Riikka Laakso, Spain, Finland

Riikka Laakso is a freelance dancer, choreographer and scholar working between Helsinki and Barcelona. She received her PhD from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona in 2015, after completing her career in dance pedagogy in University of Applied Sciences of Savonia (Kuopio, Finland). She is fascinated by the uncanny places and moments formed through corporealities, and her main interests in dance are gender, embodying thought, poetry of flesh and non-linear structures.

Riikka lectures in dance at Institute of the Arts Barcelona (Sitges) for both MA and BA students, works for Zodiak – Center for New Dance (Helsinki) in the outreach department to open up the mystery of contemporary dance into wider audiences, and collaborates with an EU-funded research project in Artistic Research methodologies called Artistic Doctorates in Europe (ADiE).

Media by Riikka Laakso
Read Icon Four women in various states of action - two kneeling on the floor, one standing and swinging her hair, a fourht in a judo-type crouch on a long becnh. They're in bright, sporty outfits, and two green bean bags (or punch bags?) complete the scene

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End on a high: Dansa València 2023

Read Icon Daniela Cruz in Cristina Planas Leitão’s UM [unimal]. Photo © Susana Neves


PT19: On being, enduring and becoming the performing body

Read Icon Photo of Taneli Törmä in Sophie Bellin-Hansen’s bell-covered costume, for the second section of the triptych COVER


Taneli Törmä: COVER – A symphonic poem in three movements

Watch Icon Luke Baio and Dominik Grünbühe in Aarhus, Denmark, 2017



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The naked stage of Sanna Kekäläinen

Read Icon Mia Habib’s How to Die, Inopiné. Woman with cropped hair and outstretched arms is looking up in the foreground. She wears a grey unitard embroidered with lichen-like greys and oranges. In the background are four others, in similar costumes. Wooden pallets lie on the floor and there is smoke in the background.


CODA collection: four dances from Norway