I specialise in directing and writing, with a multidisciplinary background in performance, opera and contemporary music theatre, as well as change management, audiovisual media and digital service design.

I am particularly interested in new forms of storytelling that are being developed though novel, technologically augmented performances and artistic experiments.

I currently work as the Head of Arts and Culture at the Finnish Institute in London. You can find regular updates about my work at the Finnish institute here.

You can reach me by email:
jaakko(at)jaakkonousiainen.net.


Jaakko Nousiainen

  • London, autumn, 2017.

  • You Are Here In front of our artwork at Glyndebourne with composer Miika Hyytiäinen.

  • You Are Here Filming in front of Deutsche Oper Berlin

  • La Figure de la Terre Discussing a scene with Estelle Lefort

  • La Figure de la Terre Working on projection ideas

  • La Figure de la Terre Rehearsing with Mathias Monrad Møller

  • Omnivore On the set with Mika Hyytiäinen and Eetu Lipponen

  • Omnivore Preparing a scene with Kukka Sand and Essi Luttinen


  • NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

    My latest directing job is Heinz-Juhani Hofmann's chamber opera Maailmantappaja, which premiered in Helsinki in January 2018. Reviews in Finnish can be found on Helsingin Sanomat and Rondo websites. Watch the trailer here. Photo: Tani Simberg.

    In September 2014 I was invited to give a talk at the Music Tech Fest London at the LSO St Luke's with producer Katariina Nyberg and composer Miika Hyytiäinen. Music Tech Fest is a festival that brings together people and ideas by mixing performances, experiments, hacks, demos, talks and installations. In our presentation we talked about our approaches to new technologies and gave examples of how contemporary opera and experimental music theatre can be performed in the digital age. The talk is now made available online and you can see it here together with other MTF London presentations.

    I have just completed my Doctor of Arts degree. I defended my thesis Expanding opera into mobile media at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi in the end of January. The opponent was professor Mauri Kaipainen from Södertörn University in Sweden and the custos was professor Eija Timonen from the University of Lapland. The research focuses on lessons learned from the experimental mobile opera Omnivore (2012). In the study I examine what kind of ontological notions the mobile medium sensitizes in opera, what is particular about the artwork’s multidisciplinary creative process, and ultimately, what kind of thought trajectories the experience suggests for future creation of opera using mobile technologies. The thesis is available online and you can download it here.


    FEATURED PROJECTS

    Doubts
    Doubts

    Music theatre | Director

    La Figure de la Terre
    La Figure de la Terre

    Opera | Libretto, director

    Pierrot Lunaire And Its Shadow

    Music theatre | Director

    Omnivore

    Opera | Libretto, director