Nadja Pärssinen (Fin./Rus.) is a Finnish choreographer, dancer and movement teacher based in Southern Finland. Often her works involves dialogue between movement and music, interdisciplinary art forms, and linguistics. Her choreographic thinking is inspired contact and compositional thinking, task and process orientations, lightness, playfulness and also stepping on the edge of the unknown. She is a initiator of a platform FlowWowProductions.
She has been working as a choreographer and dancer for many years in Improvisation group Flesh in the Space, NotaBene art group led by chor. Vera Lapitskaya, and with following choreographers; Beniamino Borghi, Madeline Hollander, Sanna Myllylahti, Anu Sistonen, Anna Venäläinen, Katariina Vähäkallio, Katriina Kantola and Pia Lindy. In addition Pärssinen has been participating to Rosalind Crisp’s intensive lab periods, which has been a huge source of inspiration. In her latest works she has been collaborating with visual artistis Jeroen Sebrechts, Virpi Velin, Roberto Fusco, Alisa Javits and following sound designers Liisa Herisch, Moritz Cartheuser, Ari Salonen, Olga Nosova, Amanda Blomqvist & Marie-Claire Schlameus. Currently she is practicing energetic work of Taiji, wandering & climbing in nature.
Her recent creation Mirror Mirror Sees Them All was created together with visual artist Virpi Velin and media artist Roberto Fusco. This performance studied different dialogues with the question what it means to observe and to be observed through the lens of a camera and to be constantly reflected from images and moving mirroring surfaces (spectators) of AI. Pärssinen was choreographing DEEP SKIN sound and dance piece for two musicians and four performers, where the starting point of the creation was question what happens when you make yourself available. Recently she collaborated with a video artist Alisa Javits in a wander themed The Landscape escapes in a relation to… a short dance film which has been shown in 10 different venues in Finland and abroad. The latest FOOTNOTES 2 installation performance in collaboration with video artist Sari Antikainen and sound designer and cellist Marie-Claire Schlameus was seen in Cultural enter Sähinä in Helsinki 2021.
She has been teaching in Helsinki Dance Company and giving profitraining in various places in Finland such as University of Arts theatre department (Swedish) in Helsinki, RIVERIA dance department in North Karelia, Regional Dance Centre of Pohjanmaa in Vaasa and in following associations Tanssille Ry in Helsinki, DansArt Ry in Turku and TREenit Ry in Tampere.
- In 2006-2009 graduated from North-Karelia´s international Dance Department.
- In 2015-2016 she studied Theater and Pedagogy studies in Helsinki University of Art in Finland.
- In 2018 established her own platform FlowWowProductions.
- Since 2019 has been active board member of association Catalysti Tanscultural Artist in Finland.
- Since 2019 has her own working space in Cultural Center Sähinä which is located in a beautiful island Lauttasaari, region of Helsinki.
- In 2020-2021 Dance and Pedagogy studies in Helsinki University of Art in Finland.