LAPSody - International Live Art and Performance festival

Thu 21.2. - Sat 23.2.2019

Theater Academy, Helsinki


Twenty-seven established and emerging artists will showcase their work during LAPSody while exploring the topic of Signatures, this year’s festival theme.

Join us in this unique opportunity to discover both Helsinki-based practitioners and international artists visiting Finland for the first time. From Indonesia to Portugal, Cyprus or Australia, Signatures’ lineup will introduce audiences to different styles and approaches to live art and performance. Boxing, poetry, motherhood, an architectural sound object, snow, playful encounters, and much more will mark these three days of performances.

LAPSody will also explore the intersection between performance and moving image through Re-Voyage , a series of video works curated by Basak Senova and produced by the Artist’s Association MUU in the framework of The Performance Voyage.

The festival lineup features Kelvin Atmadibrata (ID/UK), Soufïa Bensaïd (TN/CA), Filippo Berta (IT), Antonín Brinda (CZ), Elina Brotherus (FI), Claude Boudeau (FR), Patrícia Corrêa (PT/BE), Giovanna Esposito Yussif (FI), Magda Gebhardt (FR), Nerisa Guevara (PH), Harold Hejazi (CA/FI), Marja Helander (FI), Sasha Huber (FI/CH/HT), Casey Jenkins (AU), Essi Kausalainen (FI), Heidi Kilpelainen (FI), Padungksak Kochsomrong (TH), Petros Konnaris (CY), Verica Kovacevska (MK/CH), Marika Orenius (FI), Nils Titus Östbrant (SE/FI) and Ignat Burdo (CL/FI), Scott Sandwich (AU), Mihalis Shammas (CY/NL),Suva (IN/FI), Juha Valkeapää (FI), and Anniken Weber (NO).

LAPSody is an international festival organized every two years by the MA students in Live Art and Performance Studies (LAPS) at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. For the 2019 edition, LAPSody is collaborating with the Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) and the artist cooperative Myymälä2 .

The festival is open to everyone! All events are free of charge and will take place at the Theatre Academy, Haapaniemenkatu 6.

More information on our programme and artists is available on

Main organiser: Theater Academy at the Arts University

Partners: Arts Promotion Centre Finland

A naked pregnant woman leans on a see-through film.
Casey Jenkins - Maternal Distress
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