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Dance Theatre

Dance Theatre Auraco was founded in 2006 and is run by non-profit association Kuukulkurit ry. The touring company is based in Helsinki, Finland. Since 2010 Auraco is one of the most internationally touring Finnish dance companies, with 14 countries so far in Europe and Asia.

Auraco’s performances trust the performers’ presence and the vulnerability of the movement itself. With minimalistic or no décor, the performers fill the empty stage, creating a responsive atmosphere. The relationship with the audience is open and sensitive. The performances break boundaries between the performers and the audience. Audience development is a key element of Auraco’s work.

Auraco is or has been a partner in several European Union co-funded projects: Small Size, Performing Arts for Early Years 2014–2018, Growing Up in Europe 2014–2016 and Parenthood, Education, Culture, Art 2010–2012. In the Small Size, big citizens project in 2010–2014 Auraco was a local co-partner.

Auraco has a wide range of educational programme and collaborates, for instance with City Contemporary Dance Company (HK), Guangdong Dance Festival (CHN), Step Out (Macau), SIDance Festival (KOR), Helsinki City Culture Office (FI), Espoo City Culture Office (FI), and with several kindergartens and schools both in Finland and abroad. Auraco’s artists have had residencies in France, Spain and Hong Kong.

Auraco is supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Ministry of Culture and Education, European Union Commission, City of Helsinki and private foundations. Auraco is a member of the Finnish Assitej Centre.

Artists

Guests

2016

  • Jouni Bäckström, performer
  • Sami Kurppa, musician
  • Keijo Vainio, light designer
  • Lieve Hermans, dancer
  • Philippe-Marcel Iung, musician
  • Takako Matsuda, dancer
  • Oskari Turpeinen, dancer
  • Niina Ilola, producer
  • Veera Lamberg, producer

2015

  • Jouni Bäckström, performer
  • Sami Kurppa, musician
  • Keijo Vainio, light designer
  • Piritta Kämi-Conway, costume designer
  • Minni Ilmonen, musician
  • Tuire Colliander, dance pedagogue
  • Lieve Hermans, dancer
  • Philippe-Marcel Iung, musician
  • Rodrigo Granda, theatre technician
  • Antti Hakkarainen, musician
  • Annika Sarvela, dancer
  • Sanna Kuusisto, dancer
  • Jaana Kalliomäki-Adan, assistant of international affairs

2014

  • Takako Matsuda, dancer
  • Philippe-Marcel Iung, musician
  • Minni Ilmonen, musician
  • Keijo Vainio, light designer, theatre technician
  • Venla Martikainen, costume designer
  • Jaana Kalliomäki-Adan, assistant of international affairs

2013

  • Mirva Mäkinen, dancer
  • Janne Simojoki, dancer
  • Otto Akkanen, dancer
  • Linda Priha, dancer
  • Annika Sarvela, dancer
  • Raisa Vennamo, dancer
  • Anna Jussilainen, dancer
  • Lieve Hermans, dancer
  • Antti Hakkarainen, musician
  • Minni Ilmonen, musician
  • Philippe-Marcel Iung, musician
  • Kimmo Räntilä, playback theatre director
  • Keijo Vainio, light designer, theatre technician
  • Tuomo Härkönen, cameraman

2012

  • Takako Matsuda, dancer
  • Lieve Hermans, dancer
  • Minni Ilmonen, musician
  • Philippe-Marcel Iung, musician
  • Keijo Vainio, light designer, theatre technician
  • Rodrigo Granda, theatre technician
  • Piritta Kämi-Conway, costumier

2011

  • Takako Matsuda, dancer
  • Philippe-Marcel Iung, musician
  • Lieve Hermans, dancer
  • Annika Sarvela, dancer
  • Topi Petänen, theatre technician
  • Minni Ilmonen, musician

2010

  • Takako Matsuda, dancer
  • Philippe-Marcel Iung, musician
  • Lieve Hermans, dancer
  • Raisa Vennamo, dancer
  • Annika Sarvela, dancer
  • Leena Gustavson, dancer
  • Jukka Gustavson, musician
  • Topi Petänen, theatre technician
  • Jarmo Hovi, musician

2009

  • Takako Matsuda, dancer
  • Philippe-Marcel Iung, musician
  • Lieve Hermans, dancer
  • Topi Petänen, theatre technician
  • Jarmo Hovi, musician

2008

  • Takako Matsuda, dancer
  • Topi Petänen, theatre technician
  • Piritta Kämi-Conway, costumier
  • Minni Ilmonen, musician
  • Raisa Vennamo, dancer

2007

  • Takako Matsuda, dancer
  • Anna Pöllänen, light designer
  • Pekka Nylund, musician
  • Eero Vuorinen, musician
  • Topi Petänen, theatre technician
  • Piritta Kämi-Conway, costumier
  • Minni Ilmonen, musician
  • Raisa Vennamo, dancer