Third Practice draws from Monteverdi’s radical heritage

Tero Saarinen Company and Helsinki Baroque Orchestra join forces to find new dimensions to opera pioneer Claudio Monteverdi’s (1567-1643) radical madrigals. Flagships of their respective genres in Finland and leading forces of the European dance and baroque music scenes, the two companies unite to create an emotionally gripping contemporary fusion of dance, live music, opera, design and technology. Performers include twelve TSC dancers and HeBO musicians plus internationally recognized opera soloists tenor Topi Lehtipuu, on stage, and the virtual avatar of soprano Núria Rial.

TSC and HeBO will rehearse and do technical experiments related to the virtual character at the Finnish National Theatre’s Main Stage on 17-18 May. Audiences in Helsinki have an opportunity to observe the process: tickets for the open rehearsals go on sale on Tuesday, 4 December. The world premiere of Third Practice will take place in Italy at the end of May 2019 as an international co-production. The Finnish premiere will be at Kuopio Dance Festival on 17-18 June. Tickets for Kuopio go on sale on 2 January.

Tero Saarinen – Claudio Monteverdi
Third Practice
Tero Saarinen Company & Helsinki Baroque Orchestra

”Everything changes – nothing perishes.”
– Ovid

Open rehearsals: The Finnish National Theatre, Main Stage
17 – 18 May at 19.00. Duration 90 minutes, no intermission, including audience discussion. Tickets 20/10€ and Lippupiste Box offices in Helsinki.
Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, 4 December.

The Finnish premiere: Kuopio Dance Festival
17 – 18 June at 21.00. Duration 65 minutes, no intermission
Tickets (48,50€) go on sale on 2 January 2019

The creative team of Third Practice is Choreographer Tero Saarinen, Music Director, Arranger Aapo Häkkinen, Lighting Designer Eero Auvinen, Projection Designer Thomas Freundlich, Costume Designer Erika Turunen, Sound Designer Marco Melchior and Choreographer’s Assistant Henrikki Heikkilä. Opera soloists are tenor Topi Lehtipuu and the virtual soprano Núria Rial. Production by Tero Saarinen Company and the premiere is supported by Jane & Aatos Erkko Foundation (Finland). The world premiere and the collaboratos will be published in 2019.

Dance / Tero Saarinen Company: Jenna Broas/Natasha Lommi, Satu Halttunen, Annika Hyvärinen, David Scarantino, Eero Vesterinen, Won Won-Myeong/Pekka Louhio

Music / Helsinki Baroque Orchestra: Julien Martin (recorder), Tuomo Suni and Aira Maria Lehtipuu (violin), Mikko Perkola (viola da gamba), Eero Palviainen (theorbo), Aapo Häkkinen (harpsichord)

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