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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 in New York, at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa (4–5 Oct) and Dance House in Vancouver (27–28 Oct) among others.

The 2018 spring season will be opened with a return to Paris and Théâtre National de Chaillot on 19–20 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

Learn more about supporting the Company and its benefits from here

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 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


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


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.


Ritva Väänänen
Head of Development
mob. +358 (0)50 500 2101, ritva.vaananen@terosaarinen.com



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