers and a musician, and see it come dancing true!

Hutiklubi combines contemporary dance, theatre improvisation and music improvisation. The performance consists of short dance scenes that are created with the audience who provides themes, styles and qualities for the performers. Thus the audience gets to influence the continuum of the show.

Together with the performance-wise visitors (actors, dancers, musicians) the piece
has already mesmerized thousands of spectators around Finland. Hutiklubi is Off/Balance’s most performed piece and it has been seen in theater spaces, at several domestic dance festivals, outdoor events and school tours already more than 80 times.

Hutilkubi’s performance and improvisation workshops have been in demand as part of cultural education content in schools, and Hutiklubi’s school tours have been carried out in Central Finland and nationwide several times between 2016 and 2024.

“How does the same dance fit so many elements: sensitivity, humor, explosive primal power, yearning… Ah!”

“I cannot remember when had I laughed this much in a contemporary dance performance.”


Choreographer: Jukka Tarvainen
Dancers: Elina Häyrynen, Katja Sallinen and Jukka Tarvainen
Musician: Lauri Kallio
Production: Off/Balance
Funding: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Dance Center of Central Finland, City of
Jyväskylä and Arts Council of Central Finland
Premiere: 8.7.2015, Jyväskylä Summer Festival, Jyväskylä
Duration: 45-60 min.

Photos: Matti Häyrynen, Ari Kauppila and Jaakko Nieminen

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