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Open Studio: Stella Kruusamägi

During her residency at Veem House, Stella Kruusamägi is focusing on the topic of “Queering in the Periphery”. Her goal is to explore, with movement as well as voice, the labeling of queerness and the experiences of those who feel like outcasts within the LGBTQ community. During the Open Studio on May 12th, Stella will share insights of her research.

12 May 2023


About Stella Kruusamägi

Stella Kruusamägi (1992) is an Estonian artist-performer based in Stockholm. With a diverse background in performing arts and dance, her interdisciplinary practice encompasses performance art, movement, video art, sound art, installation, and writing. She holds a master’s degree in choreography from Stockholm University of the Arts and a bachelor’s degree in performing arts from the University of Tartu Viljandi Cultural Academy. She has worked on various artistic projects in Estonia, England, Spain, and Sweden.
Her work delves into psychology and psychophysics, exploring the physical and mental limits of the body, emotional and psychological states, and societal norms. She tackles topics such as the queer body, femininity, and ethics.
Stella is a member of the artist incubator at Subtopia Katapult and part of the Cate Group, an artists’ collective in Alby, Sweden, alongside Andrea Diaz Ghiretti and Juanma González.

About Open Studio

Take part in the research of emerging performance makers!

Are you curious about the creation processes of emerging performance makers? During Open Studio you can get a glimpse into artists work and processes as they develop. We open our doors to the beautiful and vulnerable process of creation, and invite you to take part in an exchange in an open and informal environment. As each artist engages with different thematics, particular questions and has a specific artistic practice, no Open Studio is alike.

Join artists in their research, and in it maybe find something out about yourself as well. No special knowledge is required, your curiosity is more than enough.

MDT X Veem House

This residency is part of an exchange between MDT in Stockholm and Veem House for Performance in Amsterdam. The chosen artists for the residency are Reza Mirabi (Amsterdam) and Stella Kruusamägi (Stockholm). This month, Stella is in Amsterdam for a residency at Veem House, after which Reza will go to Stockholm for a residency at MDT.

MDT and Veem House wish to create space for artistic research in experimental dance and choreography and to open possibilities for exchange with and between the two chosen artists and and the respective cities/artistic communities/workplaces/venues of Amsterdam and Stockholm.

This residency exchange is a DANCE HUB project of the Life Long Burning Network (with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union).

With thanks to the Henny Jurriens Foundation.