Moving in November


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 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.

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. In 2017, the festival is supported by Goethe-Institut Finnland.




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