Residency artists and researchers Performing arts, performance art Satu Hakamäki Performing artist Satu Hakamäki. Photo: Jussi Virkkumaa In the Saari Residence, I will work with Elie Halonen in a laboratory-like atmosphere exploring dance, movement, sculpture, shibari tying, bodies, identities, interaction, and empathy and how these themes can dance, discuss, melt, argue or meet in other ways. I try to keep my mind and body open to all directions and free to explore without setting too many ideas about the result of the work. I try to enjoy (artistic) freedom, time, the possibility to settle in one place, surrounding nature’s energy, feeling the sea nearby. I also try to be curious, playful, brave and loving towards myself and my Saari fellows. I have worked for over ten years as a freelance artist with contemporary dance, circus, and theatre. My main interests are interaction, nature, and power relationships. My dream is an open, honest, and present way to be. I get inspired by different spaces and surroundings and what their role can be in a performance. My most loved method is guided improvisation. I work rather in a group than alone. The best place to work is by the sea or in a forest, but occasionally I also need a flat floor.