Heini Tuoresmäki is a dance artist based in Helsinki. She’s working in the field of dance in multiple ways and likes to combine dance with different arts. Heini is interested in the being and embodiment of a psychophysical human.

In addition to dance, Heini actively creates new and easily approachable culture in the city by organizing events and creating spaces for art.

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Waste of Mind / Mielenjätteet

Director: Heini Tuoresmäki

Performers: Giorgio Convertito, Minttu-Maaria Makkonen & Anne Rönkkö

Cinematographer: Pietari Peltola

Editor: Markus Leppälä

Sound Designer: Timo Tikka

WASTE OF MIND is a film about body memories. Body memories have an effect on how we move and carry ourselves. There is no escape from body memories floating through you.


Director: Anna Paavilainen

Producer: Kaisla Viitala /Komeettafilmi

Choreographer: Heini Tuoresmäki (one scene for children)

Premiere in October 2022.

Story of the artist Kikka, who grew from an unknown suburban girl to one of Finland’s best-known pop stars in the 90’s and the collapse of her career in the mix of publicity pressures, substance abuse problems and the ever changing music world.

Luuserit/Alpha 2020

Director: Anna Paavilainen

Producer: Kaisla Viitala /Komeettafilmi

Choreographer: Heini Tuoresmäki (Season 1, Episode 9 & 10)

When life is an endless continuation of awkward sitations.

YLE serie for youth audiences. https://areena.yle.fi/1-50426368

Favourite Parts / Suosikkikohtia

Director & Choreographer: Heini Tuoresmäki

Mentor: Leena Nordberg

Performers: Aino, Anniina, Emma, Henna, Heta, Jenna, Laura, Lili, Ninja, Peppi, Ronja & Sini

Performed in Taideyliopisto 11/12 December 2019.

FAVOURITE PARTS is a performance about finding your own place in life and in performance. It searches for and finds our favourite parts of our bodies, the space around us and our relationships with others.

They Build Great Castles / He rakentavat suuria linnoja

Director & Choreographer: Heini Tuoresmäki

Sound Designer & Composer:
Jyri Pirinen

Costume Designer:
Reeta Tuoresmäki

Assistant of director:
Pippa Jämsén

Aili, Annikki, Astrid, Frida, Kerttu, Leimu, Olavi, Olga, Ruut ja Sonja

Performances in Kanneltalo 14/15 of September 2018

THEY BUILD GREAT CASTLES is a performance where children are the artists.

The work is a praise for curiosity, enthusiasm and free movement. It also speaks for perseverance and common agreements.

This dance piece brings them to the stage, whose movement is naturally free and organic. They who are spontaneous and honest to their feelings. They who learn rules designed to create a common good.

Through this work we regard the meaning of limits and agreements and give children the freedom to implement their own logic and imagination. Children have been involved in the planning of this piece and it’s characters.

Of the Essence / Olennaista

Concept: Meri-Tuuli Risberg

Performers: Pippa Jämsén, Hanna Kahrola, Heini Tuoresmäki

Choreographers: Pippa Jämsén, Hanna Kahrola, Emmi Myrskog, Meri-Tuuli Risberg & Heini Tuoresmäki

Photos: Kari Kuitunen

OF THE ESSENCE is a performance about being a human in different state of mind. It is a sequel for the dance piece ESSENTIAL from 2010. The same working group came together and observed what has changed in the past eight years in life, movement and our selves or are we still the same.

OF THE ESSENCE is a collection of scenes about womanhood. It’s about being and not being from the aspect of five women, five different personalities and life situations. The working method has been work-in-process so the group is constantly open to change.

Performances : Fringe Festival 1.9. 2018 & Lokatanssit 6.10.2018

I wish I was a man / Olisinpa mies

Choreographer & Dancer: Heini Tuoresmäki

Director & Editor: Markus Leppälä

Cinematographer: Aarne Tapola

Sound Designer: Jyri Pirinen

Costume Designer: Teemu Muurimäki

Special Effects: Esa Mäkitalo

Producer: Michael Cordey

I WISH I WAS A MAN is screened in Loikka Dance Film Festival 2018, Loikka on Tour: Tanssivirtaa Festival, Kotka, Loviisa, Pori, Turku, Italy, Vaasa and Mexico 2018 & InShadow Festival Portugal 2018.

