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Valtteri Raekallio (b. 1982)

Valtteri Raekallio is based in Helsinki and one of the most prominent Finnish choreographers of his generation.


He began his dancing career at the Finnish National Opera Ballet School in 1989 and graduated as a dancer in 2001. In 2000-2001, he was an exchange student at the Amsterdam School of the Arts' Modern Theatre Dance program. Additional studies at University of the Arts Helsinki in subjects including theatre management, directing as well as space and lighting design. Raekallio has also complemented his studies in New York, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Deltebre.

Valtteri Raekallio´s choreographic work explores the boundaries between multiple art forms. 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), Frigid (2017), A Performance (2016) and Rehearsal on Love (2015) and dance films of different approaches, most recently

Fram (2019) and Cold Storage (2016).


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. Raekallio was engaged with Helsinki Dance Company from 2006 to 2013 where he worked with choreographers such as Ina Christel Johannessen, Linda Kapetanea & Jozef Fruček, Anton Lachky, Kenneth Kvarnström, Andonis Foniadakis, Ikuyo Kuroda and Jyrki Karttunen. As a freelancer, he has danced among others in 14 works by Tommi Kitti since 2001. Raekallio is currently working as a dancer in Norway for Ina Christel Johannessen / Zero Visibility Corp. for the production Frozen Songs (2017-2020).


Raekallio is the founder of, Finland’s online magazine for dance. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine from 2004 to 2009. subsequently received the 2008 Finnish State Award for Dance Arts, Finland’s highest commendation in dance. From 2012 to 2014, Raekallio was the artistic co-director of Loikka dance film festival. Valtteri Raekallio is also an internationally recognized teacher in high demand at dance workshops and universities.


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.

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