What keeps us together? Two performers on stage untie their blindfolds, come together and break away. This gripping duet will make you question the fragile boundary between seduction and exasperation, between love and abuse. As Valtteri Raekallio describes his work as ‘an amateur work’ in its latin origin ‘amare’, this universal tale of love will take your breath away.

Rehearsal on Love was chosen to take part in the Aerowaves Twenty18 touring network. The work has been performed both in Finland and abroad in theatres as well as various indoor and outdoor spaces (museums, open-air events, seminars).

Concept and choreography: Valtteri Raekallio
Performers: Mirva Mäkinen & Eero Vesterinen
Production: Raekallio Corp. / Pohjoinen liike ry
Residency support: K&C Kekäläinen & Company
Duration: 30 min
Audience recommendation: adults
On tour: 2 performers, 1 technician
Premiere: 3rd Oct 2015, Helsinki, Finland
Bookings & information: Nea Granlund, Pragma Helsinki

Future tours

Past tours
3rd Oct 2015, Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland
9th Dec 2017, EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland
9th Jun 2018, Sideways Festival, Helsinki, Finland
In 2018 Aerowaves Twenty18 list
24th May 2020, International Dance Day, Live Stream

Trailer of Rehearsal of Love
Photo: Valtteri Raekallio

Raekallio Corp. is an independent dance company based in Helsinki, Finland, presenting the work of choreographer/director Valtteri Raekallio. The company was awarded the Finland Prize in 2019. 

Valtteri Raekallio has performed in over 70 productions in 40 countries, and has appeared in contemporary dance performances, opera and theatre productions and films. He is also an internationally recognized teacher in high demand at dance workshops and universities. He received the award for City of Helsinki Artist of the Year 2019.

The company Raekallio Corp. produces Valtteri Raekallio’s immersive site-specific works, as well as stage productions designed for international touring and dance film projects. In 2018, his work was seen at Aerowaves Twenty18 and the Ice Hot dance platform in Reykjavik. Raekallio’s recent touring works include Recollections (2019), Oneiron (2018), A Performance (2016) and Rehearsal on Love (2015).