Alpo Aaltokoski Company

“At the heart of my choreographic thinking is the human existence, the human body and the movement it produces. The movement itself is enough as a starting point for making the piece. ”

– Alpo Aaltokoski

Alpo Aaltokoski’s language of movement is unique, which he has developed for more than 30 years. At the heart of his art is human, the human body, and the movement it produces. The choreographer’s goal is to understand a human, humans relationship to another human and the world around them. Aaltokoski’s works touch with their humanity and bring out a current perspective on the world. Choreographies appeal to audiences across cultural boundaries and raises private experience to the level of shared experience.

Aaltokoski’s works are characterized by holistic visual thinking. Choreographies usually offer dancers a lot to dance. With strong movement and interesting and important themes, the works also touch viewers for whom dance art is not already a familiar form of art. The key emotions in the works are empathy and humanity.

Navigatio - Stefan Bremer
Kuva: Stefan Bremer

Aaltokoski’s choreographies have been praised for the brightness of the idea

Although there is a lot of different movement material, it is not confusing but stays well within its own choreographic framework. This tells the choreographers idea is so bright that there is enough space to move inside it. Aaltokoski can move a larger group of dancers. What is special is that Aaltokoski dares to use queues and lines, forms that provide the viewer with a place of respite for a moment, where the mind can breathe and the sometimes painful process of understanding can rest for a moment. (Liisa Vihman, 31.08.2015)

Pyörteitä - Marko Mäkinen
Image: Marko Mäkinen

Alpo Aaltokoski Company is undoubtedly one of the cornerstones 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, Aaltokoski has created more than 65 choreographies and the Company’s works have been performed in nearly 30 countries on five continents: Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America and Africa.

Alpo Aaltokoski Company strives to promote the development of Finnish dance art by actively working to improve the status and accessibility of it. Company’s actions are based on strong principles of justice and community. Company aims to make high quality dance art and create a culture where dance and art itself is a value.



“In a commercialized world, art may still be the only island that is able to reflect the past, the present, and the future, free from the demands of accomplishment.”

– Alpo Aaltokoski