Dancer-Choreographer Johanna Nuutinen is the lead artist of Johanna Nuutinen + Collaborators, a dance production platform formed in 2016. After graduating from the Ballet School of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet in 2002, she joined the company the same year. Johanna danced soloist parts in works by names such as Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Johan Inger, Jacobo Godani, Sylvie Guillem and John Neumeier. In 2017 she had a soloist role in Tero Saarinen‘s Kullervo.
During her extensive career at the National Ballet, Johanna also created her own productions on stage and on film. Her award-winning dance films have been presented at over 40 international film festivals and her stage works at several dance festivals in Finland and abroad. Nuutinen received a 3-year artist grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation in 2017 and another grant from the Arts Promotion Center Finland in 2020.
Nuutinen’s latest works include ANON – The Act of waiting (2018), the multidisciplinary work IRIS (2017) and OPIA (2021). OPIA is the first part of Nuutinen’s series of works that examine the world of senses and sensory perceptions – TSC’s Hz (2022) being the second. Before Tero Saarinen Company, she has created commissioned works for the Finnish National Ballet and West Australian Ballet. Hz is the first piece commissioned for Tero Saarinen Company by another choreographer.