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Looking For Loïe

Looking For Loïe
Looking For Loïe is a feminist dance film in which a woman comes face to face with inequality in the work place. It is inspired by the life and works of Loïe Fuller. It is created by all woman and non-binary makers.
Tuulia Soininen is an award-winning dance and video artist from Finland. Soininen is a fresh, innovative and up-and-coming artist in the screen dance world. She graduated as a dancer-choreographer from Falmouth University in 2018. After that, she has worked as a freelance dance artist in Pirkanmaa and completed studies in the audiovisual field. Soininen also participated in Women In Film and Television Finland mentoring in 2022. She is the CEO of Muusa Tuotannot Oy, which specializes in dance films. She works with experimental and feminist films. Soininen has choreographed the dance films Looking For Loïe (2023) and To Be Touched (2022) and created Connecting... A dance documentary (2021) and HEARKEN (2021). Director Statement Looking For Loïe is a project that took over 1,5 years to complete. The director Tuulia Soininen was hugely inspired by the dance and technology pioneer Loïe Fuller. Fuller was one of the first dance practitioners to de-sexualize the dancing female body. The body became abstract, it formed shapes, colors and images. In this film we have consciously aimed to point out, comment and diminish the male gaze. Fuller does not fit into one box. She was a scientist during an era when women were not welcomed to the science world. In history books she is seen either a dance artist or a theater technology inventor. Why ought thinking and moving be binaries? Looking For Loïe revolves around the themes of visibility and agency. It was created by all woman and non-binary makers. The decision was made in order to address the striking inequality in the film industry. It also continues the discussion on how to create agency for discriminated genders on and off screen. For Tuulia this project is deeply meaningful. It is her first solo direction. It was also the first project she received funding for. She was truly touched by all the passionate people she got to make this film with. The process wasn't without controversy. There was some backlash from inside the film industry. But that proved there was all the more reason why this film should be made. This film was created by the power of community, supporting each other and believing in the common cause of equality in the workplace. Ratings