The primary aim of Tero Saarinen Company, founded by dancer-choreographer Tero Saarinen in 1996, is to promote a humane worldview and basic human values through the language of dance, while also increasing people’s understanding of their own physicality and its significance for a good life. Its operating principles - Awake, Aware, Alert, Alive - apply not only to artistic work, but all of the organisation’s activities.
Choreographer Saarinen’s works have captivated audiences and critics in nearly 40 countries, including at BAM and The Joyce (New York), Chaillot and Châtelet (Paris), Southbank Centre (London), Movimentos Festival (Germany), New Zealand International Arts Festival, and SIDance (South Korea), and in commissions for e.g. Nederlands Dans Theater 1, Batsheva Dance Company and Lyon Opéra Ballet.
Tero Saarinen’s rich choreographic style is characterized by multidimensional artistry - expressive dancers, live music, and striking visuals. His distinctive movement language has been described as “organic”, an ”inventive mixture of grotesqueness and beauty” and “like butoh with wings”.
The company’s international teaching programme is based on Saarinen’s movement technique that focuses on awakening the senses and being 360 degrees aware. Master classes and workshops for professionals and dance students are at the core, but the company also works with other target groups and does community outreach projects.
Tero Saarinen Company employs a network of up to 80 professionals each year, eight of who have full-time posts. The group is the resident company of the Alexander Theatre in Helsinki. Its operations are supported by Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture and The City of Helsinki.
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