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Department of Art and Media Studies Norwegian University of Science and Technology 7491 Trondheim
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Heli Aaltonen

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I am a theatre researcher, performing storyteller and theatre/drama educator with a specialization in applied theatre practices, arts based research methods and encounters between ecology and performative art forms. I have a long experience of international creative youth drama as organiser and practitioner. I have studied and worked with applied theatre, physical theatre, youth and child theatre and puppetry in Stockholm, Wroclaw, Helsinki, Copenhagen and Århus. I am involved in different international youth theatre research projects as well as storytelling projects and write articles about them. I am interested in international/ intercultural projects and has studied and worked not only in Finland, but also in Sweden, Denmark, Poland, the UK, Greenland and at the moment in Norway.


I have written my MA thesis (1996) in the Faculty of Humanities in the Contemporary Literature-department (specialization in drama and theatre studies) in the University of Turku, Finland. The main focus of my doctoral thesis (Aaltonen 2006) Intercultural Bridges in Teenagers' Theatrical Events: Performing Self and Constructing Cultural Identity through a Creative Drama Process was to describe, analyze and interpret intercultural theatre work of young people (from 12 to 15 years old).

Teacher mobility program ERASMUS offered me a possibility to share pedagogical knowledge and artistic working methods with Stephanie Knight at the University of Glasgow in the context of an international master course Management asPerfoming Arts.
 

Research interests
I am interested in researching applied theatre practices, for example, intercultural youth theatre and exploring connection between performing arts, ethics and ecology. I am also interested in researching performative, site-specific, community-based, devised performance practices. I am, as well, interested in child, youth and nature constructions, and how they are represented in performing arts. Research methodologies which are in special interest are arts based, artistic, visual and participant-centred research methodologies. 

During the year 2011 I participated with paper presentations in different international conferances. In March 2011 I participated in the youth theatre conferance Skill Up, organised by Promote YT, Peebles, Scotland; in April in the international performativity seminar of the Institute of Art and Media Studies of NTNU, The Performance Turn: Implications for Academic Research and Organization; in May in Nordic Storytelling festival  Nordische Woche  in Berlin, organised by Kulturhus Berlin; in September in the community arts conferance Knowing Ways: Critical Learning in Arts Practice organised by the North Edinburgh Arts Center together with the editors of Journal of Arts and Communities. In Edinburgh I got a possibility to share a research paper Celebrating Life 2010 and Celebrating Transformation 20112: Reflections on the Artistic Leadership of Two International Storytelling Festivals 2010-2011. The research is based on my artistic leadership of an international storytelling project Nordic Voices  , which was a part of European Capital of Culture Program 2011 in Turku, Finland. The Nordic Voices-project organised two international storytelling festivals in 2010-2011 and a large art educational project with school schilden. I have, in the context of art educational program, edited two educational publications about storytelling with children and young people.

During the spring 2012 I have a research permission (FOU) and I am working with a research project connected with Nordic contemporary storytelling practices, which is called NORDSTO - Nordic Storytelling as Intercultural Bridge in Celebrating Life and Transformation.

I am an active member in Performance Studies Working Group Trondheim  and co-operate with researcher groups who have arts and praxis based research methodologies at the focus.
 

Areas of supervising  
Artistic, arts based and art educational research projects, youth and child theatre projects, performance and theatre theory, connections between ethics, ecology and performative art forms, storytelling, applied drama/theatre and all kind of intercultural/multilingual drama/theatre projects.  
 

Teaching interests
I have lectured on many courses on the master-level (DRA3001, DRA3003, DRA3004, DRA3005, DRA3090 and EiT3015).

On the spring termin 2012 I will have a research permission and I will lecture next time on the autumn at the introductory course for master students of Institute of Arts and Media Studies (DRA3090). I will also facilitate next youth theatre production course DRA2002 from October 2012 to December 2012. I will, as well keep Commedia dell' Arte workshops for the students studying at DRA1001-course. 

I would wish to connect with researchers who are interested in exploring nature and animal constructions in different artistic forms and who are interested in connection between ethics, ecology and performative art forms. I am very interested in all possibilities to share such courses and take part in such networks.
 

Tasks
Member of the Nordic Drama Boreale-research -network.
Member of the Finnish Youth Research – network. 

