Maija Hirvanen is a choreographer and performance maker based in Helsinki. Since the early 2000’s she has created performances that have been presented at festivals and venues in Finland and internationally, for instance at Zodiak, Kiasma, Baltic Circle Festival, Helsinki Festival and Moving in November Festival in Helsinki, Tanz im August/Berlin, ImpulsTanz/Vienna, Sadler’s Wells/Lilian Baylis Studio/London, SPRING Festival/Utrecht, Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis and Dansens Hus/Stockholm. She was the in-house choreographer at Zodiak – Center for New Dance from 2013–15. The Arts Promotion Centre Finland has admitted Hirvanen a 5-year artist grant for 2019-2023.
Maija Hirvanen’s interests range from the relationship between art and different belief systems, collaborative processes within cultural practices and performance as collective memory to mechanisms of re-learning. She has shown her work in theatres, public spaces and galleries. Hirvanen has participated in many international artist laboratories and collaborated with other artists.
Hirvanen has a BA in interdisciplinary performing arts (Turku Art Academy & Dartington College of Arts/Performance Writing) and MA in Visual Culture (Helsinki School for Arts and Design/Aalto University). Her earlier studies in dance vary from the Kuopio high school for Music and Dance and Turku Conservatory’s dancers education to taking part in various workshops.