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Leinonen, Susanna

Date of birth 7.2.1972
Profession Dancer
Country Finland
Email susanna.leinonen@choreographer.fi
Training School of David Atkins, classical ballet programme, Australia 1992; Turku Conservatory of Music and Dance, department of dance, graduated 1996; MA in Dance, Theatre Academy of Finland, Department of Dance 2000.
Engagements Estonian National Ballet: dancer (1994 - 1995)
Choreographed No one, just your friend (23.2.2000)
Babolat (1.9.2001)
Indigo (31.7.2002)
Trickle, Green Oak (31.10.2003)
Disturbed Silence (2004)
Chinese Objects (15.9.2005)
Kaira (15.6.2006)
Grain (Leinonen) (30.5.2008)
And the Line Begins to Blur (1.10.2009)
Blinded Mind (1.4.2011)
Transient Horizon (14.10.2011)
Breaking the Fury (2012)
Romeo & Juliet (Leinonen-Valkama) (2012)
Touch of Gravity (2014)
SEE | OBEY (2015)
Dreams of Replay (2017)
Nasty (2018)
BODY (2021)
TOXIC (2021)
Work as a dancer Naurun alla (1997)
See Through (1999)
Parole d'arbre (1999)
Crawl the Butterfly Back (2000)
No one, just your friend (2000)
Babolat (2001)
Indigo (2002)
Disturbed Silence (2004)
Kaira (2006)
Grain (Leinonen) (2008)
And the Line Begins to Blur (2009)
Touch of Gravity (2014)
Corps de ballet roles Estonia Theatre Ballet Company: Don Quixote, Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, Conservatory, A Fairy-tale in Pictures, Wiener Blut (operetta), Credo (chor. Mai Murdma), three ballet works of Robert North.
Other artistic work Work as a dance teacher/ workshops, masterclasses
2011 Master class: Helsinki Dance Institute
2009-2010 Workshop, Dance school Elwa Molin
2009 Master class: Gdansk International Dance Festival, Poland
2008-2009 Contemporary dance course: the Ballet School of the Finnish National Opera
2006 Contempory dance, workshop: Kuopio Dance Festival
2006 ‘Invitation 2006’: Theatre Academy
2006 Course for dance pedagogues: Theatre Academy
2006 Contempory dance course: Helsinki Dance Institute
2006 Contempory dance course: Dance School Elwa Molin
2005 Contempory dance course: Kuopio Dance Festival
2005 Contempory dance course: Dance School Elwa Molin
2004 Contempory dance: Turku Conservatoire
1995- Ballet teacher in different dance schools in Finland

Dance film contest
Production for a dance film “Inverse Physics” of choreographer Hanna Haaslahti
with support of The German Video Dance Award 2003/2004.

Other activities
2008 Artist in residence, Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson, France
2002 Artist in residence, Arnolfin, England
2000-2001 Member of The Union of Finnish Dance Artists
Grants and awards Awards
2004 Finland Award by the Ministry of Education
2004 Dance Act of the Year Award
2003 Pro Dance Award
2001 Kaapeli Prize
Susanna Leinonen’s work And the Line Begins to Blur was also nominee for the Benois de la Danse prize in 2010 (Moscow).

2008 Arts Council of Finland, 5-year grant
2005 Arts Council of Finland, 3-year grant
2003 Arts Council of Finland, 1-year grant
2002 Arts Council of Finland, a half-year grant
2000 City of Helsinki, Artistic Grant
2000- Numerous production grants including the National Council for Dance,
The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Alfred Kordelin’s Foundation
2015 Art Council of Finland, 5-year grant
Literature and articles Raisa Rauhamaa. ”3 kysymystä aiheesta”. TANSSI. 2/2001.
Jan-Peter Kaiku. ”A Rising Star: Susanna Leinonen”. Finnish Dance in Focus 2001.
Other Information International/national competitions and platforms : International Choreographic Competition in Hannover, semifinalist (Jokotai) 1996; Kajaani Choreographic Platform, second price (Trippi) 1997; International Choreographic Competition in Hannover, finalist (Elmo & Oona) 1997; Rencontres Choréographiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Finnish platform (Ei kukaan, vain ystäväsi) 2000; Choreographic Competition "Prix Dom Pérignon" in Hamburg , finalist (B) 2001.
The work No one, just your friend has been performed in the following festivals: Dublin Fringe 2001, Race to the Finnish, London 2001; DanseDage 01, Århus 2001; Plateaux Européens de la Danse, France 2000; Almada International Choreographic Platform, Portugal 2000; A Month of Culture, Bulgary 2000.