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.

The world premiere of Third Practice will take place in Italy on May 29, 2019 as an international co-production. The Finnish premiere will be at Kuopio Dance Festival on 17 – 18 June.

Audiences in Helsinki have an opportunity to observe the artistic process in open rehearsals at the Finnish National Theatre’s Main Stage on 17 – 18 May. Check out work-in-process footage of rehearsals from our Flickr archive.

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.

World Premiere: Teatro Amilcare Ponchielli
Rassegna di Danza & Festival Monteverdi 2019, Cremona, Italy
29 May at 21.00. Duration 70 min, no intermission
Tickets from 25€

Finnish premiere: Kuopio Dance Festival
17 – 18 June at 21.00. Duration 70 minutes, no intermission
Tickets (48,50€)

The creative team of Third Practice is Choreographer Tero Saarinen, Music Director, Arranger Aapo Häkkinen, Lighting Designer Eero Auvinen (TTT-Theatre), Projection Designer Thomas Freundlich, Costume Designer Erika Turunen, Sound Designer Marco Melchior and Choreographer’s Assistants Henrikki Heikkilä and Satu Halttunen. Opera soloists are tenor Topi Lehtipuu and the virtual soprano Núria Rial.

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 / Maite Larburu and Aira Maria Lehtipuu (violin), Mikko Perkola (viola da gamba), Eero Palviainen (theorbo), Aapo Häkkinen (harpsichord)


Production Tero Saarinen Company 
Supported by Jane & Aatos Erkko Foundation (Finland) 
In collaboration with Fondazione Teatro Amilcare Ponchielli (Italy) 
With thanks to Rassegna di Danza & Festival Monteverdi (Fondazione Teatro A. Ponchielli, Cremona, Italia), ATER – Associazione Teatrale Emilia Romagna (Italy), Kuopio Dance Festival (Finland), Stoa (Finland), the Finnish National Theatre and TTT-Theatre (Finland)