Maija Hirvanen & Eva Neklyaeva

Book launch: Practical Performance Magic

a photo of a stage built outside, in the fields, on sunrise

Photo: DALL·E

What if, when a performance is described as “nothing short of magical,” it is not just a metaphor? Maija Hirvanen and Eva Neklyaeva wrote a book together exploring the techniques involved in creating and curating contemporary performances through practical magic.

Like feminist magic, performance magic is not inherited or exclusive, but learned and inclusive. Anyone can practice it.

This is a book of recipes and spills, based on lived experience, observations and bewilderments of both writers.

You are very warmly invited to share the moment of the book launch with us.

Concept and writing by Maija Hirvanen and Eva Neklyaeva
Design: POMO
Publisher: Friends of Physical Contemporary Art, in the frame of Performing Portals project
Editing: Leah Whitman-Salkin
Funded by Art Promotion Centre Finland


About the Writers

Maija Hirvanen is a choreographer and performance maker. Her interests range from the relationship between art and different belief systems and ways of re-learning to questions of embodiment and the more-than-human approach in performance and choreography. She makes performances on stages and in places, writes, researches, teaches, and collaborates.

Eva Neklyaeva is a curator with an anti-disciplinary practice, finding moments of freedom and meaning in the intersections of multiple forms of artistic expression, writing, and research. Or, in other words, she weaves stories and hosts spaces—the kinds that make pleasure linger.

Fri 24.11. 20.00

Mad House Helsinki
Tekstin talo, Lintulahdenkatu 3

For participant:

The event has free admission.


The facilities of Mad House are accessible for people using mobility aids. Read more about the venue’s accessibility here.