Veli Lehtovaara, choreographer and dancer, is based in Brussels. He works regularly in Helsinki and lives part of the year at Villa Kaunisto by the Lake Päijänne in Central Finland.
Currently Veli is creating a new work Conversations – Peltotiekeskustelu together with dancers Liza Penkova, Mikko Hyvönen and Kevin Fay, visual artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila, costume designer Heide Vanderieck, light designer Luc Schaltin, sound artist Jani Hietanen and producer Riikka Thitz.
Parallel to the creation he is conducting Natural Resources -research project.
Lehtovaara is associated artist at Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek (Brussles) and one of the Focus Artists in the project [DNA] Departures and Arrivals, supported by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission. From 2015 to 2017 he danced with Rosas / Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. For the years 2011-2013 he was the house choreographer at Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Helsinki.
In 2015 Veli created a series of solo performances, Clandestine sites: Displaced, in negotiation with the text of Roland Barthes: A Lover's Discourse – Fragments (1977) and a novel by Virginia Woolf: Orlando (1927). For Festival d'Avignon he created a duet together with Eleanor Bauer: a v i g n o n s e n s e.
For Veli, art is a way of being in the world – a journey of comprehending otherness and being comprehended by it.