Sunday, July 31, 2016

SPHERES opening night 26.10.2016


Spheres is a collaboration with painting artist Baukje Spaltro from Amsterdam.
Baukje works on an European project called City Spheres, in which she catches the atmospheres from the different cities she visits as an artist in residence.
In oktober 2016 Baukje will be painting her City Spheres in B-Galleria in Turku, Finland.
Straigt after that Baukje will be part of the choreography Spheres in Barker Theater, in which dance and art paint meet.

A white room , 4 dancers,1 visual artist ( painter) and 1 technician.
They all share the same space and they all have to fulfill their own task.
The painter will have to get her paintings ready, the dancers will have to get the choreography ready and the technician has to visually design the room.

This piece will be performed during 4 nights and starts with an untouched white room which soon will be invaded by colors, music, lights and dance.

During 4 nights we will transform the white space into a room where we all will find space and time for our art to be expressed.

As in todays world, its not that important anymore who you are, but its the question of where you are and how you find a place in which you find time, space and freedom. A place where you can interact with others, no matter where you come from, no matter what you do and what you believe in.

Baukje Spaltro will paint her works in the space inspired by the atmosphere of the town of Turku and will leave a DNA print on the walls of Barker Theater.

Marjan Raar will design a choreography for 4 female dancers in which she works with  different atmospheres derived from movies which have been printed on her mind since years. The dancers will add their own creativity and personalities to the content of this piece.

The choreography and the painting will be happening at the same time and will influence each other during the performances. As this will happen in real time, we do not know  what will happen,and therefore every evening will be a new adventure and will demand the alertness of all participants and flexibility to adjust or change. By the time of night 4 the paintings and the choreography will be ready.
The DNA print of Turku city will linger on within the walls of Barker Theater.

Choreography Marjan Raar
Concept Marjan Raar and Baukje Spaltro
Dance Linda Holmström, Kaisa Koulu, Nina Renvall, Marjan Raar
Lights and sound Arttu Aarnio
Visual artist and art paint Baukje Spaltro

Opening Night 26.10.2016 at 19.00
next performances
                      28.10 at 19.00
                      29.10 at 19.00
                      30.10 at 15.00   

Tickets can be reserved at
As every evening will be a continuation of the evening before and as we work towards an end result at day 4, you are able to reserve tickets for more than 1 performance, to watch the project´s beginning and final result.

Place: Barker Teatteri




Sunday, November 8, 2015

BLACK opening night friday 13.11 at 19.00 Barker Theater Turku Finland

                                         BLACK a solo dance for 2

Black is an intense, rough, mysterious solo dance in rage and peace in a bare environment with nothing else but a floor, lights, music.  And dance. Back to the instrument that matters most..the body. All additional and artificial grace is abandoned. Back to zero. Fragile and vulnerable yet brave and daring after 30 years of being in a home away from home. 

Choreography and concept Marjan Raar
soloist                       Marjan Raar
alter ego and soloist Linda Holmström
light design               Arttu Aarnio
music                        Muziekfabriek & others
marketing                  Barker Teatteri
pictures                     Jesper Dolgov

Opening night friday 13.11 at 19.00
Next performances: Saturday 14.11 at 19.00
                                 Sunday   15.11 at 15.00
                                 Friday     20.11 at 19.00
                                 Saturday 21.11 at 19.00
                                 Sunday   22.11  at 15.00

Black has been supported by Svenska Kulturfonden, Läntinen Tanssin Aluekeskus and Barker Teatteri.

Tickets : 15 &10 euro

Barker Teatteri
Raunistulantie 25 H Turku
directions on

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Working in Kunsthal 45 in Den Helder, the Netherlands

During June I rehearse a new choreography in Den Helder, the Netherlands. 
I'm going to work in Kunsthal45 during the artist in residence program Air! 
On June 20 at 21.30 I will perform during an improvised evening  together with musician Jussi Paananen who plays the violin,  in Kunsthal45. 
At the same time artist in residence Baukje Spaltro works on her series of paintings Den Nieuwen Helder. 
Our impro will be inspired by Baukjes paintings, the space and the creative atmosphere of Kunsthal 45.
The other days I rehearse a new choreography which will be performed in Barker Theater in Turku ; BLack. 

An impression of our working process and performance at Kunsthal 45:

Pictures : Marja Lely

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Tonight Wednesday 20.5   at 19.00
Saturdag 23.5 and Sunday 24.5 at 15.00

Barker Teatteri
Raunistulantie 25 H

tickets 12 & 8 €
or 15 minutes before the performance

Linda Holmström in Windwhisper

choreography Marjan Raar
graphic art Veronika Ringbom
video installation Anikó Kuikka
light design, photography and technician Jesper Dolgov

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Windwhisper 16.5 at 19.00 Barker Teatteri

graphic art Veronika Ringbom
video Anikó Kuikka
choreography Marjan Raar
dance Linda Holmström
lights and technics Jesper Dolgov
sounds Anikó Kuikka
pictures Jesper Dolgov

opening night:      saturday 16.5 at 19.00
next performances  sunday 17.5 at 15.00
                             wednesday 20.5 at 19.00
                                 saturday 23.5 at 15.00
                                   sunday 24.5 at 15.00
tickets 12/8 euros
reservation: info(a)
Barker Teatteri