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7 November 2016

AUDIENCE MOVEMENT CLASS A SUCCESS

As a part of the 20th anniversary season, a Tero Saarinen movement class was held for audience members. The class was aimed for non-professionals, and no background in dance was required.

Held by Head of Artistic Development and Education Sini Länsivuori, the class received very positive feedback and plans for a continuation of such activities in the near future are in place.

Read more about our educational activities and workshop dates here.

21 September 2016

MITSUTAKE KASAI'S BUTOH WORKSHOP IN HELSINKI

A soloist in Tero Saarinen Company's 20th anniversary evening performance MESH, Butoh dancer Mitsutake Kasai (Japan) will hold a Butoh workshop in Helsinki for professional dancers and students with a professional aim.

In the two-day workshop, Kasai will share the three most important themes to Butoh according to him: connections between image and body, the inside and outside of body, and choreography and improvisation. 

The will be held at Taiteen Talo on 8 Oct at 15–18 and 9 Oct at 12–15. More information and registration here

9 June 2016

NEW ANNIVERSARY DOUBLE BILL RECEIVES ITS EUROPEAN PREMIERE AT KUOPIO DANCE FESTIVAL ON 15 JUNE

Tero Saarinen Company celebrates its 20th anniversary with a new double bill. Could you take some of my weight...?, an early work by Tero Saarinen, will re-premiere in 2016. A completely new addition to the Company's own repertoire is MESH, a Saarinen creation originally premiered in 2014 by 26 Japanese dancers. This double bill paying homage to the past and celebrating new promising dance talent will premiere at Kuopio Dance Festival on 15. - 16 June. Other performances include Full Moon Dance Festival, Finland on 24 July and 12. – 15 October in Almi Hall, Helsinki.

Could you take some of my weight...? explores and plays with the various meanings, both concrete and symbolic, of weight. It is interpreted by Pekka Louhio and David Scarantino, recently praised for their soloist roles in Saarinen’s take on Sibelius’ Kullervo at the Finnish National Opera. The duet, bursting with male energy and virtuosity, was originally premiered by the cofounders of Tero Saarinen Company –, Saarinen and Yuval Pick, – back in 1999.

MESH, exploring the themes of diversity, loneliness and liberation, was premiered in Japan in 2014. The work will have its European premiere in Kuopio, Finland in 2016. Paying homage to Saarinen’s roots in Butoh, the choreography features the brilliant Butoh dancer Mitsutake Kasai (Japan). Tero Saarinen Company’s dancers will also be complemented by students from Finnish National Ballet School, and the Theatre Academy.

15 – 16 June Kuopio Tanssii ja Soi, Kuopio, Finland
24 July Full Moon Dance Festival, Pyhäjärvi, Finland
12 – 15 October Almi Hall, Helsinki, Finland

3 June 2016

IN-DEPTH TERO SAARINEN MASTERCLASS IN HELSINKI

Professional dancers and advanced dance students have the rare opportunity take part in an extensive Tero Saarinen and Sini Länsivuori masterclass in Helsinki. The workshop will take place on 15 - 19 August and is held in collaboration with Helsinki Festival.

The five-day workshop gives participants the opportunity to comprehensively explore Saarinen's movement technique and the philosophy behind it, as well as take part in repertoire exercises featuring material from his recent choreographies.

The participants of the masterclass in Helsinki will also have a unique opportunity to study the biomechanics behind Saarinen's techniques with guidance from Hanna Pohjola (DA (Dance), MSc (Exercise Medicine), PT).

More information about the workshop and sign-up here.

1 June 2016

COLLABORATION WITH FINNISH NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL DEEPENS

Tero Saarinen Company's collaboration with the Finnish National Ballet School deepens as the students will receive a yearly opportunity to study Tero Saarinen's movement technique. This spring the students also performed an excerpt of Saarinen's choreography MESH at their spring recital. Some of the students will also join Tero Saarinen Company's dancers in the performances of MESH at Kuopio Dance Festival, Full Moon Dance Festival and Finnish National Opera's Almi Hall in Helsinki.

Tero Saarinen's MESH, a choreography for 20 dancers that received its world premiere in Japan in 2014, enters Tero Saarinen Company's 20th anniversary repertoire this summer at Kuopio Dance Festival. The work will be seen in a double bill with the duet Could you take some of my weight...?, a representation of Saarinen's earlier work. 

Kuopio Dance Festival, 15–16 June
Full Moon Dance Festival, 24 July
Finnish National Opera, Almi Hall 12–15 October

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