Moving in November is the oldest and most significant contemporary dance festival in the Helsinki area. The festival, founded in 1986, brings international artists and performances to Finland and instigates discourse with its edgy programming.

Moving in November is an independently curated, topical and progressive festival. Its mission is to educate and inspire local audiences. The festival strives to be topical, international and progressive.

A dance festival could be curated by picking international gems from a vast selection, counting on proven success. But Moving in November wants to expand into the unknown, to broaden horizons, to stand by the artists and to open up new doors. Thus, the festival also presents new works, or works that have not yet made their mark in the international scene. Moving in November is proud to act as a coproducer of new creations, both in Finland and internationally.


Artistic Direction

The artistic directors of Moving in November are Ari Tenhula and Mikael Aaltonen. Having two artistic directors enables critical discourse and a high level of curating. Programming decisions are tested in an ongoing dialogue.

Ari Tenhula is the professor of dance at the Theatre Academy in the University of Arts in Finland. Tenhula has been a member of the festival curating team since 1996. In 2006 he became the Artistic Director of the festival. He has previously acted as Artistic Director of Helsinki Dance Company, and worked as an independent choreographer.

Mikael Aaltonen has acted as the other Artistic Director of Moving in November festival since 2010. He is also the curator of URB festival, and works regularly at the Theatre Academy. Aaltonen has previously curated e.g. performances for ARS 06 at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art.


Organisation, Production and Partners

The organisation behind Moving in November is Tanssiareena ry / Dance Arena. Its members are Esitystaiteen keskus ry (Center for Performance Art), University of the Arts / Theatre Academy and Tanssin talo ry (Dance House Finland). Board members of Dance Arena are Nina Numminen (pj.), Juha Valkeapää, Annika Tudeer, Elina Pirinen and Eeva Muilu, with vice members Sanna Myllylahti, Vera Nevanlinna, Samuli Nordberg and Mikko Niemistö.

Since 2012, Moving in November has been produced by Arts Management Helsinki. Producers Isabel González and Outi Järvinen has worked with the festival already longer: González has been the festival’s executive producer since 2009 and Järvinen has previously worked as the festival’s producer in 2004–2005. Arts Management Helsinki acts as a collaborative and strategic partner for Dance Arena.

Moving in November collaborates with several partners in the Helsinki region. It is funded by the Cultural Ministry of Finland and the City of Helsinki.



Festival performances take place in various venues in the Helsinki metropolitan region. Long time partners and venues include Cultural Centre Stoa, Kiasma Theatre, Zodiak – Center for New Dance, and Media Centre Lume.