Thursday, November 15, 2018

RAW... a kind of fairytale

RAW... a kind of fairytale 

A solo dance with the first showings in January 2019 in Barker-teatteri.

In this solo performance Marjan Raar has been creating a frame story, which is the base for this performance. She chose the fairytale version of story telling, as fairytales are triggering the fantasy of us humans. It allows our mind to create visual images, which can be non-logic and which can make associations with things beyond understanding.

This fairytale is a fantasy-full story based on some objects and strange happenings which together, are the base and inspiration of this fairytale.
A fairytale about starting , about handicrafts , strange disappearances, about death and extermination while counting the stars... all ending in happiness.. or....

Concept, choreography and dance Marjan Raar
Text and Voice                                Marjan Raar
Sound  and composition                 Arttu Aarnio
Painting                                          Baukje Spaltro
Graphics                                         Dio Lau


  Supported by Svenska Kulturfonden

Wednesday, August 1, 2018



           “ The age difference seems a little awkward, .... but the dance is about that”...

KÅNKEN, a physically challenging choreography by SweetDreams Kollektiv, in which 2 dancers are taking the challenge of defying time and age. The age difference of 30 years between the dancers makes the challenge complete.

This piece is a physical dance and movement performance, in which the boundaries of the past and future are shaken up, age is thrown away and time disappears like sand, while the moment remains.


What we say about KÅNKEN:

"With KÅNKEN, we want to create an earthy, poignant, raw but sensitive, performance about the power of the past, the challenge of the future and the reality of the present.
“Time only exists because otherwise everything would happen simultaneously”.

A dance piece with strong physical images in which we also, just because we like it, carry a piece of Finland with us, with its extreme climate and wild nature "

KÅNKEN (pronounced konken) is Swedish for dragging,pulling or carrying, is a new production of SweetDreams Kollektiv by dancer / choreographer Linda Holmström and dancer / choreographer Marjan Raar, both working in Finland. Linda is Finnish but originally comes from Åland and Marjan is Dutch but lives in Finland.

KÅNKEN is a project divided into 3 parts:
A version for outside locations
A version for galleries and small spaces
A theater and whole evening version 

Part 1 will be performed at:
Friday     24 at 19.00 in Mariehamn
Saturday 25 at 14.00 in Bomarsund
Saturday 25 at 19.00 in Mariehamn

Part 2 will be performed at:
Friday 31.8 at 20.00 at Prenzlauer studio / Kunst-Kollektiv in Berlin


Winsstraße 42, 10405 Berlin, Germany

graphic design by Dio Lau@Prenzlauerstudio/Kunst-Kollektiv Berlin

Here a short impression of KÅNKEN part 2 in Berlin 

Part 3 will be created during spring 2019


Choreography and dance: Linda Björkqvist & Marjan Raar
Music and sound: SweetDreams Kollektiv

Costumes and props: Linda Björkqvist & Marjan Raar

KÅNKEN has received support 
for part 1 : Ålands Kulturdelegation
for part 2: LTA ( the Regional Dance Center of Western Finland), Barker-teatteri, Prenzlauer Studio / Kunst-Kollektiv

Saturday, November 11, 2017


A choreography from Marjan Raar for 3 dancers which is based on situations she experiences as a dance artist.

A choreography about strength, struggle, compassion and existence.

Dance Kaisa Koulu, Linda Holmström, Marjan Raar
Lights Antton Kainulainen
A Marjan Raar / Barker-teatteri production

Barker Teatteri, Turun vapaan taiteen näyttämo
Raunistulantie 25

Supported by Svenska Kulturfonden & Barker-teatteri

Opening Night/ Premiär / Ensi Ilta 5.12.2017 at 19.00
Next performances 7,8,9,14,15.12 at 19.00
Tickets 10/15€ 
Reserve your place and ticket here:

The making of Tuntematon Tanssija / Unknown Dancer / Okänd Dansare


Pics Reino Koivula


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Symphony (it's just a matter of arranging it)

Saturday 21.10 at 20.00 it's time for our Symphony at Barker Theater.

A complete improvised performance with dancers from Finland and live music.

With Symphony we celebrate Barker 20years!

More info on

Thursday, September 14, 2017

City Spheres Turku in Amsterdam

Saturday 16.9 I will dance a short solo during the opening of the exhibition from Baukje Spaltro's painting project City Spheres.

I will dance a short solo which is based on my choreography Spheres , which we performed last October in Barker Theatre. Baukje participated that performance and painted her last painting Turku XL during 4 nights while the dancers danced the choreography. 

On Saturday we collaborate again in gallerie BMB in Amsterdam.
The opening is between 17-19  and I will perform somewhere half way.

Gallerie BMB. 
Kerkstraat 129A Amsterdam 

Rehearsal at BMB

Impression of the performance at gallery BMB in Amsterdam 

Foto's by Cor Jabaaij

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


An impression of the piece I made after working 2 months in an empty shop in Den Helder, the Netherlands.
A part of the project Werk aan de Winkel, in which Kunsthal45 and Woningstichting Den Helder invite artists to work in empty shops in the center of the town.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


After working in december and januari in an empty shop, I perform this piece in Den Helder, the Netherlands.
HIGH TIDE is a piece about rituals, sea, strength, and faded glory!
The piece will have open rehearsals on 16.18  from 14-16 and on 20.1 from 13-15.

                                                 Opening night on saturday 21.1 at 15.00.
                                                 Spoortstraat 60 in Den Helder 

 And some pictures from the space seen from the outside