Her own choreographic work consists of transdisciplinary and site-specific performances combining different theatrical tools. Her latest co-production Sarastuksia (Dawnings, 2017) with Turku-based Dance School Tanssitiimi and the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art (Turku) was part of the official Finland 100 programme. Nurmela is currently collaborating with Australian choreographer Renae Shadler.
Alongside her artistic work she regularly teaches at institutions such as the University of the Arts Helsinki as well as special pedagogical projects. Her artistry has been recognized by a Ballet/Tanz Year Book nomination as one of the most remarkable female performers of 2008, as well as numerous grants and residencies, including Saari Residency and the Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship. Nurmela holds an MA in Dance pedagogy (University of the Arts Helsinki, 2007) and a BA in Dance (Folkwang University, 2002). Nurmela also studied Dance and Movement Therapy at Eino Roiha Institute (University of Jyväskylä, 2013–2014).