Ko-kollektiivi is an artistic community,
based in Helsinki and founded by dance artists.
Ko-kollektiivi combines artistic reverie with academic
research and produces creative, utopian and
natural solutions. The group’s activities revolve
around collaboration with a passion
for group creativity.
is run by dance artists
Satu Tuomisto is a contemporary dance choreographer, graduated in London in 2000.
Her work has been presented in the UK, Colombia, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Holland, and in Finland at Stoa, Finnish National Ballet, Kiasma, Full Moon Dance Festival, Zodiak – Center for New Dance and Oulu City Theatre amongst others.
In 2011 – 2013 she was the Artistic Director at JoJo – Oulu Dance Center.
Her dance piece Vimmaa (Frenzy) won the First Prize at 638 Kilo Tanz
Festival in Germany in 2012. Satu Tuomisto received a five-year-Artist Grant from the Arts
Promotion Centre Finland in 2014. www.satutuomisto.com
Sanna Hento is a dancer, dance artist and dance teacher based in Espoo.
She has worked as a dancer in Burn the Floor world tour 1999-2000
(Europe, the United States and Australia ), Hämeenlinna City Theater,
Valkeakoski summer theater, TTT-Theater (Tampere) and
the Finnish National Opera. She has completed dance teacher
examinations off the Finnish Dance Teachers´ Association STOL ry and the International Dance Teacher Association. Hento is the co-author of
the book ”Tanssin taituriksi” and she is one of the founders of Tanssistudio TanssiBuumi.
Amandine Doat, a French artist, graduated in dance in the conservatory CNSMD of Lyon in 2011. She followed this with a bachelor in Dramaturgy at the university Lyon 2 and graduated from Lahti circus school in 2015.
She founded and directed Cirque des Puces company in 2013.
Satu Tuomisto & Sanna Hento.
Ko-kollektiivi is managed by Tanssitaiteen kannatusyhdistys ry.
Ko-kollektiivi is supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland with an operations grant and by the City of Helsinki with a grant forpermanent creative activities.
Ko-kollektiivi’s activities include premieres, tours, events, workshopsand development projects.
Our guiding values are
collaboration, creativity and
ecologically, economically, socially and culturally sustainable development
The name Ko-kollektiivi is both a reference to the Latin prefix “co”
as well as the Finnish suffix “ko”.
Etymologically, the prefix “co” means “with” and “together” and the prefix is used in Germanic languages nowadays.
The suffix “ko” alludes to a question in Finnish language.
Collaboration and challenging ideas
are a reflection of Ko-kollektiivi’s core activities.
Ko-kollektiivi’s mission is fostering sustainable and multifaceted collaboration, and group creativity in society through dance. The activities are developed together with the audience and participants as well as with artistic
and production partners.
Dance of my life
We worked on the project together with 60-75 year old senior dancers every week for half a year.
The group consisted of a total of 17 people, of which nine are women and eight are men.
As the population ages, the number of senior members wishing to dance has also grown.
During the project we wrote a guideline for dance teachers planning to work with senior citizens. The aimof the guideline is to provide the tools to interact with an aging but yet mobile person as a dancestudent and how age-related issues should be factored in when leading workshops for seniormembers, as well as how to create a safe and supportive environment for the sessions.
The project also included a dance film that we made with the senior group. The film premiered inthe spring of 2021.
Middle age is the time between youth and old age for humans. According to statistics, the average
Finn is 42.7 years old. The dance performance views middle-age as a multi-faceted, transitional
stage in a person’s life. The performance reflects the various life stages through midlife crisis,
societal aspects, finiteness of life, sexuality and dreams.
The team members working on the performance are all middle-aged artists who are united by the need and desire to examine this intriguing stage of life in a scientific and corporeal manner.
Kodinkonejamit (Home Appliance Jam) is a performance for 2-3 year olds, combining dance and
media arts. The performance aims to ignite the children’s desire to join doing the household chores
together. Interactive cardboard media installations that look like magical home appliances shape
the surrounding and encourage children to dance and use their imagination.
Dance artist Satu Tuomisto and media artist Aku Meriläinen lead the children into a world of play
and performance. The music is by Johanna Juhola.
Home Appliance Jam
Illustration: Liisa Kallio