Pia is a freelance dancer and choreographer with flamenco as her speciality.
The artist also often acts as a co-producer in different works/performances.
Pia believes in the true and direct expression of flamenco and is convinced of flamencos strengths as an universal art form. She is credited for her "aire" and nerv as a dancer, her work often characterized by a close co-operation with musicians and different art forms. Her interest in the musicality of flamenco as a percussive and reactive danceform has taken her to exiting cooperations combining electroacoustic music, looping techniques and cooperations with Finnish singer Anna Fält to name a few.
As a three-year-old Pia was absorbed by flamenco in Granada and declared that she when she grew up, she would be a flamenco dancer! After years of dance classes with Anneli Uronen in Helsinki at an early age, she studied at the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm (DoCH), at Conservatorio Superior de Danza de Malaga, and still continually at Amor de Dios in Madrid and other dance schools in Spain, Sweden, Finland and wherever she happens to be.
Now the Stockholm-based dancer is touring with the shows Orígen, El Tiempo Flamenco, ¡RÅ!, and Flamenco de los Niños as well as with the group Aire de Vida. Maybe you saw her in "Urban Orchestra", the opening act of the second Eurovision semifinal 2013?
When not on the road or teaching, she is in the studio working on new material for some exiting new projects as well as planning ahead for the productions to come! Through her company LP Flamenco, she has cooperated with swedish organisations such as Dans i Norr/Norrbottenmusiken in the northernmost north, Scenkonst Sörmland, Västmanlandsmusiken, Dans i Stan and Länsmusiken in Stockholm, Musik i Syd in the south to name a few.
New since 2015 is that Pia has said YES to being the artistic director and driving force behind series of monthly flamenco-fridays at a theatre in central Stockholm!
Get to the program through the "FlamencoFredag" tab (in swedish).
Her co-operation with Finnish singer Anna Fält and the production ¡RÅ! was nominated for "Årets Tvärspel" - "co-operation beyond borders of the year" - at Folk- och Världsmusikgalan 2015. She is the first percussive dancer to be admitted as a part of Musikcentrum.
She has also been granted a one year artist recidency at SITE Sweden for a second year - a great honour and possibility to deepen her workgh and proud receiver of the Stockholm City Culture Scholarship award 2016 for her work within the dance field.
Pia teaches people of all levels and ages, works as dancer/choreographer in both traditional productions, theatre and more experimental constellations with various musicians, artists and directors both on and off stage, as well as co-producing flamencorelated projects. She teaches continually at Dans Compagniet in Stockholm, Rum för Barn at Kulturhuset, Stockholm, gives private classes and appears as a guest teacher on festivals (such as Helsinki Flamenco Festival, Tampere Flamenco Festival, Stockholm Tap Festival and Sundsvall Guitar Festival) and schools in Sweden and abroad spreading the word on flamenco.
Said about Pia and her amazing colleagues:
"Most spectacular was the performance by Finnish Anna Fält and Pia Pohjakallio..."
Alexander Agrell, Sydsvenskan
"I want to nominate flamenco dancer Pia Pohjakallio for Artist of the Year.
With natural scenic presence and a driving force beyond the ordinary Pia explores flamenco as an art form beyond burdening clichés. During 2012, we have been able to see her in performances for both children and grownups... A strong voice in contemporary dance context! "
A "publics vote" for Folk- och Världsmusikgalan
Artist of the Year Award
"...Her feet did real drum solos and it is impossible to understand how anyone can patter so quickly with the heels. Sometimes it was as if we heard the exact same motion, same mood, in the guitar as we saw in the dance. Vision and hearing became one. Flamenco heat, power and emotional intensity make it an experience. Especially when it is done so competently and with such charisma that here."
Susanne Holmlund, ST
"Urban Orchestra" was the awesome spectacle that opened the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö. Definitely one of the most beautiful and impressive musical numbers we've been enjoying in the history of the Festival..."
Salvador Garcia Aranda, Y el flamenco llegó a Eurovision con Pia del Norte
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