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9 August 2017


This season, Tero Saarinen Company will perform at many of the world's most prestigious venues in London, New York, Paris, Los Angeles and Montreal.

The autumn season opens with a performance of Morphed at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall in London on 10 August. The work's four week tour of North America in October is the Company's longest to date.

The group is also preparing two world premieres. A commissioned creation for the Los Angeles Philharmonic to Bernd Alois Zimmermann's cello concerto premieres at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles on 19 January. Tero Saarinen and accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen's duet Breath will have a premiere season in Quebec City and Montreal, Canada, on 12–21 April.

7 June 2017


This spring, Morphed was seen in Croatia and Serbia. Next the creation opens St. Petersburg's Open Look International Dance Festival on 30 June. on 4 August, it will be performed at Civitanova Danza in Italy and on 10 August at Royal Festival Hall in London. In October, the work heads on a North American tour with performances at The Joyce in New York (18–22 Oct), '62 Center for Theatre & Dance in Williamstown (13 Oct), the National Arts Centre in Ottawa (4–5 Oct) and Dance House in Vancouver (27–28 Oct).

The 2018 spring season will be opened with a return to Paris and Théâtre National de Chaillot on 18–20 Jan. The last time we performed to sold out audiences on the national main stage of dance in France was in 2014 with a season of Borrowed Light.

See full list of confirmed dates on our event calendar

2 June 2017

Become Tero Saarinen Company's Member, Friend or Supporter AND VISIT LONDON

The Company's Members, Friends and Supporters will be the first to receive information about upcoming performances and new creations. They also have the ability to purchase tickets and reserve places in workshops before the general public. Members, Friends and Supporters are also offered unique events and opportunities in Finland and around the world.

Tero Saarinen Company's supporting Members, Friends and Supporters have the opportunity to spend time with the Company in London on 10–11 August, and see Morphed at the Southbank Centre's amazing Royal Festival Hall. The participants get the chance to take a peek into the touring life and visit some of the group's favourite places in the city. Read more about the trip to London here

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15 March 2017


Choreographer-dancer Tero Saarinen and composer-accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen join forces in a new creation titled Breath. The creation will receive its world premiere on 12 April, 2018 with five performances programmed by Danse Danse at Grand Théâtre de Québec and Place des Arts in Montréal, Canada.

As these two internationally acclaimed artists take measure on each other on stage, live music, dance and visuals intertwine to create wild forms and mythical images – infused with Beckett-inspired existentialism and absurd humour. Bessie-award winning Mikki Kunttu is behind the lighting and set design, and the costumes are by fashion designer Teemu Muurimäki. The creative team also includes sound designer Tuomas Norvio and Rehearsing Director Henrikki Heikkilä

Read more about the creation on Danse Danse's website

1 March 2017


The Los Angeles Philharmonic has commissioned a creation from Finnish choreographer Tero Saarinen. Saarinen's take on Bernd Zimmermann's Cello Concerto en forme de pas de trois (1966) will premiere at the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall on January 19, 2018. The dance infused rendition will also mark the US premiere of Zimmermann's composition. Principal Guest Conductor of the LA Phil, Susanna Mälkki, will direct the orchestra in the three scheduled performances.

Tero Saarinen's first collaboration with the LA Phil will fill their 2265-seat concert hall with dance, live music and all-encompassing visuals. Saarinen's creative team includes Tero Saarinen Company dancers Auri Ahola, Misa Lommi and David Scarantino as well as long-time collaborators, Bessie-award winning lighting designer Mikki Kunttu,costume designer Erika Turunen and Choreographer's Assistant Sini Länsivuori. LA Phil is conducted by Susanna Mälkki. The soloist of the cello concerto is Robert deMaine.


Tero Saarinen is known for his insightful fusions of classical music and contemporary dance. His most renowned creations include reimaginings of Stravinsky’s classics: Petrushka (2001), HUNT (The Rite of Spring, 2002) and Mariage (Les Noces, 2007). Saarinen's recent works have also received high praise from audiences and critics alike: Morphed (2014), set to the music of Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Kullervo (2015), Tero Saarinen Company's collaboration with the Finnish National Opera and Ballet featuring music by Jean Sibelius.

Tero Saarinen Company was founded by Finnish choreographer-dancer Tero Saarinen in 1996. It has toured in 40 countries, at prestigious venues such as BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York and Chaillot in Paris.

This year the Company is to appear at venues including the Royal Festival Hall | Southbank Centre in London. Highlights also include performances of Saarinen's works at The Korean National Theater in Seoul and at The Finnish National Opera.



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