Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Olafur Eliasson, Your embodied garden, 2013

Nice concept, beautiful video!The dancer is Steen from Denmark. He was teaching here in Helsinki some time ago.
Olafur Eliasson, Your embodied garden, 2013 from Studio Olafur Eliasson on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Shekel earrrings

I made these earrings of an old birchbark necklace and a bracelet with gold coloured coins. The earring hooks are silver.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

BREAK SM / Ultimate Bboy Jam 2013 on Sunday

Who will be the next Ultimate Bboy Champion? Go and find out on Sunday at Saiffa (prelims) and at Lämpö (finals). The competition will be televised, on the 22th of December at TV2!  Here's the charming trailer!

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Cleva photos by Sampsa Pärnänen

We finally updated our crew to 2013, we have a Facebook page! So now it’s official LOL! Click here to see the Cleva Facebook page. And like if you like!

Here's our Cleva crew’s promo photos! We did the styling. We wanted to have some of that 90's hip hop but with a twist. M made the amazing flower arrangements out iron wire and real flowers. M has made most of the clothes seen in these photos (what M, K, Joanna, Sandra and Jenni are wearing). Thanks to all the talented people involved! Photo: Sampsa Pärnänen, hair: Maria Väisänen & Sumi Moreno / Hiushuone Dandy, make up: Sumi Moreno, flowers are from Pian kukka.


Friday, 20 September 2013

Miss Mix column 6-7/2013 // Haza Hajipoori

Did the tv program "Dance" affected you as a dancer? And your thoughts about dance?
I grew as a person quite a lot. Before Dance I never would have thought that I'm capable of things or dance styles what I had to do in the program. Or that I could handle that much pressure that came along with the TV show. I always thought that in the dance world one has to have a great dance technique (I'm talking about ballet/jazz technique) to get any jobs as a dancer or to even be successful in a TV show like Dance.

My thoughts changed when I realized that with hard practice I am able to do the same stuff that a ballerina could. And a great thing was that through the TV show I could show all the viewers that a street dancer is as capable of doing things in which a ballet dancer or anyone else and that we too have technique! The show gave me confidence, I have always downplayed my dancing skills. And during Dance I was in a stage of life that was time for me to start to think about getting a "real life", that ones life can't just be dancing, but apparently it can.

What are you doing at the moment and what future plans do you have?
At the moment i'm fully employed as a dancer. I am in the Tampere Workers Theater's Princess musical, which had its premiere on the 5th of this month. Future as a dancer is unstable, you never know where you'll find your self tomorrow. I will keep on practising hard and hopefully I'll find jobs in the future too.

Who do you admire and why?

There are so many, I have had so many good teachers and dance colleagues around me. And because of them I'm the dancer that I am. Maybe one name that I would specially want to mention is Sara Hirn. I remember when she came to teach a workshop at Tampere. I went to her class without knowing who she is and what she does and I right away sort of "fell in love" with her. Her way of teaching is really good, she opened up the world of dance for me then. I remember thinking that when I "grow up" I want to be like her. And even today. She is really skillful as a dancer, a perfect example of how can one be a good street and jazz dancer at the same time. She has been doing a lot of work in and for the Finnish street dance scene. And right now she is doing important work with kids and youth at the 09 Helsinki Human Rights foundation. That's something that I want to do someday as well.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Payback jam vol. 7 report

Once again summer went past so fast. But gladly the Indian Summer has treated s well. This is a party update from last July at Jyväskylä, Payback jam vol 7. Was a blast like always. Me against the musician was entertaining. Most memorable moments were the duet by Mikko and Heini, enchanting Viola, and winner Joonas with his gynecologist show. M made her way to the final with drummer Joonas.

M in the final

Ks qualification

"Cudgel War" was the concept where Finland was divided in to three areas/teams:  Southern Finland, Middle Earth and North-East. And all these three sections battled each others. Each team had their own dj's and host's. We were part of the Southern Tourists team. We would have wanted to represent our old hometown Tampere but it occurred that Tampere was part of Middle Earth, and that was the team we didn't want to support. LOL!

The cudgel war footage:

South vs. Middle Earth

South vs East-North

Middle Earth vs. East-North

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Pocahontas top & Hiawatha pants

M made this cute Pocahontas top of an old suede jacket found from UFF. The pastel color fabric for the pants were a finding from Tallinn. And the cutie in the park is Milla :)

Monday, 22 July 2013

Cleva Crew in Idols Finland 2013 commercial

The commercial is by Cocoa, directed by Taito Kawata & Jotti Taival. Great job guys!!

