“Dance has an exceptional amount of potential in this time, that is so strongly marked by alienation from the body.
– Tero Saarinen
Premiere of Overdosed Mood.
The Company performs Westward Ho! at Florence Gould Hall in New York.
Producer-Manager Iiris Autio joins the Company as its first full-time employee.
Tero Saarinen is awarded the Finland Prize.
The ensemble piece Transfigured Night, set to music by Arnold Schönberg, premieres in the repertoire of Gothenburg Ballet in Sweden. It is later added to the Finnish National Ballet’s repertoire.
Saarinen is awarded the prestigious Movimentos Dance Prize in Germany, and France honours him with the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Tero Saarinen Company is granted an annual Finnish government subsidy as one of the organizations that comes under the Theatre and Orchestra Act.
Tero Saarinen is awarded the Pro Finlandia medal.
Both Borrowed Light and Triple Bill are picked as highlights of the year in various reviews.
The now 10-year-old group has six full-time employees and a network of 77 staff over the year.
The Company also visits Mexico City, where Teatro de la Ciudad almost bursts at the seams due to double booking by the organizers.
In Finland, the group presents 12 performances of the Stravinsky Evening at the Alexander Theatre in Helsinki.
Sini Länsivuori is awarded the Finland Prize.
Next of Kin premieres in Vilnius, Lithuania. This multidisciplinary production receives mixed reviews in London, where The Guardian calls it: “One of [the] most comprehensively weird productions I have ever seen.”
Tero Saarinen Company opens the 100% Finlandia cultural year at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The programme includes HUNT and Saarinen’s large-scale ensemble work for Opéra National de Lorraine and Ballet de Lorraine, Mariage.
Carolyn Carlson gives her legendary solo Blue Lady to Tero Saarinen for reinterpretation. Over the next few years, Saarinen tours with the work in Europe and Asia.
The Finnish Cultural Foundation gives Saarinen an award for his achievements as an artist.
Tero Saarinen Company produces a season of dance in Helsinki, presenting Blue Lady [Revisited] performed by Saarinen, plus productions by Carolyn Carlson’s group and Pori Dance Company’s interpretations of Jorma Uotinen’s choreographies.
The group performs Triple Bill in the Ibero-American Theater Festival in Bogotá.
Invited by choreographer Jin Xing, the Stravinsky Evening visits China as a part of the World Exhibition.
Vox Balaenae, a collaboration with Ensemble Intercontemporain, receives its world premiere in France. In Finland the work is performed together with the Avanti! chamber orchestra.
Tero Saarinen Company’s first tour of Finland takes in the Jyväskylä, Oulu and Kuopio City Theatres.
The Finnish National Opera and Ballet adds Saarinen’s Mariage to its repertoire.
Tero Saarinen Company presents the Tanssin juhlaa! evening celebrations of dance in Helsinki to promote the Dance House Helsinki project.
The Company’s first major community-outreach project begins in Malminkartano, Helsinki.
Tero Saarinen Company’s first development cooperation project in Kenya.
In The Rite of Spring’s celebratory year, Saarinen performs his solo creation HUNT for the last time, in Nairobi, after touring with the work to 82 cities in 32 countries. The last performance of HUNT, on the Main Stage of the Finnish National Theatre in Helsinki, is filmed.
Season of Borrowed Light at Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris. The performance is filmed for French television.
The Company’s first film project, the documentary A Chair Fit for an Angel, premieres in Canada. It receives awards at various film festivals.
Morphed, a choreography set to the music of Esa-Pekka Salonen, premieres at the Helsinki Festival, on the Main Stage of the Finnish National Opera. The composer himself conducts the orchestra of the Finnish National Opera.
The Finnish National Broadcasting Company YLE celebrates Tero Saarinen’s 50th birthday with a television theme evening that includes a biographical documentary, the film A Chair Fit for an Angel, and a film of Saarinen’s solo creation HUNT.
