Roadmap 2015-2025 / punkkiCo

(International / USA)

A Room (Of Our Own)

Date and Time: Thursday June 1, 8:30 PM | Saturday June 3, 9:30 PM | Sunday June 4, 2:00PM
Duration: 60 minutes without intermission. No Late Seating.
Location: Firehouse

Ticket Information

General Admission: $25
Sponsor: $50
Discount for Full-Time Students with ID & Seniors: $21

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Choreography and Directing: Raisa Punkki
Film and Directing: Pauliina PunkkiPerformers: Mihyun Lee, Fanni Miettinen, Meegan Hertensteiner, Raisa Punkki, Hahmo (on film)
Light Design: Maria Ros Palmklint
Sound Design: Aaron M. Gold
Cinematographer: Jarmo Kiuru
Costumes: Keriann Egeland

Artist Information


Work Sample

Photo by Pak Han

A Room (Of Our Own) is a live performance where movement, film and art collaborate on the subject of what it means to be a female. With nods to Virginia Woolf and Gloria Steinem, this new work from choreographer Raisa Punkki and director Pauliina Punkki, features 4 dancers, plus a cinematic manifestation, “Hahmo,” who insinuates itself into the narrative to observe and interact. How does society regard the feminine? What is seen as powerful? What else is the age than a number?


Raisa Punkki is a San Francisco-based dance artist who was born and raised in Finland. After moving to San Francisco in 2003, she founded her dance company punkkiCo in 2005. Raisa Punkki’s artistic exploration happens through different forms of contemporary dance, theatrical work and through collaboration with artists from different disciplines. She has gotten awards and grants both in Europe and USA and has toured internationally. “A dancing body is ageless, and for me the most rewarding experiences as a performer and artist started to happen when I turned 46. I am still at the start of my journey.”

Pauliina Punkki was born and raised in Lapland, Northern Finland. She currently resides in Cologne, Germany. She received MA from University of Art and Design, ELO Film School, Helsinki, Finland. Her resume as director and film editor includes several award-winning feature films, documentaries, tv-series and short films. Her works explore the femininity, and perception of females in our societies and the concept of truth in audiovisual communication. She has also organized on behalf of Women In Film and Television, Finland discussion seminars for Film Festivals. Punkki has worked in Film, television and art projects in Finland, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Germany, India, Nepal and USA.

Mihyun Lee began to work with Raisa Punkki in 2010. Mihyun appreciates the integration of dance and psychology. She has trained in dance since 1992 in South Korea. The root of her movement principles came from learning Korean traditional dance at Sunhwa Arts school. After she moved to the Bay Area in 2009, she began to explore contact improvisation and improvisational forms of dance. She discovered therapeutic aspects of improvisation, and this brought her to study Expressive Arts Therapy and Somatic Psychology under Counseling Psychology program at California Institute of Integral Studies. Mihyun's website:

Meegan Hertensteiner was trained in many various art forms including ballet, jazz, tap, theatre, musical theatre, and voice. In 2006, a year after receiving her BFA, Meegan was hired by Ballet New England in Portsmouth, NH as a company member, choreographer, and teacher. In fall of 2007 Meegan relocated to San Francisco, California. Upon her arrival Meegan started dancing with SoulForce Dance Company. In 2008 she co-founded Human Creature Dance Theatre with Derek Harris. While in SF, Meegan has been involved with many artists and projects, including Kelly Kemp and Cali & Co. Meegan has collaborated with Raisa Punkki since 2011. 

Fanni Miettinen’s first performance with punkkiCo was at choreographer Punkki’s Salve Regina in January 2016 at NOHspace. Her appearance at Salve was well received by the audience. Her presence was praised as mesmerizing, professional and engaging. Fanni is currently studying ballet at San Francisco Ballet School with full scholarship. She is also studying and has a brown belt in Taekwondo.

Maria Ros Palmklint works and lives in Stockholm, Sweden. She has a BA in theater technique from Dramatiska Institutet Stockholm. Over the years she has worked with several leading Scandinavian and European choreographers and theater directors and has done light design and toured extensively with Kenneth Kvarnström & Co. She has been a technical director in many Scandinavian dance companies’ tours that has been ranging from Europe to South Africa, Japan to USA. She is currently working as a head of lights at Klarascen and Lillascen Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm, Sweden.

Inspired by wanderlust, wild forests and the seduction of subwoofers, Aaron M. Gold creates visceral music that moves. Born in California and grown in the Czech Republic, he received his BFA in Jazz and Contemplative Studies at the University of Michigan. A composer, drummer and percussionist, Aaron writes music for contemporary dance companies and performs with Oakland bands Astronauts, etc., Perhapsy, and Madeline Kenney. Aaron is the resident composer for Kristin Damrow and Company and has been commissioned by Sonoma State University and choreographer Jennifer Meek, Twisted Oak Dance Theater, Fall Fast Dance, Human Creature Dance Theater and punkkiCo. 

Jarmo Kiuru has worked as a cinematographer and camera assistant for a decade. His work consist of fiction and documentary films, music videos and commercials. Jarmo Kiuru’s films have been awarded at prestigious Sundance and Berlinale Film Festivals. His multidisciplinary collaborations include video installations, dance works, trailers, performance documentations and video projections to contemporary music performances. Jarmo Kiuru has worked internationally in Sweden, Norway, Estonia and Lithuania.  


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