Vera Lapitskaya is a dance artist. Natalia Koshelenko is a musician. They started to collaborate in the year 2014. In the year 2015 in Helsinki they established an art group which aims to create performances of different forms and genres accessible to versatile target groups: from children to elderly. NotaBene also invites other artists for collaborative projects. In the past years the group worked together with dance artists Paolo Cingolani (IT) and Nadja Pärssinen (FI), actress Alisa Salonen (FI), writer Marjatta Hinkkala (FI), paintor Hiroko Imada (JP) – to name the few. The group actively peforms in Finland mainly in metropolitan area, but is also open for international touring.




photo: Patrick Beelaert

Vera Lapitskaya studied dance in North-Karelian college Outokumpu, Finland; University of Music and Performing arts Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Kannon Dance school St.Petersburg, Russia. Since 2009, she has been working as performer independently and in collaborations with other artists both in Finland and abroad. She has been making choreographies for a number of productions, including dance films and also writting scripts for theater. In her artistic work she is interested in composing dances and texts instantly in close relation with live music and objects. Her practice is to go beyond the surface of narrative meanings towards complexity and multiplicity of poetic metaphors.
More about Vera’s artistic work at www.movementinfocus.com


photo: Vera Lapitskaya

Natalia Kochelenko studied music in Art College of Murmansk, Russia. At the beginning of her career she had been playing violin in the Orchestra of Nothern Navy,  Severomorsk, performing mostly classical repertoire. After mooving to Finland in 1997 her professional interests went beyond classical music. She got interested in interdisciplinary art as well as in electronic music. Natalia has graduated from University of Applied Science in Helsinki from the program of cultural management and producing. She has been involved into many crossdisciplinary art projects as coordinator and producer. As musician she has been making sound design and composing music for number of theater and dance production.
Listen Natalia’s music at soundcloud.com