Publications

 



 

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Artistic productions

  • Aaltonen, Heli; Weisse, Suse. (2011) Syöjätär - die Dunkelfrau. Syöjätär - die Dunkelfrau
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2010) Kunstnerlig ledere av en internasjonell fortellerprosjekt Pohjoismaisia ääniä - Nordiska röster - Nordic Voices. Internationell berättarfestival 27.9.-5.10. Celebrating Life 2010
  • Aaltonen, Heli; Aaltonen, Anastasia. (2009) Violence is fun, violence is sexy. Commedia dell Arte
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2008) Meet the Storyteller. Meet the Storyteller
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2008) Northern Lights. null
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2008) Northern Lights - international storytelling project presentation. null
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2008) Selkie Stories. null
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2008) Stories round the Fire. null
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2008) Tell-a-story-day: Darkness and Light. null

Books

  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2011) Luontojutut: tarinankerrontaa ympäristön ja ihmisen välisestä suhteesta - Naturberättelser: berättande om förhållandet mellan människan och miljön. 2011. ISBN 978-952-5217-96-4.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2011) Silta tarinoiden maailmaan: opaskirja aikuislle, jotka haluavat jakaa tarinoita lasten ja nuorten kanssa - Bron till berättelsernas värld: handbok för vuxna som vill dela berättelser med barn och unga. 2011. ISBN 978-952-5217-94-0.
  • Aaltonen, Heli; Rikberg, Annika. (2011) Bron till berättelsernas värld: handbok för vuxna som vill dela berättelser med barn och unga - Silta tarinoiden maailmaan: opaskirja aikuisille, jotka haluavat jakaa tarinoita lasten ja nuorten kanssa. 2011. ISBN 978-952-5217-95-7.
  • Aaltonen, Heli; Rikberg, Annika. (2011) Naturberättelser: berättande om förhållandet mellan människan och miljön - Luontojutut: tarinankerrontaa ympäristön ja ihmisen välisestä suhteesta. 2011. ISBN 978-952-5217-97-1.

Part of book/report

  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2012) Research as a dialogue. How to design a reflexive study in an intensive international youth theatre festival context. Forestilling, framføring, forskning: metodologi i anvendt teaterforskning.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2011) Berättande med inriktning på hållbar utveckling - Kestävän kehityksen tarinankerronta. Naturberättelser: berättande om förhållandet mellan människan och miljön - Luontojutut: tarinankerrontaa ympäristön ja ihmisen välisestä suhteesta.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2011) Berättelser om sälmänniskor: exempel på ekosofiskt berättande - Hyljeihmistarinat: esimerkki ekosofisesta tarinankerronnasta. Naturberättelser: berättande om förhållandet mellan människan och miljön - Luontojutut: tarinankerrontaa ympäristön ja ihmisen välisestä suhteesta.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2011) Från historia till berättelse - Tarinasta kertomukseksi. Bron till berättelsernas värld: handbok för vuxna som vill dela berättelser med barn och unga - Silta tarinoiden maailmaan: opaskirja aikuisille, jotka haluavat jakaa tarinoita lasten ja nuorten kanssa.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2011) Födelseberättelsen - Syntytarina. Bron till berättelsernas värld: handbok för vuxna som vill dela berättelser med barn och unga - Silta tarinoiden maailmaan: opaskirja aikuisille, jotka haluavat jakaa tarinoita lasten ja nuorten kanssa.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2011) Födelseberättelsen till naturberättande - Syntytarina luontokertomuksiin. Naturberättelser: berättande om förhållandet mellan människan och miljön - Luontojutut: tarinankerrontaa ympäristön ja ihmisen välisestä suhteesta.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2011) Olika typer av berättelser - Kertomuslajit. Bron till berättelsernas värld: handbok för vuxna som vill dela berättelser med barn och unga - Silta tarinoiden maailmaan: opaskirja aikuisille, jotka haluavat jakaa tarinoita lasten ja nuorten kanssa.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2011) Sju stigar till det undermedvetna - Seitsemän polkua alitajunnan maailmaan. Naturberättelser: berättande om förhållandet mellan människan och miljön - Luontojutut: tarinankerrontaa ympäristön ja ihmisen välisestä suhteesta.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2011) Varför är det viktigt att berätta? - Miksi suullinen tarinankerronta on tärkeää?. Bron till berättelsernas värld: handbok för vuxna som vill dela berättelser med barn och unga - Silta tarinoiden maailmaan: opaskirja aikuisille, jotka haluavat jakaa tarinoita lasten ja nuorten kanssa.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2011) Ôvningar i skapande dramatik för berättarverkstäder - Luovan draaman harjoituksia tarinankerronnan avuksi. Bron till berättelsernas värld: handbok för vuxna som vill dela berättelser med barn och unga - Silta tarinoiden maailmaan: opaskirja aikuisille, jotka haluavat jakaa tarinoita lasten ja nuorten kanssa.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2010) Intercultural bridges through physical theatre. Arts education and beyond.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2010) Selkie Stories as an Example of Ecosophical Storytelling. Key Concepts in Theatre/Drama Education.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2009) Toden ja fiktiivisen välinen mahdollisuuksien ja kehollisen tutkimuksen tila - teatterin ja soveltavan draaman työtavat nuorten kanssa työskennellessä. Kauhajoen jälkipaini - Nuorisotutkijoiden ja ammattilaisten puheenvuoroja.