Tero Saarinen Company runs a large-scale development cooperation project in Kenya. TRAIL, choreographed for twelve Kenyan dancers, premieres in Nairobi on Kenya’s National Day.
The Company appears in a total of 13 countries. The group’s performances in Helsinki attract nearly 20,000 spectators. The Company’s total income is EUR 1.24m, 40% of which comes from public subsidies.
Presentation of international guest performances in Helsinki continues, with the Company producing three separate evenings.
The year is a busy for educational activities: new courses are developed; Tero Saarinen is invited to teach at the Juilliard School in New York; and an ongoing collaboration with the Finnish National Ballet School begins.
The Company now has 11 employees on monthly salaries.
Co-productions Loopit with Dance Theatre MD and to be with Hanna Brotherus Company premiere. The Los Angeles Philharmonic commissions Zimmermann Trio from Saarinen, set to premiere in 2018. The rehearsals of Saarinen and Kimmo Pohjonen‘s duet Breath also begin.
Commissioned by the LA Phil, Zimmermann Trio receives its world premiere at the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. TSC makes history by performing at leading venues on both sides of the Atlantic at the same time as Morphed simultaneously has a season at Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris.
Tero Saarinen and Kimmo Pohjonen’s duet Breath premieres in Canada. The creation continues to tour in Asia and Finland. The Finnish premiere of Zimmermann Trio takes place at The Helsinki Music Centre. The performances with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra are part of Helsinki Festival.
All in all, TSC has activities in 9 countries on 2 continents. Saarinen’s works are seen by 17 000+ live spectators and broadcast globally to millions via Mezzo TV. The Tero Saarinen documentary Rooted with Wings (2018) is shown by SVT in Sweden and YLE channels in Finland as well as at festivals in Germany, Hong Kong, Italy and Portugal.
TSC moves to new facilities at the Cable Factory in Helsinki.
The official opening of TSC Studio takes place in March, only a week before Covid-19 restrictions begin in Finland. Losses are extensive, but thanks to financial support from the Finnish government, TSC’s agile network organization and strong partnerships, the company is able to manage through the crisis. All tours are cancelled and the Helsinki premiere season for Third Practice (2019) is postponed until 2021.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, Transit, the large-scale co-production produced together with Skånes Dansteater, premieres in October at Malmö Opera in Sweden. The fall season also includes the premiere of two new duets, Voice and Rebond, in collaboration with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, TSC creates a TERO Technique based movement identity for the actors of a new rock musical rendition of Hamlet, produced by Tampereen Työväen Teatteri. TSC also launches its residency programme in the new studio, equipped with an immersive sound system by Genelec.
TSC’s works, both livestreams and older recordings, are shown online during the year on multiple platforms, receiving tens of thousands of viewers around the world. The company launches online classes of TERO Technique.
Despite the continuing uncertainty and strict restrictions placed on culture, the sold out Finnish premiere season of Transit (2020) takes place with a limited audience capacity at the Helsinki Festival on 19 August. Saarinen’s new duet Splice is seen at the Full Moon Dance Festival in Pyhäjärvi and at Dance Health Finland’s 20th anniversary gala. Loopit (2017) returns to Dance Theatre MD’s repertoire as an updated coproduction. Rock-musical Hamlet continues in Tampereen Työväen Teatteri’s repertoire through the fall.
The residency programme continues successfully. Sanni Giordani (Kinetic Orchestra), Valtteri Raekallio (Raekallio Corp.) and Hägglund Viipuri Collective are chosen for the residencies throug TSC’s first open calls.
Tero Saarinen Company’s international operations include TSC’s first post pandemic tour performances, the re-premiere of Saarinen’s VORTEX in Seoul and the world premiere of a new commissioned creation, Heart Drive by Imre and Marne van Opstal, coproduced with Ballet BC in Canada.
Manyfold activities in TSC Studio continue. Alongside rehearsals, TERO technique morning classes and rentals, the company offers TSC residencies for five independent working groups plus one in collaboration with the annual street art and culture festival URB.