Moving in November is a contemporary dance festival organised yearly in the Helsinki area. The festival is an invitation to come together. To experience artistic works from the local scene and abroad. Artists voicing their critical thinking, their visions, their experiences, their dreams, opening small windows to the world we are living in.

Artistic and productional direction

Kerstin Schroth is a performing arts manager and curator based in Paris and Berlin. She holds a degree in Cultural Studies and Political Science from the University of Hildesheim. From 2006 to 2019 she acted as company manager of Great Investment, the organizational structure behind choreographer Mette Ingvartsen’s work. In 2006 Schroth initiated the festival within Tanz im August, Berlin and curated it for six years.

Schroth lectures, among others, at DOCH (Stockholm), Universität der Künste/ Sommerakademie (Berlin), K3 Hamburg, and University of Gießen, on curatorial concepts, production management, finance, communication, time management, organization, and working conditions within the performing arts. During a 10-year period she worked as production manager for international festivals such as Tanztheater International (Hannover), Tanz im August (Berlin), Poker im Osten and Context#3 – Learning by doing in Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin). She has worked in long- and short-term collaborations with performing artists such as Lindy AnnisPaul GazzolaFrauke HavemannSasha Waltz and Gérald Kurdian.

Together with Schroth, the festival is being led by the Managing Director Isabel González. She has worked in the field of performing arts, in different roles, since 2003. In Moving in November she started 2009.

Organisation and partners

The organisation behind Moving in November is Tanssiareena ry / Dance Arena. Its members are Esitystaiteen keskus ry (Center for Performance Art), Nuoren Voiman Liitto and University of the Arts / Theatre Academy. Board members of Dance Arena (2022-23) are Liisa Pentti (president), Annamari Karjalainen (vice-president), Milka Luhtaniemi, Maria Matinmikko, Eeva Muilu, Maija Mustonen, Sanna Myllylahti, Mikko Niemistö and Masi Tiitta.

Registered organisations can apply for membership.  Members are approved on application by the board and shall be sent to the secretary of the board: 

Festival performances take place in various venues and production houses in the Helsinki metropolitan region. Long time partners and venues include Stoa, Kiasma Theatre and Zodiak – Center for New Dance. New important partners are Caisa, HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Nuoren Voiman Liitto, University of the Arts / Academy of Fine Arts, and University of the Arts / Theatre Academy.

Moving in November is funded by Arts Promotion Centre Finland and City of Helsinki.

Moving in November is part of the four-year EU project Life Long Burning “Futures Lost and Found (LLB3)”, running from 2023 to 2026, with support from Creative Europe.


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