Sanni Giordani (1990), is a dance artist based in Helsinki, Finland. She works widely in the field of arts, experiencing and learning through different media such as dance, theater and visual arts. She has a bachelor’s degree in dance from The University of the Arts Helsinki and is now finishing her master’s degree in Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art in Aalto University.
Sanni works as a performer, choreographer and teacher in Finland and internationally. She has worked with i.a. choreographers Jarkko Mandelin, Tuomo Railo and Susanna Leinonen. She is a member of a dance company Kinetic Orchestra and Happy Bodies collective. In her work Sanni wonders the world through bodily transformations, contact work and play of weight and lightness. Her most recent work Work Work was exhibited in 2021 in Ars Libera Gallery in Kuopio and in 2020 in Asbestos Art Space in Helsinki.
I dance because it makes me feel alive. For me movement is a way to think, to operate on a level where language cannot reach. It is a vehicle that allows me to process and understand being in the world. I’m endlessly fascinated by human beings and our weird, adaptable bodies, that keep surprising me constantly. I think it’s important to be able to see/sense/witness different physicalities and bodily ways of being, since in our society the diverse modes of movement keep vanishing. For me dance is a practice of acting differently in this shrinking world.
People matter to me and they are always the baseline that runs through the process of my work. I’m most interested in seeing people on stage; personalities, skins, flesh, past, present and maybe future that they’ll entail while entering the stage. I usually work collectively and I believe that to be able to nurture an inspiring ambiance is the most essential cornerstone of a creation.
In my work intuition plays an important role, as there rarely is a logical reason for things to occur, it is mostly about feeling, creation of atmospheres. I’m attracted to playfulness, dark matters flavored with pastels, masses, organic structures, repetition and visual planning as a part of making choreography. My practice includes contact work, improvisation and movement research. Lately I’ve been also flirting with installation art and painting.
This is a construction of practice on a construction site
Fading dances on a disappearing place
Leaving traces of movements that ones were
Little rasping noises under my shoe
Ancient trees and clattering trucks
My wobbling movement on this bumpy ground
Unsuitable people in inconvenient places