Matilda Aaltonen is a Finnish performer and choreographer who is active in various working groups in the fields of dance and performing arts. In her work, the sensory and the aesthetic, the ethical and the political are combined seamlessly. Exploring bodily knowledge and a perception encompassing all species, she is fascinated by the potential in dance to re-discover and re-define the human body. At the moment, Aaltonen’s work revolves around studying relation between humans and other animals.
Aaltonen graduated from Uniarts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy in spring 2020, and holds a Master’s Degree in Arts (Dance). She is part of multidisciplinary collective Voiko?, which studies the challenges of conceptualizing animals in science and arts. She has worked in two research projects combining science and art: Speaking on behalf of the biospheric voiceless: the impact of language on the emotions and attitudes concerning non-human animals (2022–2023) and Can animals be expressed? The challenges of conceptualizing animals in sciences and arts (2020–2021), both led by philosopher Elisa Aaltola.
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