Silence Residency


The Silence residency is an international multidisciplinary residency for artists focusing on performing arts. The Silence residency does not exclude any form of art but primarily supports multidisciplinary work, various performing arts projects, contemporary circus projects, and cooperation of artists from the northern regions. The artists-in-residence are selected on the basis of applications.

In 2018, the Silence residence is in operation from May until November, with the exception of the Silence festival in June.

The Silence residency provides a working space suitable for performing arts in the community hall of Kaukonen ("Tökäri"). The village of Kaukonen is located amidst the pure and beautiful nature of Kittilä, along the river Ounasjoki. These premises provide a unique setting for creating art, allowing artists to focus on their work and let go of daily stress and the hectic city life. Artists are encouraged to use the old buildings of Kaukonen village as well as the beautiful scenery both as a source of inspiration and as performance venues. Artists staying at the residence are expected to show a high artistic level and interest in public work during their stay. 

Integration of the applicant's project needs with the facilities provided by the residence is the primary factor guiding the process of selecting applicants. We aim to choose both young, aspiring professional artists and more experienced artists. Multidisciplinary approaches to art and projects that make use of different types of established performing arts are also given emphasis when artists are chosen.


Applying for Silence residency:

The call for artists-in-residence has closed. All the residency applicants have been informed about the decisions by email. The selected artists-in-residence  will be published during the spring.

Please submit your free-form application by e-mail. The application must include the following attachments: a work plan, the requested dates and length of the residency period, information about the team (headcount and presentations of the team members), the wishes of the artist or team regarding the residency period, the applicant's suggestion for the public event (demo, public discussion, open rehearsal, workshop, school visit, etc.), and details about the possible funding already granted to the project. 

Please submit your application to

The artists-in-residence selected for 2018 will be contacted in person in February 2018. The artists-in-residence are chosen by festival planner Henna Kaikula in cooperation with the executive director of the association, Joonas Martikainen, and producer Jonna Leppänen.



The Silence residence is meant for both Finnish and international artists. The residence provides a working space for an artist or a team for 2 to 6 weeks at a time, based on applications. 

The working space offered by the residence is the Kaukonen community hall, with a surface area of 7.9 m x 9.6 m and a height of 4.46 m. If needed, dance mats, one aerial rigging point, lighting and audio devices suitable for rehearsal use, and yoga/acrobatics mats are provided. The artist-in-residence may also use the green room of the community hall. 

Artists-in-residence are also provided with the following: an apartment for 1 to 3 persons in the community house, bedlinen, shower and bathroom facilities, possibility to do laundry, an internet connection, and a kitchen. For a small fee, transportation and procurement of other equipment or appurtenance, as well as additional accommodation, can be arranged if needed. 

During the residency, an event open to the public will be arranged in a way that has been agreed with the artists beforehand. The public event could be, for example, a meeting with the artists, a discussion, a demo presentation, a workshop or a school visit. The residence personnel will help the artists arrange the public events, acquire the supplies, and get to know the surroundings. The personnel will also act as a contact between the artists-in-residence and the locals. 

The Silence residency began operating in 2015, and back then it primarily enabled the artistic work of the artists and teams chosen to perform in the Silence festival. In 2016, the association rented the Kaukonen community hall from Pohjanpalo organisation for 10 years. Since then, the community hall has been the focus of residency operations. A project to develop the residency operations was commenced in 2017 and it will continue until the end of 2018. During this project, experiences on the functionality of the residence will be collected, and the space will be renovated to better meet the needs of artistic work. During the development project, residency is offered to artists free of charge. 

The number of teams and artists chosen for the Silence residency in 2018 is dependent on the funding granted for the upkeep and development of the residence.

For more information on residency operations, please contact


Residency artists 2017


Mira Ravald & Luis Sartori do Vale: Portmanteu

Mira Ravald works in the borderline of dance and circus emphasising musicality and the flow of movement. Mira graduated as a circus artist, trapeze as major, from Salpaus Further Education Regional Consortium in 2009. Dance has become her other profession and she has studied it in Finnish dance schools as well as n courses in Europe, Cuba, Brazil and USA.

Luis Sartori do Vale studies the dialog between different artforms and new poetic aesthetics in performing arts. Luis is a trained visual artist has graduated from École Supérieure des Arts du Cirque (ESAC, Belgium) as circus artist. In addition to his international circus career he also works with illustration, photography and animation.

Portmanteu is part of the festival opening event. Read more.


Lauri Sallinen, Mikko Hyvönen, Teo Lanerva, Libero Mureddu: Solitude

Sibelius Academy and Manhattan School of Music graduate Lauri Sallinen works as a clarinetist in different festivals and performs actively new music with i.e. Uusinta Ensemble (Helsinki), Ensemble Temporum (Oslo) and MikroEnsemble. At the moment he is most passionate about the performance side of music.

Mikko Hyvönen is a Finnish performance / dance artist based in Brussels. Since graduating from P.A.R.T.S. school for contemporary dance (Brussels) in 2010 he has worked around Europe as choreographer and dancer.  Lately he has been performing in works of Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Tale Dolven and Gabel Eiben.

Teo Lanerva is  a lighting designer (BA, Theatrical Arts) based in Helsinki, Finland. In addition to his diverse projects he is finishing his master studies in the Department of Lighting and Sound Design of the University of the Arts Helsinki.
Libero Mureddu is Italian composer music technologist based in Finland. He studied composing and piano at the G. Verdi conservatorium in Milan and music technology in Sibelius Academy. As a composer he is interested in improvisation and algorithmic music and their combination. (Mikko Hyvönen)


William Thomas: S(OLO)S

William Thomas is a French circus artist specialised in floor-acrobatics. Since graduating from ENACR (l’École Nationale des Arts du Cirque de Rosny-sous-Bois) and CNAC (Centre national des arts du cirque de Chalons en Champagne) in 2008 circus artist William Thomas has collaborated with various French and European Companies on multi-disciplinary projects involving dance and circus. William’s work is often influenced by his previous studies in visual art. His acrobatics combine elements from a variety of influences: everything from martial arts, stunts, ballet and contemporary dance to climbing, hiking and wood carving. He has co-written and created several shows for French based Collective CIE BAM.