Heini Nukari (b.1972 in Finland) started her artistic education in the area of music and theatre. Later she studied in the School for New Dance Developement (SNDO) from where she graduated 1997. In Amsterdam she was also a member of the company Subtheater.
Since 1998 she is based in Berlin as a free-lance dancer/choreographer. She has been working a.o. Jonna Huttunen, Ten Pen Chii art labor, Thomas Lehmen and Christoph Winkler. Together with Anna Jankowska (Poland) she founded TRAVA 1998. TRAVA has since then produced several pieces. They became known with the piece ‘Hahmomania’ at the TANZTAGE BERLIN 2000. ‘No Time for Wasa’, a piece commissioned by the TanzWerkstatt Berlin, premiered at the ‘Internationalen Tanzfest – Tanz im August 2001’ and toured as the German contribution to ‘Dance Roads’. Various guest performances have ever since led TRAVA to several countries. 2004 Heini’s solo ‘Station Kautschuk’ received the first prize in the International Choreography competition of TanzImpulse Salzburg.
In the same year TRAVA was invited to work with the Ballet Vorpommern. In the latest piece,’Hella!Helle!, premiered 2005 at Sophiensaele Berlin, TRAVA cooperated with a musician and film maker. ’Kuloflux’, a piece with Heini and the musician Sebastian Schmidt, premiered at TANZTAGE BERLIN 2005 and became the last work produced under the name TRAVA.
Since 2006 Heini is giving workshops at the UDK (University of Arts, Berlin) and working individually, concentrating on the voice. In June 2006 she took part in the intensive voice workshop, “Towards the Realisation of a Project” at the Roy Hart centre in France where she developed her new solo, “White Dog ballads”, a work which combines movement, songs and text. In July-August 2006 she took part in the “Moving Stage Lab”, which is part of the Nordic Theatre Days in Copenhagen.