Location X / Taneli Törmä (FIN/DK)

Open Your Heart


A fun and engaging performance where a modern dancer goes back to her youth with the help of young disco dancers. When is it easy to dance? When is it difficult? How can we find to the original joy of dancing; dance like a child again?

Apr 28 2021 - Apr 29 2021
Kr. 60 - Kr. 170
Big Stage


A modern dancer goes back to her youth. With the help of a number of young disco dancers, she creates the performance “Open Your Heart”. At the same time we ask the questions: When is it easy to dance, when is it difficult – and when is it really fun too? And what can we do to find to the original joy of dancing; dance like a child again?

This is not the first time that Finnish choreographer Taneli Törmä is seeking collaboration with young groups of dancers in order to develop their own choreographic practice. In the performance project “Classical Beauty”, 200 young ballet dancers from nine different countries have given Taneli Törmä the opportunity to live out his childhood dream: to be a soloist in a classical ballet company.

“Open Your Heart” turns the roles of “Classical Beauty” upside down, focusing on what matters to the young disco dancers; which is important to them as they dance.


“”What is particularly nice about this show is that it does not downplay or make fun of the sparkling over-energetic style that characterizes this kind of competition dance. The two very sympathetic dancers produce the joy of dance that lies behind the glitter facade – and it warms one’s heart. (…) A wholehearted acceptance of the joy and pride of the young dancers in their dance discipline that makes it almost impossible for the audience to sit still. (…) Obviously you get energy and joy from dancing disco – and the joy spreads to the audience!”
– xq28.dk
(Read the full review – in Danish)


“It is a joyful and energetic injection without equal, and the show is recommended for anyone who misses some light, joy and sparkle here in the beginning of winter. Because how often is it that all audiences leave the room with the biggest smile on their lips after a performance?”
– Ungt Teaterblod
(Read the full review – in Danish)


“Without any doubt it opens the hearts of the audience.”
– Danstidningen
(Read the full review – in Swedish)

Taneli Törmä

LOCATION X / Taneli Törmä produces international contemporary dance and video works that breaks the boundaries between dance, performance art and the audience. LOCATION X and Taneli Törmä collaborates with different kinds of artists producing conceptual projects for stage, site-specific locations and communities and cities. Most recently DANCE ALL YEAR LONG, a 12-month residency program in Odense.

Taneli Törmä opened the Spring Forward Festival with the performance “Classical Beauty” when Bora Bora hosted the international festival in Aarhus in 2017.


Concept og choreography
Taneli Törmä
Camilla Brogaard
Taneli Törmä
10 unge lokale discodansere
Jutta Jessika
Hilde I Sandvold
Taneli Törmä
Lene Lyngsø
Søren Lyngsø Knudsen
Costume design
Kasper Hansen
Costume Maker & Supervisor
Sophie Hansen
Thomas Schaupp