Alpo Aaltokoski Company

“At the core of my choreographic thinking is human existence, the human body and the movement it produces. For me, movement itself is enough of a starting point for making a choreography. This idea is based on my holistic understanding of the totality of human beings, where the body also “thinks”. The human body has a record of its own life history, and the entire evolution of our species is stored in our body on a cellular and genetic level.

– Alpo Aaltokoski

Alpo Aaltokoski Company is one of the pillars of Finnish contemporary dance. Company was founded in 1995 to perform contemporary dance works under the direction of choreographer-dance artist Alpo Aaltokoski.

During his career, Alpo Aaltokoski has created more than 65 choreographies which have been performed in more than 30 countries across five continents.

Alpo Aaltokoski Company’s works are characterized by choreographic skill and a seamless dialogue with light, sound and costume design which, along with the choreographer’s strong movement, open the performances up to a wider audience.

Navigatio - Stefan Bremer
Photo: Stefan Bremer

In praise of clarity of thought

Liisa Vihmanen about Alpo Aaltokoski’s choreography Okon Fuoko
Published in 31.08.2015

“Even though there are a lot of different kinds of movement material, the work avoids becoming confusing by staying well within its own choreographic framework. This shows that the creator’s idea is so clear that enough space has opened up to allow movement within its bounds. Aaltokoski knows how to move even larger groups of dancers. What is special is that Aaltokoski dares to use lines and rows, shapes that offer the spectator a moment of quietude where the mind can breathe and the sometimes painful process of understanding can be put on hold for a while.”

Okon Fuoko - Ninna Lindström
Photo: Ninna Lindström

Alpo Aaltokoski Company strives to promote the development of Finnish dance art by actively working to improve its status and accessibility. Its actions are based on strong principles of justice and community, and it aims to make high quality dance art and create a culture in which art has intrinsic value.


“In a commercialized world, art is the last refuge where one can reflect the past, present and future, free from the demands of productivity.”

– Alpo Aaltokoski