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Anu Laiho (she/they) is a Finnish dance artist and dance teacher, currently based in Oslo, Norway. She holds a BA in Dance Pedagogy from Turku University of Applied Sciences (2015-2019) and MA in Dance from Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2019-2021).

As a dance artist Laiho is interested in finding different formats for channeling the experienced. She explores the sensations of the body in relation and in communication with the surrounding world, intertwining movement and text landscapes together.

Laiho premiered her first larger piece and Master's Project RESPACE in March 2021, diving into the realm of real, imagined and virtual spaces. Since 2022, she has been researching the self under the gaze of the other, queerness and the oversexualitation of the feminine figure in her project RED, with three work-in-progress solos underneath my skin there is red (2022), Selfportrait Pornography (2023) and .I.I.I. (2024) performed at Mind the Gap Oslo, Dansens Hus, PAF Summer University and ImPulsTanz.

Laiho has worked as a dance teacher since 2013, teaching ballet, jazz, contemporary dance and children's dance to students of all ages. As a teacher, she wants to meet her students as individuals, bringing out their own creativity and potential. She currently teaches jazz and pre-point at Jessheim Danseskole.

Her TASK-WRITE-REVISE method has been offered as a workshop for professional dancers in collaboration with PRAXIS Oslo and PRAXIS Trondheim. The workshop is available to be organised on request.

Anu Laiho has received the Grant for Newly Graduated Artists in 2021 and the Preproject Funding in 2022 from The Norwegian Arts Council, Travel Grant in 2023 and the Further Education Grant in 2024 from FFUK - Performing Artist's Fund and Culture Moves Europe Individual Mobility Grant in 2024 from the European Union and Goethe Institut.

PHOTO_ Jenni Laaksonen
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