DANZANKÓ - DisTouched 2023

The stilt dance collective DANZANKÓ was founded in 2020 by three performers and dancers: Esther Geyer, Clara Gracia and me.

DisTouched is the debut of our collective, produced in spring/summer 2022. The piece advances our previously funded research exploring a method of dancing on stilts and its relation to personal space and distance (Gefördert durch die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Programm NEUSTART KULTUR, Hilfsprogramm DIS-TANZEN des Dachverband Tanz Deutschland, 2021)

DisTouched is a touching and multi-faceted stilt dance performance in public space that talks about the ups and downs of life with lightness and poetry. DisTouched is about friendship and loneliness and the search for our place in society. Exploring touch, closeness and distance, the three dancers move playfully and gracefully on their stilts across the 360° stage, while taking the audience on an emotional journey.

Concept, choreography & performance: Esther Geyer, Clara Gracia, Anna Vilhelmiina Peltola
Music: Julian Blanco
Costumes: Anna Vilhelmiina Peltola
Camera & edit: Susu Rachidi
External eye: Jefferson Perreira da Silva

Performance dates

12 – 14 April 2024 | The City of Wings Ypres – international promotion festival

3 September 2023 | Die längste Kaffeetafel der Gropiusstadt

11 August 2023 | MICRO!FESTIVAL Dortmund

4 – 6 August 2023 | Kulturufer Friedrichshafen

2 August 2023 | Sommerwerft Frankfurt a.M.

9 July 2023 | Das internationale Straßentheaterfest Hoyerswerda

26 – 27 May 2023 | Karneval der Kulturen – Rasen in Aktion


STAGE is a long-time passion project of video artist Susu Rachidi – Cut That OuT – and me, which merges the aesthetic of dance and captivating cinematography with the interplay of driving music and the hypnotic power of match cuts. This collaborative project was created in Berlin in 2019.

Filmed, directed & edited by Susu Rachidi
Choreographed & danced by Anna Peltola

| Official Selection of Moving Body Festival 2019 | Official Selection of Dare to Dance in Public Festival 2019 | Lift-Off Global Network First-Time Filmmaker Sessions 2019 |

Behind the Scenes of STAGE


This fantastic collaboration with the Finnish darkwave band Rain Diary started in 2012 in Berlin, continued a year after in my hometown Tampere, Finland and was finally released in 2016. The music video is directed, filmed and edited by Juha Lankinen. I was in charge of the choreography.

Music & Lyrics: Rain Diary
Dance & Choreography: Anna Peltola
Directing, Camera & Editing: Juha Lankinen
2nd Camera (Berlin shots): Zabek Ismael
Color grading: Eppu Nousiainen
Script: Juha Lankinen & Rain Diary

Play Video

Here’s the teaser for Rain Diary’s single No Harbour For Hope with extended dance scenes.


I was honoured to share the dance floor with the amazing Israeli dancer Amit Goldenberg for this fun music video shoot for Youloosie’s ‘Devil’ single in 2014 in Berlin. The music video is directed & produced by Eric Dunlap, filmed by David Gaehtgens and the shooting took place at the legendary techno club Salon zur wilden Renate.


See the Sounds is my choreography, which was part of the NITZOTZOT – Young choreographers showcase in Kibbutz Ga’aton, Israel 2014. This evening full of creativity and sparkles was one of the highlights of the International Dance Journey Program by Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company.

Choreography: Anna Peltola
Dancers: Anna-Maria Ertl, Charlotte Kaup, Monika Keller, Anouk Lehner & Magda Skowron 
Music: Barbatuques – Andando pela Africa