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The Why Mix

Why do they call it waving when someone is shaking a hand in the air? Why does it feel like I have bubbles in my tummy when I am happy? Why do I sometimes want to dance and then all of a sudden not?

Dance Theatre Auraco’s new dance piece The Why Mix takes all the kids and like-minded adults to a playful and exhilarating exploration where you have permission to wonder about different phenomena of movement.

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The word “why” is key to understanding and knowledge. “Mix” is a mixture. The Why Mix throws questions in the air about the meanings and interpretations of bodily movement. The Why Mix is a geometric, thrilling, colourful and partly serious mixture of contemporary dance, mime and music. The piece ponders on children’s reduced bodily expression and movement constructions in the time of smartphones and emojis. The Why Mix’s visuality draws its inspiration from the Bauhaus style – but why?

Promo picture

Director: Päivi Aura
Dancers: Kati Lehtola, Veera Lamberg
Saxophone & clarinet: Heli Hartikainen
Music and sound design: Heli Hartikainen
Costumes: Piritta Kämi-Conway
Light design: Nicolas Salo
Press image: Keanne van de Kreeke, Laura Karlin
Production: Auraco together with Pragma Helsinki and Annantalo Arts Centre
Duration: 45 min
Age recommendation: 4+ years
Premiere: 1 Dec 2020 Annantalo Arts Centre, Helsinki, Finland


  • Tue 1 Dec at 18:00 Annantalo Arts Centre, Annankatu 30, Helsinki, Finland (premiere)
  • Wed 2 Dec at 09:00 Annantalo Arts Centre (only for Annantalo groups)
  • Wed 2 Dec at 10:15 Annantalo Arts Centre (only for Annantalo groups)
  • Fri 4 Dec at 18:00 Annantalo Arts Centre
  • Sat 5 Dec at 12:00 Annantalo Arts Centre
  • Sat 5 Dec at 14:00 Annantalo Arts Centre

The Why Mix performances have been cancelled due to increased Covid-19 restrictions. We follow the orders of administrative agencies, and will announce new dates as soon as possible. We kindly ask those who have already purchased tickets to contact Ticketmaster.

The Why Mix is a part of the Mapping – a Map on the Aesthetics of Performing Arts for Early Years project of the EU’s Creative Europe programme.