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The Rroots project/Maya


The Rroots is an interdisciplinary art project crowdfunded and realized in South America and Berlin. It is a collaboration between musician and film maker Alex Zampini and dancer and performer Maria Rutanen. The work concept was initiated and part of the project was researched in collaboration with Belgium based artist duo Rebecca Fernandes Lopez and Antoine Dutrieu known as a Weave-team. The project investigates invisibility and things which are overlooked and forgotten. Through the artistic encounters with local artists and the exploration of local traditions the project looks at invisibility from different perspectives. The research project travels through Argentina, Bolivia and Peru by making a performance in an urban space in Buenos Aires. Having a layover in an Argentinian permaculture farm, that stands next to "hidden food industry", a slaughterhouse and pesticide-treated soya and corn fields. In Peru and Bolivia researching about old Inca culture and local traditions through ceremonial rituals. Entering into invisible inner spheres with local medicine plants. Sharing a movement workshop within the theme of “journey to unknown”. The Project is an amalgam of photography, film art, and site specific performances. Maya is a performance combining movement, live music, and visuals. Maya was realized in Berlin as a final project of Rroots journey. It is a performance about entering into invisible realms. 


Concept, performance, choreography: Maria Rutanen.

Concept, live music, video installation: Alex Zampini

Tech Residency, Lake Studios Berlin

The Rroots project is supported by Kisskissbankbank 2015

The Rooms


The Rooms is a piece about shared common experience on privacy in our culture. It questions the concept of home and on going gentrification, when people are desperately searching for a space to inhabit, to be alone and to be together, that could be felt like home. 

Choreography and concept: Maria Rutanen

Performance: Rocio Marano and Maria Rutanen

Sound: Electronic Traffic

Nah Dran, Ada studio

Thanks to Gabi Beier/Ada Studio

Berlin 2015

Link trailer:
Review Ada studio writer:

photo: Alex Zampini

Happy Fears

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Two tables, two chairs, two light bulbs, two performers and two bars in the two different evenings. 


Choreography and performance:

Anna Neuber and Maria Rutanen

Sound: Electronic Traffic

48 Stunden Neukölln/48 hours Neukölln -festival

Berlin 2014


Link trailer:


photo: Rocio Marano

The Four Elements

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The Four Elements is a multidiscipline performance that unites live music, dance, poetry, paintings and visual art together. Tuli (Fire) is a solo piece, which is a part of the Four Elements score. The performance is made for a music composition by Luis Pato "The Four Elements". 

Concept: Teija Englund, Luis Pato and Meinert Steensen

Composition: Luis Pato

Piano: Teija Englund

Cello: Jan Wahlsten

Dance: Maria Rutanen

Paintings: Anna Leppä

Visuals: Meinert Steensen
Assistant: Katja Menzel-Lahtinen

Poetry: Maria Laiho

Supported by Credere Fund

Lahti, Finland 2012

Cold Café


Cold Cafe explores detailed staccato movements that are performed precisely in timing and unison. 

Duo work choreographed and performed by

Maria Rutanen and Lou Poirier

Sound: Ticklisch

E-WERK Freiburg


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