Joni Österlund 


Born in Finland, Pori, Joni is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher.

The dancer started his training with the Dance School Liisa Nojonen while intimately connected to Pori Dance Company under the directorship of Liisa Nojonen.

Advancing to study in the Finnish National Ballet School, he worked with Jorma Uotinen (Black Water), Kenneth Greve (Snow Queen) learning also parts from Mats Ek’s Swan Lake. 

After receiving a scholarship to attend dance master classes in Salzburg from Peter Breuer, Ildiko Pongor and
Fabrice Edelmann Joni chose to complete a Bachelor degree in Classical Ballet in Budapest’s Hungarian Dance Academy while dancing in works from Tamás Juronics (Magic Flute), Guyla Harangozó (Square Concert) and Seregi László (Sylvia, Faust).


During the years 2016-2019 Joni danced in the Eger Dance Company in Gardonyí Géza Theatre in the city of Eger, Hungary directed by Tamás Topolánszky.

From 2019 Joni has worked with a multitude of theatres and festivals: Staatsoper Wien, Volksoper Wien, Theater an der Wien, Salzburger Festspiele, Styriarte, La Strada Graz

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Artistic Statement

The goal is to build an archive of tools, experiences, and memories through research with multidisciplinary artists.  Österlund's priority is on understanding the artistically essential ways of movement and its genre-specific ways to convey an idea to the community in the structure of performance art and theatre.

Current themes revolve around the patterns of our society, needing to better itself and the system we have constructed around us. The interest is in opposites and conflict in harmony. Duality, Symbols, and the collective unconscious direct the course. The balance between the emotions of physical theatre and traditional dancing techniques is held important.

Other interests involve sustainability, biophilia, and the design of future cities.

Fascia, spine, joint-hygiene, the weight of the head, spirals, over-crossing, and reaching and breath are the technical base to expand from. Exploration starts from the vocabulary of constructed improvisation, voice's relationship with movement, and the study of theatre, building up in complexity and details.



Born 14.08.1991 Pori, Finland

Judengasse 1A/1/15

1010 Wien, Austria

+43 676 561 5994


2019- Freelancer Dancer with:

Companies, Theatres and festivals such as: Die Neue Oper Wien, Theater an der Wien, Styriarte, Salzburger Festspiele, Volksoper Wien

Choreographers and Directors such as: Christof Loy, Klevis Elmazaj, Robert Carsen, Nicolas Paul, Keith Warren, Ran Arthur Braun, Jörg Weinöhl, Matthias Oldag, Henry Mason, Francecs Abós


2016-2019 Theatre Gárdonyi Géza & The Dance Company:

Contemporary Ballet, Modern, Character dances, Improvisation, Pas de Deux, also singing and acting. Tasks as a soloist, corps de ballet, and duets. Plus all of the operettas and musicals by the theatre company.


  • 2012-2013 Finnish National Ballet: La Bayadère, Le Corsaire, Snow Queen

  • 2014 Szeged Contemporary Ballet: Josephslegende by Tamás Juronics

  • 2014-15 The Magic Flute by Tamás Juronics


2017 SUNSET by Laszló Nemes 

Roles of: Cadet, Dancing Soldier & Upper-Class citizen


  • 2020 You don't fit the profile -an outdoor dance performance for a group regarding the Corona-politics in arts

  • 2020 Mind. Your Own Business. -Solo Vienna Austria

  • 2019 Hintergedanke, Vienna Austria

  • 2019 Creation,  Dancearts Boris Nebyla Vienna Summer Masterclasses Choreography

  • 2017 Urban Patterns, "Műhély Alápítvány" candidate

  • 2017  In Vivo, International Dance Gala, Pori Finland

  • 2014 Szürkület, Duet, Hungarian Dance Academy's choreography competition 3rd place

  • 2013  Echo/Kaiku (excerpt), NextStep Exhibition, Helsinki Finland 

  • 2012 Rapscallion, for the Finnish National Ballet School Christmas Matiné in Alminsali, Helsinki Finland

  • 2012 Echo/Kaiku, Artist in close up -festival, Helsinki Finland


  • 2019- Vienna Dance Centre, Contemporary dance teacher

  • 2019-2020 Dancearts Boris Nebyla, Contemporary dance teacher

  • 2018-2019 Podium Dance School Eger, Contemporary dance teacher

Guest Teacher:

  • 2019 Grand Assamble Festival  Fundatia Simona Noja Workshops in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

  • 2017 Liisa Nojonen International Summer Courses 


2011-2012 Pori Dance Company: 

On and off-stage, performance, production & tour assistant for the director Liisa Nojonen. Creations by Jorma Uotinen, Tero Saarinen, Marjo Kuusela, Jung-Eun Kim, Geon Hyauk Jin

Founder of Pop-up Project "EVIDANCE" 2017-2018:

Artistic sharing and exchange project between Hungary and Finland. 

  • Connecting and informing the directing faculty of dance companies and the respective theatres in the sister cities of the Finnish Pori and Hungarian Eger. Resulting in artistic guest performances in Pori and Eger.

  • Interpretation and translation of artistic meetings in Finland, Helsinki with directorship of Miskolc Ballet meeting the directors of Alpo Aaltokoski Company, Susanna Leinonen Company and Pori Dance Company regarding the artistic exchange between the companies, festivals, dancers and choreographers. So far resulting in Alpo Aaltokoski performing in the HORIZONT Festival in Miskolc, Hungary





2013-2016 B.A. CLASSICAL BALLET Hungarian Dance Academy (HDA)

Classical ballet, Modern, Pas de deux, improvisation 

Class Teachers: György Szakály, Gábor Keveházi, Tatiana Vdovicheva, Wiesław Dudek, Tamás Topolánszky, Noemi Kulcsár

2011-2013 DANCER, VOCATIONAL DIPLOMA Finnish National Opera Ballet School

Classical ballet, Modern, Pas de deux, Mats Ek repertoire, improvisation, Flamenco, Pilates, Body conditioning 

Class Teachers: Timo Kokkonen, Yannick Boquin, Jorma Uotinen, Kenneth Greve, Saima Kranig, Sándor Nemethy, Veli-Pekka Peltokallio, Minna Tervamäki, Ulla-Mari Mäkelä, Nina Hyvärinen, Leena Kalk, Jarkko Niininen, Riku Lehtopolku

Summer Courses & Workshops with various international choreographers and teachers:

Alexander Korobko, Alonzo King, Béla Földi, Damien Jalet, Eldad Ben Sasson, Fabrice Edelmann, Ildiko Pongor, János Misurák, Jose Carlos Blanco Martinez, Konstantin Karin, Meri Tankka, Mikko Lampinen, Neel Verdoorn, Pál Lovas, Peter Breuer, Riikka Tankka, Russell Adamson, Susanna Leinonen