Report/dissertation

  • Aaltonen, Heli; Hatakka, Venla; Långbacka, Lena; Siltanen, Siina. (2012) Pohjoismaisia ääniä - Nordiska röster - Nordic Voices 2010 - 2011: Pohjoismainen tarinankerrontahanke / Nordiskt berättarprojekt: Raportti/Rapport. 2012.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2008) Børn & Kultur – det æstetiskes betydning?-rapport: Physical Theatre as a Communicative Practice for Meaning Making in the Multilingual Youth Encounter Context. 2008.

Others

  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2012) Ecocritical touch on Performative Research Paradigm. Performativitet seminar . Performativitet satsningsgruppe; 2012-06-04.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2012) Story Harvest: Nordic Storytelling Project at Schools. Kunstdidaktisk forum . Program for lærerutdanning; Trondheim. 2012-03-08 - 2012-03-08.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2012) The Golden Merganser: performing Nordic multilingual identities. PSi#18 - 18th Performance Studies International Conferance . University of Leeds; Leeds. 2012-06-30 - 2012-06-30.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2012) Why and how. international co-operation in the field of drama and theatre. Nasjonal nettverksamling i drama og teater . NTNU og DMMH; DMMH. 2012-11-04 - 2012-11-06.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Aaltonen, Heli. (2012) Reflecting on two practical-theoretical master projects. Dialogues and Interweaves . Institutt for kunst og medievitenskap, v/forskergruppe 3; Dragvoll NTNU. 2012-08-29 - 2012-08-31.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2011) Celebrating Life 2010 and Celebrating Transformation 2011: Reflections on the Artistic Leadership of Two International Storytelling Festivals 2010 - 2011. Knowing Ways: Critical Learning in Arts Practice 8.-10.9.2011 . North Edinburgh Arts Center; Edinburgh. 2011-09-10 - 2011-09-10.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2011) Kunstnerlig leder av internasjonal fortellerfestival Celebrating Transformation 2011. Internasjonal fortellerfestival [Kunstnerisk og museal presentasjon] . Europeisk kulturhuvudstadprosjekt Turku-Åbo 2011; Åbo. 2011-09-24 - 2011-10-04.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2011) Mary and the Seal / Mary ja hylje. Luontojutut: tarinankerrontaa ympäristön ja ihmisen välisestä suhteesta - Naturberättelser: berättande om förhållandet mellan människan och miljön.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2011) Nordic Storytelling as Intercultural Bridge in Celebrating Life and Transformation: Artistic Research in Practice. Practice as Research and the Issue of Methodology . International PerFormativity Seminar; NTNU. 2011-04-14 - 2011-04-14.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2011) Om mångspråkigt berättande och berättarfestivalen Celebrating Transformation. Nordgruppens möte och nätverksseminarium . Nordiska Röster - projekt; Åbo. 2011-09-25 - 2011-09-25.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2011) Performative Research Paradigm. MetLab . Institutt av kunst og medievitenskap / Performance Studies; Trondheim. 2011-03-18 - 2011-03-18.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2010) Berättarföreställning i Pansio bibliotek. Berättarföreställning med Suse Weisse [Kunstnerisk og museal presentasjon] . Internationell Berättarfestival Celebrating Life 2010; Turku. 2010-09-28 - 2010-09-28.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2010) Juttutalkoot 2010 - 2011 / Berättelsejakten 2010 - 2011.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2010) Performing Right and Wrong: comparative analysis of three youth theatre performances in the light of identity construction. Theatre Applications 21.-24.2010 . Central School of Speech and Drama; London. 2010-04-22 - 2010-04-22.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2010) Performing rock paintings and telling transformation stories. 7. verdenskongress av IDEA, 17.-25.7.2010 . IDEA; Belem. 2010-07-21 - 2010-07-21.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2010) The Sun Elk – exploring the power of storytelling. 