Tero Saarinen Company has been the resident company of the Alexander Theatre since 2005. The group has its rehearsal studios, offices and storage facilities in the building, located in the heart of Helsinki. The company also regularly performs its small and middle-scale works on the historic theatre’s stage.
The Alexander Theatre is one of Helsinki’s most important venues. It serves as an atmospheric host stage for changing Finnish and foreign dance, theatre and music performances. In addition, it houses the offices of various cultural organisations and the building’s dance studios are in constant use by both professional dance groups and a number of dance schools.
Completed in 1879, the Alexander Theatre was originally built as a Russian Theatre and named after Tsar Alexander II. Following its inauguration in 1880, it hosted numerous opera and theatre performances by Russian and foreign companies.
A year after Finland had become independent in 1917, the building was given over to the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. It remained in this use up until the new Opera House was completed on the shores of Töölönlahti Bay in 1993.
Tero Saarinen began his career in the Alexander Theatre. He studied there with the Finnish National Ballet School from 1982 to 1986. Later he performed on the theatre’s stage as a dancer in numerous productions of the Finnish National Ballet until he began his solo career in 1992.
After founding his own group, Saarinen returned to the Alexander Theatre as a tenant in 1999, when his group – known as Company Toothpick until 2002 – got its first small office space in the property.
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