Aura Antikainen is a Finnish freelance artist based in Kassel with a focus on movement and performance. Antikainen studied dance throughout her life. First in classical educations finding her way through there to contemporary and conceptual work. She finished successfully her professional contemporary dance studies in Kassel, Germany.

After graduating Antikainen has focused mainly on creations and developing her own research practice whilst working for other choreographers and artists as well. Her personal artistic development led her to the question of how the observation of a spectator, of any kind, of a performer, influences the performance as a whole. This research started in 2019 and has developed into the research of the kinetic narratives of unconscious body language.

Antikainen works as a performer, dancer, choreographer, and as outside support for other productions. She also guides and gives classes.

Her guiding frame into working is to create an equal, gentle, and dynamic atmosphere in order for the work to be fruitful. It is as well important for her to consider how the work can be sustainable both individually and environmentally.​





Sibelius Upper Secondary School


SOZO - vim professional dance education


As dancer and performer


Aura Antikainen, Could you stay for tea?, Kulturhaus dock4, deck1 (DE)

Laura Heinecke & Co., Fall into place - oder was wa(h)r ist,  Fabrik Potsdam + E-werk Freiburg (restaging)

Cie. still/motion, break. still. I     I opening doors
Kulturhaus dock4, Kassel (DE)

Rosalie Kubny, I am where you are, Tubestage Kassel (DE)

Aura Antikainen & Rosalie Kubny
discussion with spaces, obelisk, Treppenstr. Kassel (site-specific) (DE)

Aura Antikainen, Autio, Makasiinimuseo, Padasjoki, (FIN)

Laura Heinecke & Company, SCHWINGUNGEN - Tanz trifft Wissenschaft
For Research Period June Fabrik Potsdam Residency


Laura Heinecke & Company, Fall Into Place oder was wa(h)r ist, Fabrik Potsdam &
E-WERK Freiburg (DE)

Bettina Helmrich, Lost in Translation research project, Sneaky Leaks Tanz*werk Kassel (DE)

Aura Antikainen & Iria Arenas, How long do I have to wait?, Hugenottenhaus & Galeria Kollektiva (DE)

Maya M. Carroll, ALL NATURE, graduation piece SOZO, Kassel (DE)


Jianan Qu, Before Content, Kasseler Kunstverein

Johannes Wieland, ares,  Staatstheater, Kassel


SOZO vim Dance Company, Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Kassel (DE) and Linz (AU) 





Galeria Kollektiva - How long do I have to wait? 

Einkommen Schaffen! KulturNetz Kassel

Kulturamt Kassel - Could you stay for tea?

As dramaturgical support

DIS-TANZEN SOLO -  4 month research
" i have missed you" (working title) 


Velia Hahnemann & Bene Schub,  Da sind wir dran


Kulturamt Kassel -
project funding Quite Like You
together with Iria Arenas 


Workshops and dance classes
Profitraining: Kassel, Leipizig (2022)
Educational: SOZO - Visions in Motion 



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