The primary aim of Tero Saarinen Company, founded by dancer-choreographer Tero Saarinen in 1996, is to create, perform and teach powerful and engaging contemporary dance at the highest levels of artistic excellence in Helsinki, Finland and internationally, based on Tero Saarinen’s artistic vision.
A pioneer of contemporary dance in Finland and the flagship company of Finnish dance abroad, Tero Saarinen Company has performed in 40 countries on all continents. The Company’s works are often created as international co-productions, and its repertoire includes many of Saarinen’s best-known choreographies.
Tero Saarinen’s new magnum opus Third Practice explores radical shifts in values and perspectives. Claudio Monteverdi’s revolutionary, breathtakingly beautiful madrigals are incarnated by twelve dancers and musicians, plus tenor Topi Lehtipuu and virtual soprano Núria Rial. TSC and Helsinki Baroque Orchestra join forces to create a gripping contemporary fusion of dance, live music, opera and design.
“I am interested in the way that, right now, we are having to recalibrate our existence and to rethink our humanity: our relationship to the world, to its changes and its history. At turning points there is always a chance of finding but sadly also of forgetting something. What inspires and touches me is the character of Monteverdi’s music, which was revolutionary in its time and which demands skill, while also being free-flowing and intimate. Amid the tumult of the world the Renaissance values that resonate in the Madrigals seem to be perpetually relevant as a way of anchoring ourselves. On the other hand, just as the composer once did with his newly created Seconda prattica, I too seek a new kind of expression – a third practice – in my choreography.”
– Tero Saarinen
“Although the music in the work is characteristic of a certain epoch, the world that opens out on the stage will be totally abstract. From Helsinki Baroque Orchestra’s perspective what particularly expands our horizons is the combination of sound amplification, virtual soloist and movement with the work of live musicians. Relating the partly improvisatory character of the madrigals to the stage arrangements and to the collaboration between the dancers is also an interesting challenge.”
– Aapo Häkkinen
TSC has performed at the world’s major venues and events including Maison de la danse in Lyon, Théatre National de Chaillot and Théâtre du Châtelet (France); the Movimentos festival and Tanz im August (Germany); Biennale di Venezia (Italy); Southbank Centre’s QEH and RFH (UK); The Joyce Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jacob’s Pillow Festival and New York City Center (USA); Chekhov International Theatre Festival and Alexandrinsky Theatre (Russia); The Iberoamerican Theatre Festival of Bogotá (Colombia); Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires (Argentina); SIDance (South Korea); Perth International Festival (Australia); International Arts Festival (New Zealand); Saitama Arts Theater (Japan), and many others.
The Company’s core activities also include running an international teaching programme and collaborating with other prominent dance companies. The Company is in permanent residence at Helsinki’s Alexander Theatre – the former home of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, where Saarinen started his own career in the 1980’s.
Duration approx. 70 min. (no intermission)
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Jorma Uotinen, Artistic Director of Kuopio Dance Festival, will say goodbye at au revoir gala.
Kuopio Dance festival celebrates 50th anniversary. Two galas will be held at the Kuopio Music Centre.
Excerpts from the school's spring performance named program includes classical ballet and contemporary dance
Dance Camp for Boys has been part of the course program over thirty years.
Stage jury will choose the on stage-performers and festival audience will see the programs during the week.