Dear dance friends and festival guests

The pieces selected for the Full Moon Dance festival of 2022 emphasize the message of basic human needs, the facts that make life meaningful and valuable, worth fighting for. The connection between humans, and love. Human rights. Not forgetting the sore spots of being human.


International performers are returning to the Full Moon Dance festival to perform alongside Finnish ensembles. Interaction between cultures is more important than ever. Artists don’t close their eyes from current reality. Art is performed in aid of humanity and peace. Art invites people to get together, to experience and to share.


The main program of the festival consists of fifteen performances, eight from Finnish artist and seven from international ensembles. Our courses concentrating on contemporary dance technique as well as physical and psychological wellbeing will be held by our international performers and national stars.

We have invited young dance students to perform at the festival and researchers of dance to talk about the significance of dancing and experiencing dance. At the end of the day the performers at the festival club will get everyone into the swing.


This is the last year of Alpo Aaltokoski’s five-year long term as artistic director. As a send-of we will see his choreographie commenting on the theme of letting go and loosing, Uoma. Vie these performances he will be leaving a fond – but thankfully not final – farewell to the festival.


Welcome to Pyhäjärvi to be caught up in the whirl of dance!


Alpo Aaltokoski, Artistic Director
Taina Ala-Ketola, Executive Director