International Dance Day is celebrated on Friday 29.4.

Alpo Aaltokoski Company is celebrating International Dance Day this year with production, when the collaboration with visual artist Carina Ahlskog will be seen at Valssaamo, Cable Factory.


The performative artwork UPS and DOWNS is a collaboration between visual artist Carina Ahlskog (Nykarleby) and Alpo Aaltokoski Company (Helsinki). A collaboration where visual arts and dance enter into a dialogue with each other with a focus on incorporating dance into the concept of an exhibition.

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Confucius

How to rise up. Ahlskog has interpreted it in the following way: to be able to get up – you must have been down. One requires the other. Therefore, both directions are important. By falling, you get the opportunity to get up again. In this artwork five dancers are telling their unique story of how to rise up. Ahlskog has played with the idea of living sculptures. Artifacts consisting of dancers in relation to their podiums. Her focus is on the sculptural with a body in motion. A metamorphosis of slowly bodily movements that in a minimalistic way create different formations, like a living organism that changes form during its lifetime. By using the bodily movement of rising up and including dancers of different ages and genders, she highlights the individual movements and how they are interpreted through different stages in life.

The beauty of a body in motion.
The beauty of being human at all stages of life.
The beauty of rising up again and again and again.

Artistic director
Visual artist: Carina Ahlskog

Alpo Aaltokoski Company
Choreographer: Alpo Aaltokoski
Producer: Elina Aholainen
Dancers: Johanna Ikola, Tuovi Rantanen, Anna Palmio, Emilia Ahopelto, Minna Karttunen, Jere Jääskeläinen, Godwin Otieno Musuma, Elias Berglund, Maria Autio, Riina Huhtanen

Opening hours:
Thursday 28.4 Opening of the exhibition. Doors open 17:00. Program starting 18:00 – 20:00.

Friday 29.4 at 12:00-19:00
Saturday 30.4 at 12:00-19:00
Sunday 1.5 at 12:00-19:00
The dancers will be live on site in the exhibition every day at 13.00, 14.30, 16.00 and 17.30

Production is part of a group exhibition Sedan reste jag mig, at Valssaamo, Cable Factory, 28.4 – 1.5.2022.

Valssaamo, Cable Factory
Tallberginkatu 1
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