Liisa Risu | Biography
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Finnish choreographer-dancer Liisa Risu (1966) has worked widely in dance, circus and theatre since early 90’s. She finished her M.A. in choreography from Theatre Academy of Finland, Dance Department in 2007. Risu is an experienced and multifaceted artist, whose choreographic arc has reached an interesting and convincing phase. From 2008-2017 she is working with a grant from the Arts Promotion Center of Finland.


Liisa Risu’s work history includes choreographing contemporary dance works, directing circus, choreographing for theatre and performing as a dancer and a clown. Among Risu’s best known dance works are Valon paino/Heavy Light (2015), Tumma /Dark (2009) and Metri / Meter (2004), presented by Zodiak – Center for New Dance in Helsinki. Her work has also been performed and produced by Helsinki Dance Company & Helsinki Festival, Theatre Academy of Finland and Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth. Risu’s choreography Soiva/WKL- Excerpts from J.S.Bach’s Das Wohltemperierte Klavier as a dance version in silence (2013) was praised both by the audiences and the critics.


In 2013 choreographer Risu, director Samuli Reunanen and composer Iiro Ollila founded theatre group Näyttämö 3T – a shared stage for three authors.


During the last years Risu has also worked as a part time teacher in the dance and choreography programmes of the Theatre Academy/University of the Arts Helsinki.

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I like to think of the body of one dancer as an entire orchestra or, on the other hand, a group of dancers representing one body. I also try to look for a situation where dancing in the performance is not only a way to present the choreography, but also a creative event in the instant.

– Liisa Risu

Photo: Uupi Tirronen