“Dance has an exceptional amount of potential in this time, that is so strongly marked by alienation from the body.
– Tero Saarinen
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 guest-performance evenings.
The year is a busy one 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.