Photo: Joerg Letz
Valtteri Raekallio (b. 1982)
Valtteri Raekallio is based in Helsinki and one of the most prominent Finnish choreographers of his generation.
His choreographic work explores the boundaries between multiple art forms. He creates bold performances that combine complex narratives and themes with strong visual imagery and well crafted movement. He is also an internationally recognized teacher in high demand at dance workshops and universities.
His recent productions reach from immersive site-specific works such as Audience (2018), Neuromaani (2016), Short Stories from Forgotten Rooms (2015), The Representative (2014), Where Does the Light Go? (2013) to stage work Recollections (2019), Oneiron (2018), A Performance (2016) and Rehearsal on Love (2015) and film projects of different approaches, most recently Fram (2019) and Cold Storage (2016).
As a dancer Valtteri Raekallio has worked with major international and Finnish choreographers in over 70 productions in 40 countries. He has appeared in contemporary dance performances, opera and theatre productions and films. He is currently working as a dancer in Norway for Ina Christel Johannessen / Zero Visibility Corp. for the production Frozen Songs (2017-2020).
In 2019 he received the City of Helsinki Artist of the Year award. In 2018 he was an Aerowaves Twenty 18 artist and the performance Oneiron was selected for the Ice Hot Nordic Dance Platform in Reykjavik. In 2017 Raekallio was awarded a five-year Finnish State Grant for Artists and the Uusimaa Cultural Prize.
Photo: Miika Storm