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Aino Koski

Aino Koski

Scenographer, Helsinki, www

I am a freelance scenographer from Helsinki, Finland. I specialize in contemporary dance and site specific performances, but I also work with theatre, circus, concert visuals and contemporary art.

My stage aesthetics are often quite minimalistic, abstract and airy. A certain kind of minimalism is partly due to my background in dance: dance performances are all about rhythm and movement, everything else is secondary. I love the freedom of expression in contemporary dance. It’s wonderful how much space you can leave for imagination.

Site specific performances offer a unique experience to the audience. I have had the opportunity to build immersive, site specific shows with the choreographer Valtteri Raekallio in various locations, such as a huge bunker in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki, and in an abandoned hospital. A large scale inspires me, I like to think big.

Taking over the space is a fun challenge that I try to think about even when designing works on stage. Theatre spaces with all the big stage machinery offer different, equally inspiring possibilities. The greatest thing about working in a city theatre is the abundance of talented professionals. It is such a pleasure to form part of a team of various craftsmen, technicians and artists.

To counterbalance all the collaboration I have recently started to concentrate more on my own visual art, making murals, concert paintings and drawings combining text and image.

I think of scenography as a playful spatial composition, as a painting that you walk into. The best moment in the stage design process is when the lighting designer switches on the first light and the image comes alive.

Aino Koski has a Master of Arts degree from the Aalto University Department of Arts and Design (2012). Koski has participated in international dance workshops in Copenhagen and Istanbul, studied in Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin and visited Cité internationale des arts Paris as artist in residence several times. Aino Koski has designed plays for the City Theaters of Oulu, Pori, Seinäjoki and Rauma. She has also worked in Ahaa Theatre and Theatre Vantaa. Koski’s long term collaborators from the dance field are choreographers Valtteri Raekallio and Sonya Lindfors.

Sara Wacklinin Oulu palaa, Oulun teatteri

Sara Wacklinin Oulu palaa, Oulun teatteri

2019

Text and direction: Hanna Ojala
On stage: Oulu city theatre ensemble
Choreography: Petri Kauppinen
Stage design: Aino Koski
Costume design: Pasi Räbinä
Light design:Elina Romppainen
Sound design: Olli Paakkolanvaara

Photos: Maiju Pohjanheimo

Nimeni on Susanna, Seinäjoen kaupunginteatteri

Nimeni on Susanna, Seinäjoen kaupunginteatteri

2018

Text: Rikke Völck
Direction: Satu Linnapuomi
On stage: Liisu Aurasmaa, Maria Pere, Mari Pöytälaakso, Mia Vuorela
Stage design: Aino Koski
Sound design: Sami Lust
Light design: Sanna Alasaari
Costume design: Riikka Aurasmaa

Photos: Sanna Alasaari, Aino Koski

Noble savage

Noble savage

Pannuhalli, Kaapelitehdas.

Direction and concept: Sonya Lindfors
Performers: Ima Iduozee, Amira Khalifa, Sonya Lindfors, Deogracias Masomi, Julian Owusu, Esete Sutinen
Stage design: Aino Koski
Light design and music: Erno Aaltonen
Sound design and music: Jussi Matikainen
Costume design: Sanna Levo
Videos: Timo Wright, Laura Jantunen
Dramaturgical support: Maryan Abdulkarim

Photos: Sanna Käsmä and Aino Koski

Neuromaani

Neuromaani

2016 – Entinen Marian sairaala, Helsinki.

Artistic concept and direction: Valtteri Raekallio
Text: Jaakko Yli-Juonikas & Valtteri Raekallio
Performers: Auri Ahola, Karoliina Kauhanen, Teemu Kyytinen, Misa Lommi, Eero Vesterinen
Voice actor: Jarmo Koski
Set design: Aino Koski
Assisting set designers: Salli Kari, Tuuli Ahonen, Una Auri, Mimosa Kuusimäki, Virpi Nieminen and Bea Tornberg
Sound design: Aki Päivärinne
Technical design: Lauri Lundahl

Photos: Valtteri Raekallio

Edustaja

Edustaja

2014 – Jätkäsaaren bunkkeri, Helsinki

Artistic concept and direction: Valtteri Raekallio
On stage: Auri Ahola, Mirva Mäkinen, Eino Santanen and Valtteri Raekallio
Set design: Aino Koski
Technical design: Lauri Lundahl

Photos: Marko Mäkinen