7. verdenskongress av IDEA, 17.-25.7.2010 . IDEA; Belem. 2010-07-24 - 2010-07-24.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2010) Transformative power of storytelling in creating co-existence and building bridges between human and non-human life forms. Miljø og kultur: Dyr i humanvitenskapene - seminar . Institutt for tverrfaglige kulturstudier ved NTNU; Trondheim. 2010-10-21 - 2010-10-21.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2010) Tvåspråkig finsk-norsk berättarföreställning och workshop med Georgiana Keable och 1-klassister i Cygneus skole, Turku, Finland. Skolebesøk [Kunstnerisk og museal presentasjon] . Internasjonall berättarfestival Celebrating life; Turku. 2010-09-27 - 2010-09-28.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2010) Tvåspråkig finsk-tysk berättarföreställning og workshop i Kimitonejdens skola / åk 7-9, Kimitö. Berättarföreställning och workshop med Suse Weisse [Kunstnerisk og museal presentasjon] . Internationell Berättarfestival Celebrating Life 2010; Kimitö. 2010-09-28 - 2010-09-29.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2009) Fortellinger om selkier og havfruer. Skoleforestilling [Kunstnerisk og museal presentasjon] . S-Team og i Lesning og skrivning for det 21. århundredes barn og unge; Huseby skole - Trondheim. 2009-03-12 - 2009-03-12.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2009) Fortellinger om selkier oh havfruer. Skoleforestilling [Kunstnerisk og museal presentasjon] . S-Team og i Lesning og skrivning for det 21. århundredes barn og unge; Huseby skole - Trondheim. 2009-03-26 - 2009-03-26.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2009) Lärarens roll i objektanimationsundervisning: Improvisation, dramaturgi og visuell helhetskoordinering. FoU i Praksis - Konferanse om praksisrettet FoU i lærerutdanningen, 23.–24. april 2009 . HINT - Høgskolen i Nord-Trøndelag; Levanger. 2009-04-23 - 2009-04-24.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2009) Performativity and Nature, Agency of non-human actors in the performances of Annette Arlander and Tuija Kokkonen. LABORATORIUM FOR PERFORMATIVITET . IKM; Trondheim. 2009-12-10 - 2009-12-10.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2009) Storytelling seminarium i musepedagogiskt arbete. Turku Universitet - museologi, kulturforskning . Turku Universitet - museologi, kulturforskning; Turku. 2009-01-24 - 2009-01-25.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2009) Transformative power of storytelling in creating co-existence and building bridges between humans and animals: Arts based case study based on seal people stories. Drama Boreale 2009 - Drama i tre akter: en odyssè . Pedagogiska fakulteten vid Åbo Akademi, Yrkeshögskolan Novia; Vasa. 2009-08-06 - 2009-08-09.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Aaltonen, Heli. (2009) The Selkie Bride - exploring the Power of Stoytelling in the Middle of ecological War between Humans and other Species (Workshop). Drama Boreale 2009 Drama in three Movements - an Ulyssean Encounter . Åbo Akademi University Campus Academill; Vaasa. 2009-08-06 - 2009-08-09.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2008) 23.9.2008 Tarinankerronta 24.9.2008 Tarinat ja museopedagogiikka 25.9.2008 Dilemmateatteri. Førelesninger . Turku Universitet, Kulturforskning, museologi; Turku. 2008-09-23 - 2008-09-27.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2008) Interkulturelle broer i tenåringers teatrale hendelser – å iscensette seg selv og å konstruere kulturell identitet gjennom en kreativ dramaprosess. Scenekunstfestivalen TAG - Ungdomsteaterseminar . Teater Avantgarden; Trondheim. 2008-09-21 - 2008-09-21.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2008) Nordic Voices Presentation. International Storytelling Conferance in Oslo Høgskole . Oslo Høgskole - Heidi Dahlsveen; Oslo. 2008-08-14 - 2008-08-18.
  • Aaltonen, Heli. (2008) Storytelling seminarium i musepedagogiskt arbete 29.09.2008 og 16.11.2008. Seminarium . Turku Universitet, Kulturforskning, museologi; Turku. 2008-09-29 - 2008-11-16.