Jarkko Lehmus has a Master’s Degree in Dramaturgy from Goldsmiths College (London), and a second Master’s in Art Management and Politics from Birkbeck College (London). He has also studied dance and theatre at the Ballet School of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet (Helsinki), Millennium Performing Arts (London) and Guildford School of Acting (Surrey). In addition to classical soloist works, he performed in works by e.g. William Forsythe, Siobhan Davies, Richard Alston and Stephen Petronio. Lehmus was a soloist with the Scottish Ballet in 2003–2009, and in 2005 he received a Herald Angel Award for Excellence for his performances of Ashley Page’s works at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He has also collaborated with the Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre and the Finnish National Ballet.
Lehmus has a wide artistic background from physical theatre and musicals to neoclassical ballet and conceptual performance art. He is currently working as the Executive Producer and Dramaturg at Cirko – Center for New Circus and does freelance work as a dramaturg, choreographer and director in performing arts. Previously Lehmus has worked as the Artistic Director of Jojo – Oulu Dance Centre. Before his role as the Dramaturg of Hz (2022), Lehmus has collaborated with TSC during 2011–2018, working as a freelance dancer in the Company’s creations.