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Sokura, Timo

Date of birth 11.2.1958
Profession Dancer
Choreographer
Theatre Director
Country Finland
Training MUDRA, Brussels 1979 – 1981; Ballet School of the Finnish National Opera 1977 – 1979; Ballet School Sonja Tammela 1969 – 1977.
Several courses in Finland and abroad 1969 – 2001.
Engagements Finnish National Ballet: dancer (1977 - 1979)
L'Ensemble: dancer (1981 - 1982)
L'Ensemble: dancer (1981 - 1982)
L'Ensemble: dancer (1981 - 1982)
Dance Theatre Raatikko: dancer (1982 - 1986)
Choreographed HIVely
La Casa
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (25.11.1983)
Ota kiinni jos saat (4.4.1989)
Päivän päästö (20.4.1985)
Pierrot
Sinäkö?
Work as a dancer Cay Da -tree (1982)
HIVely (1999)
Hyrrä (1985)
Junttibaletti (1986)
Beauty and the Beast (Strömberg) (1983)
Luutanainen (Die Sennenpuppe) (1984)
Ota kiinni jos saat (1989)
Pierrot (1989)
Salka Valka (1982)
A Nightingale (Kuusela) (1986)
Sinäkö? (1999)
Sinfonia (Kuusela) (1985)
Tikkurilan Carmen (1984)
Valtsu (1982)
Ystävättäret (1984)
Other artistic work Work as a choreographer in theatre:
Threepenny Opera, dir. Hannu Wegelius, Outokumpu Vocational Institut 2000; The Snow Queen, dir. Hannele Kauppinen, SnowCastle, Kemi 1998; Kiss Me Kate, dir. Matti Kuikkaniemi, Hämeenlinna City Theatre 1995; Zorbas, dir. Lauri Väärä, Kouvola Theatre 1995; The Hunchback of Notre Dame, dir. Hannele Kauppinen, Kemi City Theatre 1994; Cabaret, dir. Timo Närhinsalo, Lappeenranta City Theatre 1994; Annie, dir. Hannele Kauppinen, Kemi City Theatre; Albatrossi ja Heiskanen, dir. Markku Savolainen, Kotka City Theatre 1992; Kuninkaan kujanjuoksu, dir. Mikko Majanlahti, Kotka City Theatre 1990; Ainakin miljoona sinistä kissaa, dir. Tytti Oittinen, Lahti City Theatre 1987; Kaunis Helena, dir. Hans-Georg Simmgen, Lappeenranta City Theatre 1987; Evita, dir. Maarit Pyökäri, Kemi City Theatre 1986.

Work as a performer in theatre:
regular visitor in TOTEM Theatre, Espoo 1987 – 1992;
extra in Lappeenranta City Theatre 1969 – 1977 – Klatremus og de andre dyrene i Hakkebakkeskogen 1969, Victoria and Her Husar 1970, Tarina miehestä, joka muuttui koiraksi 1970, Mutta ihmisen on pakko hengittää 1971, Tukkijoella 1971, Jeppe paa Bierget 1971, Tinasotilas 1971, My Fair Lady 1972, Viekää tuhkatkin pesästä 1972, Pelle Svanslös 1972, L’Auberge du Cheval blanc 1973, Little Red Riding Hood 1973, Fiddler on the Roof 1974, Reikäenkeli 1974, Tulitikkuja lainaamassa 1974, Kalevala 1974, Zorbas 1974, Torakka 1977.

Work as a director:
Onnellinen Prinssi, Kemi City Theatre 2004; Oliver!, Kemi City Theatre 2002; Fiddler on the Roof, Kemi Cty Theatre 1996; Jääsatu, World's Largest Snowcastle, Kemi 1996.

Work as a teacher:
occasional teaching 1979 – 2000 (ballet, modern dance, improvisation, pantomime) – Ballet School Sonja Tammela, puppet theare education at the Summer University of Vaasa, summer course of the Union of the Finnish Dance Artists, amateur theatres in Hämeenlinna, those musical productions in which he has worked as a choreographer of director.

Theatre Director, Kemi City Theatre 2004 onwards.
Grants and awards Grants: Six-month state grant to artists 1994, one-year state grant to artists 1987, 1990.
Awards: Finland Prize 1997.
Other Information Work as a compere: Helsinki International Ballet Competition 1991, 1995, 2001 (Finnish-English-French); Finnish Platform of the Rencontres chrorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Sainte-Denis, Helsinki 2000 (Finnish-English); Tanssin huiput Kaapelissa, Helsinki 1993; Ballet Gala and the evening of Finnish Dance, Kuopio Dance Festival 1992; Iltamat, Kemi City Theatre 1992; 75th Anniversary Gala of the Finnish National Ballet 1992 (Finnish-English-French); HUOMIO event, Helsinki 1992; International Dance Day Gala, Vantaa 1991; Dance Event Raatikko 1982 – 1986 (Finnish-Swedish).
Positions of trust:
As chair – Vantaa Dance Institute Support Association 2000 onwards, support association of TOTEM Theatre 1987 – 2000, The Union of Finnish Dance Artists 1990 – 2000, Finnish Dance Information Centre 1991 – 1997, ITI Finnish Dance Committee 1992 – 1995, Teater og Dans i Norden 1995 – 1996;
As a member of the board: Finnish Body Positive Association 2000 (vice chair), Teater og Dans i Norden 1993 – 1995, 2000 (vice chair); ITI Dance Committee 1993 - 2000 (vice chair 1995 – 1997), Finnish Theatre Information Centre 1991 – 2000, Finnish centre of Assitej 1987 – 1992.
Work as a producer: Helsinki International Ballet Competition 1991, 1995, 2001; Nuori Osaaja event, the Best of the Best producer 2000; Bagnolet Finland 1998, The Nordic Mini Festival 1993.
Other activities: organisation manager of the Finnish Body Positive Association 2000 onwards, lectures about safe sex and HIV 2001 – 2003, editor of the history Sonja Tammela Ballet School 1999, translations 1993 – 2002 (Danish-Finnish), press secretary at the Kuopio Dance Festival 1991, 1992; occasional jobs as a guide, interpreter, driver, project secretary etc. 1986 - 2001 (e.g. in Tampere Theatre Festival, Espoo Theatre, Dance in November Festival).