15 March 2017
NEW CREATION FROM TERO SAARINEN & KIMMO POHJONEN
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 17 April, 2018 with five performances programmed by Danse Danse at 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
LA PHIL COMMISSIONS NEW CHOREOGRAPHY FROM TERO SAARINEN
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 as well as long-time collaborators, Bessie-award winning lighting designer Mikki Kunttu and costume designer Erika Turunen.
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.
1 February 2017
RITVA VÄÄNÄNEN APPOINTED AS TERO SAARINEN COMPANY’S HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT
Tero Saarinen Company has appointed Ritva Väänänen as the group’s Head of Development. Her responsibilities include the development of the company’s educational activities, fundraising and audience relations.
Väänänen has extensive experience in the fields of culture and media. Former Marketing and Communications Director of Live Nation Finland, she most recently worked in the field of contemporary art and design, with the collection of Rafaela & Kaj Forsblom.
Väänänen graduated from the Helsinki School of Business in 1979, and has done additional studies at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London and Aalto University in Helsinki.
“I have followed Tero Saarinen Company’s activities for years, and am very happy to join in the next steps that one of Finland’s most internationally successful dance groups will take”, Väänänen comments.
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5 December 2016
KADER ATTOU'S THE ROOTS TO HELSINKI
Tero Saarinen Company will present choreographer Kader Attou's hip hop creation The Roots at the Finnish National Theatre in May 2017. Internationally rising star, choreographer Kader Attou's work for eleven male dancers has captivated audiences and critics alike from New York to Paris.
With The Roots Attou, who is of Algerian descent and director of his own dance group Cie Accrorap in France, returns to the wellsprings of hip hop, while playfully questioning the identity of this ubiquitous dance style. Drawing on the inspirations of his youth – circus and boxing – and a blend of Western and Eastern dance traditions, Attou’s hip hop speaks about humanity, awareness and unawareness of otherness, and about encounters between people. About phenomena that bring people together all over the world.
The guest performances are produced by Tero Saarinen Company in collaboration with the Finnish National Theatre.
10 November 2016
NEW CREATION LOOPIT FOR TANSSITEATTERI MD'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY
Tero Saarinen will create a new work for Tanssiteatteri MD in Tampere, Finland. The work, Loopit, will take Tero Saarinen from the recent years' large creations on new, experimental routes. The participatory and intimate creation, performed for a limited audience, is Saarinen's gift in return to the group celebrating their 20th anniversary: known then as Tanssiteatteri Dansco, the company was the first to commission a full evening work (Hurmaa1) from the young choreographer in 1993.