The film looks at the essence of a man by the means of dance and body art.

Stylewise, the film makes use of preaching of propaganda as it praises being a man. It romanticises and salutes the man. The content is built around four different male characters, played in the film by one female dancer. For who else could do it as impartially as a woman?

Thistle Field / Ohdakepelto

Director & Choreographer: Heini Tuoresmäki

Dancers: Kati Korosuo and Nina Mamia

Cinematographer: Pietari Peltola

Editor: Markus Leppälä

Sound Designer: Marc Melià

The work relies on bodily experience, hidden habits, packed and forgotten emotions, hanging limbs, self-contained body parts and others hanging around the neck. The work is layered, squeezed and tends to be released.

Once Upon a Time There Was Olijo / Olipa kerran Olijo

Screenwriter: Emmi Kahilainen

Concept and Choreographers: Pippa Jämsén, Emmi Kahilainen, Meri-Tuuli Risberg, Heini Tuoresmäki

Dancers: Pippa Jämsén, Emmi Kahilainen, Meri-Tuuli Risberg, Heini Tuoresmäki

Music: Syntikkapop-trio VOLA (Olli Aarni, Juho Aittokallio, Mikael Myrskog

Olijos rap: Emmi Kahilainen, Heini Tuoresmäki

Costumes: Työryhmä / Workgroup

Light designer: Arto Vuorinen

Once Upon a Time There Was Olijo, a Caribbean frog. After his childhood Olijo had been afraight of water. One night Olijo sees a wonderful dream, in which he sleeps with nice and wavy water. After this dream he decides to begin and like water, but turns out that it’s not easy for him; water drops are pranksters, Banana Leaf is a faithful umbrella-friend and sun shine is so sweet. But Olijo is determined, and soon he gets help from Ahti the expert of all the waters and Ahvenais the water lady.

Olijos story is told colourfully in the ways of dance and music. This story takes children and other viewers all the way from dream world into carnival atmosphere.

Length: 30min

Premiere: Lahden Lasten Talvikarnevaalit, Pikkuteatteri 29.1.2015

Loneland: The Moment I Breathe / Yksimaa: Hetki jota hengitän

Choreographer: Meri-Tuuli Risberg, Heini Tuoresmäki

Dancers: Emmi Kahilainen, Meri-Tuuli Risberg, Heini Tuoresmäki

Light designer: Arto Vuorinen

Photos: Heidi Kotilainen

Loneland is gradually completed series of many dance pieces.

Premiere: LOKATANSSIT, Lahden Pikkuteatteri 10/2014

Excess material

Concept & Choreographer: Heini Tuoresmäki

Performers: Nina Mamia, Kati Korosuo, Nico Vehmas, Marika Laurén

Technical Designer: Esa Mäkitalo

Sound Designer: Christian Sjöholm

Excess material is a layered piece about body mapping. It builds upon solo & duet works by various artists and draws inspiration from coding, technology, voice, and therapy. Every performance gathers and stores data and information from the previous one. A dancer outlines their body map, a picture of which is saved for the viewer. A grand scheme is forming.

Pig in the Bag

Concept: Meri-Tuuli Risberg

Dance: Emmi Kahilainen, Meri-Tuuli Risberg, Heini Tuoresmäki

Pig in the Bag is a constantly changing improvised piece. It is an outcome of many different parts: the dancers, passers-by, the space and the audience. It gives a voice for opinion pieces and makes a statement when everything feels annoying and wrong. The three little pigs can be anywhere where you are or least expect it. The piece can be performed every time in a different public space.

Living Room / Elävä huone

Concept: Heini Tuoresmäki

Dance: Emmi Kahilainen, Emma Ronkainen ja Pippa Jämsén

Music: Sagolik (Stina Koistinen ja Juho Kanervo)

LIVING ROOM examines limited, private and common surroundings around city milieu. In this piece layers, restrictions and freedom are surveyed. Living room creates tempting space for audience and passers-by to stay for a while or longer and enjoy dance, music and warm mood.

Premiere: Narinkkatori, Helsinki 8/2012