Pirjetta Mulari has been working as the manager for international affairs at Dance Info Finland since 2005. She has been developing Dance Info Finland’s international work and within that programmes such as Korea-Finland Connection, exchange, co-production and residence programmes between Japan and Finland, and Australia-Finland Dance Exchange. Mulari is active through her job in Nordic collaboration projects (kedja, ICE HOT), and also the Finnish partner for Aerowaves network in Europe. Prior to her current job, Mulari has been working in different managerial positions including Helsinki 2000 – European Cultural City office, Nomadi Productions, Heureka – the Finnish Science Centre and Dance Arena. She has MA in Dance Studies from the Laban Centre, London, and studies in Physical Education, Law and Cultural Politics from Finland. She worked as a choreographer and dance teacher before turning into arts management.
On Friday 13th of March, we invited 6 International delegates to give us an overview of the dance sector in their region. What are the landscapes, trends, difficulties and new directions coming out of their country or region? What are their influences? Where do they fit on a global stage and how what connections do they see with Australian Dance? This is what Pirjetta Mulari had to say.
As the Finnish coordinator for Australia-Finland Dance Exchange, I am extremely interested in learning more about Australian dance and performance art. Also working with ICE HOT, and collaborating with Australian network Mobile States, Dance Massive gives an excellent opportunity to connect with the Australian partners. In international collaboration, I believe in projects that develop on the artist level, connecting professionals that share similar values and views in making art, things happening on the person-to-person and people-to-people level.