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Kirsi Manninen

Costume designer, teacher, Helsinki, www

Kirsi Manninen, MA, is a Helsinki-based costume designer, teacher of digital drawing and a doctoral candidate at the Department of Film, Television and Scenography, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The topic of her research isCreating a Character – Thinking and Communication through Analogue and Digital Costume Sketching fromthepoint of view of the costume designer. She has specialized in costume design and rendering, and is one of the pioneers of teaching digital drawing and its techniques on the touch screen in Finland and abroad.

Kirsi’s current activities moves fluently between research, costume design and research-ledteaching. Her career as a costume designer includes over one hundred productions in television, theatre and film as well as circus, dance, shadow theatre, black theatre, puppetry, Beijing opera, ice dance, mask theatre and multimedia. She worked over thirty years as scenographer for Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth, contributing the visual identity of the organization at an international level.

Hermethodology as a costume designer has been the subject of other academic research, Master’s Thesis: The Many Dimensions of Circus Costume – Kirsi Manninen as a costume designer in Winter Circus, Author of the Master’s Thesis: Elisa Avikainen, University of Helsinki 2016.

She has had a solo exhibition celebrating her 25-years career as an artist at the Theatre Museum in Helsinki and has received a one-year artist grand from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Talvisirkus Uni, Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth

Talvisirkus Uni, Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth

2014

Photos: Kirsi Manninen

Liian paksu perhoseksi, Yleisradio TV 1

Liian paksu perhoseksi, Yleisradio TV 1

1998

Tove Idström – Heidi Köngäs – Kari Kyrönseppä

Photo: Ari-Pekka Keränen.

Leijona ja kirppu, Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth

Leijona ja kirppu, Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth

2001

Kaj Chydenius – Arja Pettersson

Photo: Riku Virtanen

Helium, Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth

Helium, Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth

2009

Heikki Leppävuori

Photo: Riku Virtanen.

Iso-Heikkilän isäntä ja hänen renkinsä Matti, Pyynikin kesäteatteri

Iso-Heikkilän isäntä ja hänen renkinsä Matti, Pyynikin kesäteatteri

2009

Photo: Leena Klemelä.

Talvisirkus Afrikka, Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth

Talvisirkus Afrikka, Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth

2012

Hannu Oskala – Arja Pettersson

Photo: Kirsi Manninen.

Jörö Jukka, Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth

Jörö Jukka, Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth

2013

Photo: Riku Virtanen

Peppi Pitkätossu, Järvenpään kesäteatteri

Peppi Pitkätossu, Järvenpään kesäteatteri

2016

Astrid Lindgren

Jan Johansson

Photo: Sami Lamberg.

Tatu ja Patu, Ahaa Teatteri

Tatu ja Patu, Ahaa Teatteri

2009

Aino Havukainen and Sami Toivonen

Mikko Perkoila

Photo: Ahaa teatteri