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Hooray! We are celebrating our 10-year anniversary in 2023! The celebrations will be themed around the future of arts.

Artistic Collaboration Project (ACO)

The collaborative and multidisciplinary course between Theatre Academy and Aalto University has been organised every other year since 1994.

Dancers performing
Sanni Siira
Watch Sanni Prihas and Jaakko Ruuskos documentary The Collaboration.


ACO project is a biennial organized course. The students will primarily work within the current framework of contemporary choreography and performance, in multidisciplinary work groups and degree programmes, as well as within the framework offered by the Theatre Academy and Aalto University. The participating artistic fields have been choreography, dance, lighting and sound design, scenography, and costume design.

During a short orientation course prior to ACO students will become acquainted with one another’s artistic interests and references as a foundation for forming work groups and promoting the artistic process. Students also learn about theories of group dynamics, and artistic collaboration to help them navigate the process. 

The process leads to performances, that are presented for audiences on the same evening, as a form of a mini-festival, in the facilities of the Theatre Academy.

Participating study programmes

MA in Choreography
BA in Dance
MA in Lighting design
MA in Sound design
MA in Costume design
MA in Scenography

Photos from past ACO performances

Black box space filled with objects, shared with audience and performers.
Sanna Kaesmae ACO 2018: This untitled prehension, choreography by Pietari Kärki & the working group
Iiris Laakso sitting on the performance space's floor, dressed up with a blue beanie and a white facial veil with eyes, nose and mouth drawn to it.
Sanna Kaesmae ACO 2018: large / vulnerable, choreography by Marika Peura, in the photo Iiris Laakso
A performer on a yellow stage.
Sanna Kaesmae ACO 2018: aavikko / desert, choreography by Karoliina Loimaala, in the photo Saila Pönkä

Contact information for the project

Project name

Artistic Collaboration Project (ACO)




Uniarts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy & Aalto University