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Eeva-Maria Mutka
My art

My practice sits on the edge of Theatre, Dance and Visual Art.

My lineage is in the field of new dance and somatic, experimental performance. I have been particularly influenced by Japanese Butoh, Skinner Releasing Technique and other Somatic movement methodologies - and Buddhist thought & practice. I live on an old farm at the edge of the wild, and in 18 years I have learnt a lot from the daily encounter with what I call the ‘march of the wild’ – the tension and balance of our effort and nature’s force.

 

In all my work, be it with the independent choreographers I have collaborated with to create performances, or groups of children, or those who have suffered a Stroke….I seek to touch a tender listening through the senses. I encourage and allow a flow of responses and transformation in the body, unhindered by the usual social norms/masks. Images and meanings come up that are pre-verbal and unique to each individual. With somatic embodiment, simple choreographic scores and the philosophy of non-striving, I see a natural grace emerge in people as they move, connecting with their inner life of sensation and imagination. Seeing and being seen empowers us. When we meet ourselves and each other’s worlds with curiosity and humanity, powerful and deeply meaningful images appear.

Biography in brief

Eeva-Maria 

is a Finnish performer, maker and community dance leader currently based in Bristol, UK.

She trained initially at LAMDA 1989-92, and has since continued her professional development in dance and somatic movement work gaining qualifications to teach

‘Body and Earth’ and ‘Space Dance’ /New Butoh work, to deliver the Touch Trust programme and the Youth Mindfulness 8 week programme.

Since the 1990’s she has been performing internationally in dance theatre & film, site specific works, cross art form improvisations, cinema and TV in the UK and Finland.

She works with people of all ages and abilities, including Creative Dance with children, parent & child Movement Play, young people with disabilities, adults with learning disabilities, and the elderly in care home settings.

Current performance projects include:  Lady of the Lake  with Michael Harvey and Stacey Blythe for Beyond the Border Wales International Storytelling Festival 2021, Pneuma by Miranda Tufnell, Sylvia Hallett and David Ward for 3 sites in Yorkshire & Northumbria 2021 and North-Hidden Behind Darkness  in development with Gaby Agis and Titta Court. In Spring 2021 Eeva collaborated with poet Jonathan Edwards to create a short dance poem-film called Paper roll - (Homage to Jack Kerouac) for NDCW/Literature Wales commission series Plethu.

Between 2002-2021 Eeva and her husband Andy Paget ran a rural creative retreat  

p e n p y n f a r c h near Llandysul in SW Wales. She designed and co-ordinated an annual training programme   Body, Movement, Environment  2003-2010 and they provided studio and accommodation to artists from all over the world till 2021. Since 2013 Eeva and Andy have been are developing their work as  'this is somatic'  focussing on an on-going practice of  Embodying Change .

 

Eeva feels passionately about the importance of sensory experiences and creative opportunities for all, for learning, health and happiness. Sustainability education starts with ourselves, our own bodies.

 

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Performing images
Lady of the Lake
Lady of the Lake

Michael Harvey storyteller, Stacey Blythe musician, Eeva-Maria Mutka dancer Miranda Tufnell director

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Paper roll (Homage to Jack Kerouac)
Paper roll (Homage to Jack Kerouac)

Short film by Jonathan Edwards and Eeva-Maria Mutka, part of Plethu commissioned by NDCW and Literature Wales

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Pneuma
Pneuma

Collaborative piece by Miranda Tufnell, Sylvia Hallett and David Ward - image by Christian Kipp

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Close Streams
Close Streams

Duet reconstruction by Gaby Agis - image by Jo Agis

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Witness
Witness

Multi-screen work by Jo Fong - image Filipe Alcada

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North - Hidden Behind Darkness
North - Hidden Behind Darkness

Piece by Gaby Agis, in collaboration with Titta Court & Eeva-Maria Mutka - image by Titta Court

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Traces of Tissues
Traces of Tissues

Collaborative piece by Betwixt (Charlotte Ostergaard and Sally E Dean) - image by Agnes Saaby Thomsen

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Body and Earth
Body and Earth

Web resource, by Andrea Olsen & Caryn McHose - film & photography by Scotty Hardwig

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Space Dance
Space Dance

Space Dance/New Butoh with Tetsuro Fukuhara - image by Tetsuro Fukuhara

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Community Arts Work