What's the story so far?
Jarkko Lehmus has worked as a multi-disciplinary dancer, dance teacher, choreographer, director and actor since 1995. Jarkko trained at the Finnish National Ballet School and at Millennium Performing Arts in London and also holds a BA (Hons) Theatre from Guildford School of Acting.
Lehmus danced as a soloist with the Scottish Ballet in 2003–2009. He performed in neo-classical and contemporary works by such major names as William Forsythe, Siobhan Davies, Ashley Page, Krzysztof Pastor, Richard Alston and Stephen Petronio. During his time in the UK he also performed with David Hughes Dance Company, Michael Keegan-Dolan's Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre and Kim Brandstrup's Arc Dance Company among others. In 2005 Lehmus received an Herald Angel Award for Excellence for his performances of Ashley Page’s works at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
After returning to Finland in 2011 Jarkko has been a regular visiting artist at Tero Saarinen Company and has also guested as a dancer, choreographer and rehearsal director at the Finnish National Ballet.
In his own artistic work Lehmus concentrates on physicality, spatial imagination, embodied emotions and kinaesthetic empathy. He is interested in multi-disciplinary artworks, combining different art and dance forms and the touching points of art and science.
Alongside his artistic work Lehmus has also been an active member of the performers’ unions both in the UK and in Finland. He is also a member of the board of Dance Health Finland, the artistic director of JoJo - Oulu Centre of Dance since January 2014 and producer of Cirko - Center for New Circus since April 2016.