Idols 2013 - Rakkaudesta musiikkiin from Cocoa on Vimeo.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Yankees jumpsuit

This Yankees jumpsuit is the perfect summer outfit. M sewed this jumpsuit out of two yankees jerseys. Brilliant! Gipsy coin necklace is made out of old jewelries.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Jersey jumpsuit

I got this jersey from a friend. It was way too baggy, so it was perfect for jumpsuit purposes! I bought extra fabric for the pant part from Eurokangas. This has been my summers number one choice! Cutie model Milla is also wearing the Kingdom necklace made of old chains and jewelry parts.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Gipsy coin "ring to wrist" bracelet

Just can't get enough of coins and chains! This one is also one of M's creations. The ring to wrist bracelet (or so I've heard to be called) is made out of old chains.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Flower powered army jacket

The army jacket was a flea market finding. But after noticing that half of Helsinki was wearing one, something had to be done! So M changed the sleeves to this earthy flower fabric, which is of an old overall. And she also added some african flavor into it! She also pimped the collars with old plastic jewelry parts. But to be perfect those had to be painted gold.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Friday, 5 July 2013

Scooby-Doo pants

We found this funky fabric from Tallinn. M made the pants to replace her favorite violet jeans (everyone thinks that the trousers had an enormous tear on the crotch, even though they were well repaired).

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Nefertiti necklace

M created this gorgeous necklace masterpiece out of old jewelry parts, chains, coins and pearls.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Chain bracelet

M made this bracelet of recycled chains.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Payback Jam VII

The highlight of the summer is here in less than 2 weeks. Payback Jam in Jyväskylä!! I've been there already for 5 times, and this is the sixth time in a row!!

Last time they started the successful "Me against the Musician" concept. This time there's also a "Cudgel War", where dancers of different regions of Finland (south/eats/middle/north) gather together to be a strong team and battle against each other. For example southern Finland against North. Each region has their own leaders, hosts and dj's. K is one of the Southern Finland teams leaders with Uiski and Mr. Dunkel.

K is starring in a staggering trailer which is supposed to tell more about the "Cudgel War" idea. Well, don't know about that, but at least it shows you that theres no lack of humor!

Here's the event info:
Saturday 13th of June, from 2pm to 9pm.
Aalto-Sali, Väinönkatu 7
Jyväskylä, Suomi, Finland

Tickets 15e, children under 7 years 6e. 

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Cleva crew at Helsinki Dance Delight vol.2

"We wear what we like and grind up all night, 
Cause we're Cleva reppin nordic soul for Eva.”

Helsinki Dance Delight was fun! We enjoyed the day with our Cleva girls. We were really happy to perform this showcase, because it has been quite a while since we've done showcase together. And actually this was our first showcase choreography with Sanna and Sandra, even they have been in Cleva for over a year now. The only problem was that in Dance Delight rules a crew could only have max six people. Jojo was with us with the "prototype" version of the showcase at SADE festival, but this time she had to study for her entrance exam and didn't have time to practice. So the rest six of us did the showcase, and Jojo was our mental and spiritual cheerleader.
M made the white polo tops for our SADE festival performance, but because we had improved and changed the showcase a lot, we felt we needed something fancier to wear than the our worn out flannel we had last time! So M came up with this idea to pimp out these 90's style blazer jackets with different pattern fabrics. She made a special jacket for everybody. K got her sleeves of a flowery Matryoshka scarf, Sandra's sleeves are of a fabric that she bought from Ghana, M got also some Africa flavor to her gorgeous yellow jacket. Jenni's jacket has some harmonic pastel colors in stripes and zig zags, Linda's jackets has some shells and sea creatures and Sanna's some abstract tropical flowers. Our new jackets are so fresh and beautiful, we just love them! Gonna post a close up of these jackets later.

"Got my hair done and my nails done too"...we were ready to hit the stage. The first round went ok, but we felt quite nervous and that we could've done it much better. So in the final round we just had a blast together and blowed the Peacock theater stage. We really felt the energy of each other. We did our best and gave all we had!

Waiting to hear the results was too exciting! We were nervous when they started to announce who came third and when they announced the second place, we heard our name. We found out that we had got the same points with the winners Will Funk For Food in the final round. If it happens that two crews have same points in the final round, they check who got better points in the first round. And in the first round we got one point less than WFFF, so they won with one point. It was so close! We all knew our first round wasn't that good for us, so we were really disappointed to lose because of that. K was so disappointed that when she accidentally stepped to a bee at the dressing room she felt like it was all just for one big, bad karma. But WFFF showcase was really good (as always), so we were happy for them. And after a night sleep the second place didn't feel that big thing anymore. Of course trip to Osaka would have been nice, we were really motivated because of that. But other time then!
posters by our true fans

The real twist was to come! The event was on Sunday and Tuesday morning Jouni (the organizer) announced that one of the judges had made a human mistake with his/hers points. So because of that the Will Funk For Food boys weren't the winners after all. The winner crew was a swedish crew of two people, Twisted Feet. We felt and still feel really sad for the WFFF guys! If we were a little disappointed of our lost, can't imagine how it feels to hear after two days celebration that you're not going to Osaka.

All in all it was a pleasure to get to dance together and see some nice performances! Here's some photos we took at Linnanmäki. Somehow we are more used to doing these ugly faces than smiling. Thank you Ninni for taking the photos! Check our her blog Broken Heels.

Thank you Cleva girl, all the dancers, our magnificent support team, judges, JJ, Ninni and everybody who came to support!