The Finnish Cecilia Moisio (1978) is a choreographer, director and performer based in the Netherlands since 1997. In 2019 she won The Dutch Dance Days Young Audience Award. In 2014 she won the same prize in the category for adult audiences as an upcoming choreographer. Previously she has also been nominated for the BNG Theater maker prize in 2011 and twice for the VSCD dance prize- ‘the swan’ for best dancer of the year. Cecilia danced for many years with Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel and later with WArd/waRD – Ann Van den Broek becoming one of the most eclectic dancers of the Dutch dance scene.
Her over 28 works have been performed more than 16 countries worldwide. Her dance movie SHE/HER has won awards at the Chicago Feminist Film Festival, the Dance Film Festival in Budapest and Stories We Dance festival in Genoa, Italy. Since 2016 she produces her work under her own foundation ‘Stichting Cecilia Moisio’. In 2019 she started to create work for young audiences as well. In 2021 she became one of the core artists at Maas theater en dans – the main youth theatre company in the Netherlands.
Cecilia’s inspiration comes from the psychology of humans and the unconscious behavioural patterns that arise from social norms and expectations imposed upon us. She calls herself a ‘Psychological Activist’ and is always looking for the truth behind our motives, emotions and behaviour. She wants to confront the audience with unspoken taboos. In her performances, she shows how carefully constructed social facades are slowly decomposed and uncovered.
Her work is multidisciplinary; in between theatre, dance and performance art. Her performances have a dynamic character, filled with raw emotion on the one hand, and a clean, controlled choreography on the other. Humor is her vice, she loves to provoke emotion. She combines a strong visual style in video, décor and costumes with witty content and a layered sound composition to dig deep into her audience mind.
Her works consist of Lasinen Vuori (1995 Ad*Astra Theatre, Finland), Miss Julie (1996 Ad*Astra Theatre, Finland), Anatomy Of Space (2005 Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel), performances for the exhibition Movement[s] by photographer Jamain Brigitha (2006/2007), Masculine. (2009 Dansmakers Amsterdam), Psychopomp (2010 Royal Conservatory of Antwerp), Eurydice Regained (2010 Theaterschool Amsterdam), Hi! My Name Is… (2010 Dansmakers Amsterdam, Aerowaves priority company), 3×3 (2010 de Stilte), Juxtapose (2013 Dansmakers Amsterdam), the solo IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S ME (2013 Stichting Imperium), 2 by 2 (2014 Nederlandse Dansdagen & FASHIONCLASH), durational performance for museums: Facets (2014 Performing Gender), L.O.V.E. (2014 Dansmakers Amsterdam), This Is The End (2015 Danstheater AYA), Partymonster (2015 Toneelgroep Oostpool), Y.E.S. (2015 Theaterschool Amsterdam), Mum’s The Word (2015 Dansmakers Amsterdam), the dance movie SHE/HER (2016 Family Affair Films), WE HAVE TO TALK (2016 Fontys Bachelor of Dance), THE END (2016 ArtEZ Bachelor of Dance), OMGYES (2016 Tanzmainz, Germany), Mommy Issues (2016 Teatr ROZBARK, Poland), Circles (work-in-progress) (2016 Stichting Cecilia Moisio), V (2017 Fontys Bachelor of Dance), The Nose Touch (2017 Fontys Bachelor of Dance), Error Humanum (2017 Kuopio, Finland), I Can See Myself Through Your Eyes (2018 Stichting Cecilia Moisio), Human Error (2018 Fontys Bachelor of Dance), Victory (2018 Maas theater en dans), choreography for Juffenballet (2020 Maas theater en dans/Bonte Hond), My Arms Are Tired (2021 ArtEZ Bachelor of Dance), REVOLT (2021 Maast theater en dans), choreography for Zinderella (2021 NNT/Maas theater en dans) and V (2022 Poetic Disasters Club/Club Guy & Roni/NNT).