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summer main event

research or die.

b12 summer main event


location: eden***** studios


Annamari Keskinen & Ryan Mason

thar be dragons


infinite singularity

The work of Thar Be Dragons explores the poetics of dance, theatre, and performance art. Their practice incorporates methods to develop psychophysical material and performative possibilities. This workshop provides creative tools for participants to engage with and integrate into their practice. We will explore our capacity to build bridges between the ineffable virtual spaces of our individual and collective minds to the actual spaces of our bodies and the material around us. We draw upon the voice, the rhizomatic body, and a zero-state, where potentials can emerge to strengthen these connections. This approach develops a fluidity that allows us to shift and morph who and what we are at any given moment. Thar Be Dragons is committed to artistic research within the frame of playful, safe, and brave spaces. This workshop is highly exploratory, and we encourage a curious approach to each practice and its limitless potential.

some workshops offer group improvisation or partnering. these workshops elements may or may not be possible and the teachers and choreographers will modify their workshops accordingly in line with the health and safety measures required at the time. please stay flexible. thank you!

Annamari Keskinen is a dancer and choreographer from Helsinki. For the past 17 years, she has worked internationally in dance groups and as a freelancer including 60 different productions, with over 30 different choreographers and directors. Choreographers to mention are Johannes Wieland, Valtteri Raekallio, Chris Harring, Stephanie Thiersch, Andonis Foniadakis, Helder Seabra, Jozef Frucek, and Linda Kapetanea. In her choreographic work, the key areas of interest include subconscious actions and ways of being, the associative approach to material, and synesthesia. Her works move between constant tensions and layered images, where the concepts of power and time, transient nature of existence, transformation, paradoxes, in-between spaces and urge for a connection are often present. As a director, she invites performers and audiences to adventure, explore and experience the power of imagination.


Ryan Mason is a choreographer, performer, and teacher based in Helsinki, Finland. In 2018, he co-founded, with his partner, Annamari Keskinen, Thar Be Dragons, a dance theatre platform for research, education, and performance. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography, in 2007. His work is a detailed approach often involving layers of sustained improvisational states within movement and psychological parameters. Ryan searches for enigmatic situations, taking them apart to look at them, for their absurdity, as well as for their sensory possibilities. Ryan danced with the José Limón Company, in NYC, later joining the company of Johannes Wieland at the Staatstheater Kassel, in Germany. There he also served as rehearsal director for two years. Ryan has been choreographing and teaching at higher-level institutions and workshops throughout Europe and North America such as Springboard Danse Montreal, Hubbard Street Pro, SEAD, NYU Tisch, Anton Bruckner Privatuni, among many others. Ryan is currently working towards his MA in Choreography from TeaK, University of Arts Helsinki.


thar be dragons

Thar Be Dragons is a platform for theatrical dance research, education, and performance, created by Annamari Keskinen, from finland, and Ryan Mason, from usa, in 2018. Here, both choreographers bring their professional experience and individual artistic vision into collaboration. Their work explores notions of subconscious communication, revealing dense and sometimes unseen intimacy between the layers of our inner landscapes. Their staged work shifts between rapid changes of mood, sustained states of tension, and layered imagery, often encircling themes of death, the unknowable, the paradoxical, borders, silence, light, the mystical, and the quotidian. Thar Be Dragons presented their first full-length work, Dying Animals Don’t Feel Sorry For Themselves, at the Kaiku Club in Helsinki, in 2018. They have been commissioned to create work for the Staatstheater Kassel, Staatstheater Braunschweig, and Hubbard Street Pro.



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