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McAlester, Katarina

Date of birth 12.10.1965
Profession Dancer
Dance Instructor
Choreographer
Country Finland
Training University of Jyväskylä, studies in dance pedagogy 1987-1990; MA in Dance, Theatre Academy of Finland, Department of Dance, choreography programme 1995.
Studies abroad: Pineapple Studios 1990, London Contemporary Dance School 1990, Erasmus International Summer Course, England 1994 (contact-improvisation, choreography); American Dance Festival, North Carolina, New York 1995.
Courses with the following dance artists: Larrio Ekson, Walter Nicks, Angels Leung, Clay Taliaferro, David Zambrano, Katy Duck, Melissa Grande, Masaki Ivana, Julyen Hamilton, Rosemary Bucher, Lisa Nelson, Jonathan Burrows, Lilly Kiara, Michael Klien.
Choreographed Don't Wake the Gypsy Woman (5.11.1997)
Family Portraits (4.5.2004)
Greenland (18.4.2002)
Night Prayers (30.11.1995)
The Moon Weavers (4.2.1999)
Shipbuilders
Leikkinä lumeen valtakunta (16.4.2009)
Pangaia (22.11.2001)
Pippi Longstockings (McAlester) (30.6.1996)
St. Vitus Dance (24.11.1994)
Greetings from Pompei (8.12.1999)
Topi and the Magic Feather (25.7.1998)
Tulva
Work as a dancer Hiiltynyt onni (1994)
Last Walls (1990)
Mowgli (1994)
Greetings from Pompei (1999)
The Game
Tulva
Yrjö Kallisen valaistuminen (1995)
Other artistic work Work as a choreographer in theatre:
Kafka's Journey, dir. Sallas-Weizner, Theatre Academy of Finland & Amsterdam Theatre Academy 1993; Tee projekti, joitain keskusteluja, dir. Annette Arlander, The Continuing Education Centre, Theatre Academy of Finland 1993; Conference of the Birds, dir. Untamo Lepola, Kokkola City Theatre and Keski-Pohjanmaa Music Institute 1994; Ophelia's Shadow Theatre, dir. Maarit Pyökäri, Oulu City Theatre 1995; Clara S, dir. Maiju Sallas, Theatre Kehä III 1996; Lunatics, dir. Kaisa Korhonen, Helsinki City Theatre 1997; Laiva toivo, dir. Maarit Pyökäri, Oulu City Theatre & JoJo - Oulu Dance Center 1998; Maestro, dir. Maarit Pyökäri, Jyväskylä City Theatre 2005; Kaipaus, dir. Kaija Viinikainen, Theatre Vantaa 2006.
Work as a teacher:
Lahti folk high school 1986-1987, Jyväskylä Vocational Institute 1989-1990, University of Jyväskylä 1988-1990, The Union of Finnish Dance Artists 1995, Finnish Youth Association 1997, Helsinki Dance Institute 1998, Pyhäsalmi School of Dance 1998, The Continuing Education Centre of Helsinki University 1999, Riihimäki City Theatre 2000-2001, Theatre Academy of Finland 2001;
senior lecturer at Theatre Academy of Finland's Department of Dance and Theatre pedagogics 2002 onwards.
Artistic director of the Full Moon Dance Festival 1998 - 2002.
Artistic director of JoJo - Oulu Dance Center 2005 onwards.
Grants and awards Grants:
Theatre Academy of Finland 1993, 1994, 1995; American Dance Festival 1995, American Cultural Centre 1995, Central Arts Council 1996, 1999; six-month state grant to artists 1998, three-year state grant to artists 1999, Arts Council of Uusimaa 1996, Helsinki City 1996, 1997; Finnish Cultural Foundation 1998, 2001, 2005; Alfred Kordelin Foundation 2000, National Council for Dance 1999, 2001.
Awards:
Finland Prize 1999.
Literature and articles Articles:
Minna Tawast. ”Katarina McAlester valmistautuu vastaamaan paineisiin”. TANSSI. 2/1998.
”Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth. Topi and the Magic Feather”. Finnish Dance in Focus. 1999.
Own articles:
"Opettaminen on läsnäolon taidetta". Teatterikorkeakoulu-lehti. No: 2/2003.
"Keskiössä suomalainen freelancetanssija". Tanssin tekijät. Toim. Hannele Jyrkkä. Like 2005.
Other Information Other education:
Courses in sociology, philosophy and arts in the University of Jyväskylä 1987-1990.
Positions of trust:
Jyväskylä Dance Association - treasurer 1988-1989, chairman 1989-1990; Theatre Academy of Finland - member of the board 1992-1993, member of the study grant committee 1994-1995, member of the student board 1992-1993; chairman of MA Dancers 1995-1996, member of the board of MA Dancers 1997, member of the artistic committee of Zodiak - the Center for New Dance 1996 - 2004.