The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts & Husets Teater


29/2 & 1/3 2024


Workshop & performance

Workshop with Teo Ala-Ruona

In collaboration with the Danish Performing Arts School Efter- & Uddannelse, Billedkunstskolen and Liveart Danmark

Experience Teo Ala-Ruona's "Lacuna" and gain insight into his artistic choices, expressions and working methods at this 3-hour workshop.

In the work “Lacuna”, Teo Ala-Ruona shows the discomfort of inhabiting a body that does not feel like one’s own. There are memories and bodily experiences that you never get rid of and this discomfort is dealt with by living out and embracing the pain.

The workshop is based on seven existential questions that not only explore Teo Ala-Ruona’s individual working method and expression, but also invite you to reflect on your own creative processes:

  • Which methods do you use in your work?
  • How do you come up with ideas for projects?
  • What kind of experiments do you do in your process?
  • How do you generate material?
  • What inspires your work?
  • How do you decide what material to use from your experiments?
  • What criteria do you use to select your material?

Teo Ala-Ruona is a Helsinki-based performance artist, whose work focuses on speculative somatic fiction and body horror in forms of performances and texts. He explores topics of sex, queer ecology, toxicity and gender, and looks for ways to redefine language and narratives telling of pleasure and intimacy on a toxic Earth. By using his own body as a site for various speculative stories to take place, he experiments on how he can transform himself through fiction, as well as the perspectives from which others look at his body. Ala-Ruona’s work has recently been shown at: Warehouse9, Copenhagen; Drifts-festival Helsinki; Jason Platform, Copenhagen; Takomo Theatre, Helsinki; Baltic Circle Festival, Helsinki; Bangkok Biennial, Bangkok; as well as NAVEL, Gas Gallery and Human Resources, Los Angeles.


Participants in the workshop will be a mix of professional performing artists in all disciplines who are interested in performance, as well as students from the Academy of Arts and Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Copenhagen respectively.

Performances at Toaster/Husets Teater, Thursday 29 February at 8 p.m

Workshop at the Art Academy, Friday 1st of March at 10 a.m. – 1 p.m

DKK 60. The price is incl. workshop participation and access to two performances at Toaster/Husets Teater. You register by applying for a place at the bottom of this page. When your place is confirmed, you will receive an email with a payment link. If you have an Annual Pass to Husets Teater, it is free to participate, but you must still register via the application portal at the bottom of this page. In addition, please send an e-mail to Stine Marcher at stma@scenekunstskolen.dk with a message that you are a season ticket holder.