Repetition, pedestrian elements, gestures, stillness and movement, order and chaos, shifting from real to imagined space, recognizable and everyday to the strange and poetic are central in the work of Milla Koistinen.
Berlin-based Finnish choreographer studied at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki and obtained an MA in
Choreography from the HZT Berlin. She has worked among others with Kristian Smeds, Hiroaki Umeda, Peter Verhelst, Cie Heddy Maalem, Christine Gaigg and Hans van den Broeck. Her creations have been played in radialsystem, Dance House Helsinki, Tanzhaus NRW, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Mad House Helsinki, Barker-theatre Turku, ARGEKultur Salzburg, Fabriktheater Zürich, Dampfzentrale Bern, Ballhaus Ost and in Uferstudios Berlin.
Koistinen has collaborated with Jochen Arbeit, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, director Michael Rauter, directors Jemina Sillanpää and Janne Reinikainen at the Finnish National Theatre and with soundpoet Dirk Huelstrunk.
In the summer 2010 she was one of the danceWEB scholarship recipients in Impulstanz Vienna.
She has worked as a guest teacher at SEAD Salzburg, the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Tanzhaus NRW, Sasha Waltz & Guests, Toula Limnaios Company, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Munich DancePAT, Tanzhaus Zürich, Theatre Academy of Helsinki, the University of Tampere, HZT Berlin, Marameo and DOCK 11 in Berlin, Espace Catastrophe in Brussels and PAC Ramallah. In the spring 2019 Milla Koistinen was invited as a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki.
In 2020-2024 Milla Koistinen’s work is supported by apap – FEMINIST FUTURES – a
project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.