Who we are


Tero Saarinen Company’s mission is to create, perform and teach powerful and engaging contemporary dance at the highest levels of artistic excellence in Helsinki, Finland and internationally, based on Tero Saarinen’s artistic vision.


Tero Saarinen Company’s core objective is to enhance individual and communal wellbeing by improving people’s relationship with their own bodies, themselves and other people through movement and holistic dance that tap into primal energies.


Tero Saarinen Company’s art and all its actions are based on fundamental humanist values: equal rights and respect for all individuals as well as education. Strong shared values guide the group’s actions on a practical level, too. COLLABORATION is the foundation of all success. Aspiring to achieve the highest degree of EXCELLENCE means a constant desire to develop in all areas of the group’s operations. That development also requires the COURAGE to take major artistic and financial risks. Underlying everything the group does is the JOY that comes from work and community.

Tero Saarinen Company

Founded by dancer-choreographer Tero Saarinen in 1996, Tero Saarinen Company has toured at prestigious venues in 40 countries on six continents. Its core activities also include running an international teaching programme, a residency programme, presenting international dance companies in Helsinki and community outreach projects. In addition, Saarinen and his team collaborate with other prominent dance groups; Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT1), the Batsheva Dance Company and Lyon Opéra Ballet, to name but a few, have featured Saarinen’s works in their repertoires. Tero Saarinen Company is based in Helsinki.

``Reader be warned. This review is going to gush. If the opposite of Eurotrash is Eurogold, this outstanding contemporary dance troupe is a precious metal indeed.``


Company Management

Artistic Director:
Tero Saarinen

Managing Director:
Iiris Autio

Technical Director:
Ville Konttinen

Head of Artistic Development (on leave of absence):
Sini Länsivuori

Rehearsal Director:
Henrikki Heikkilä

Head of Marketing & Communications:
Terhi Mikkonen

Head of International Relations:
Johanna Rajamäki

Head of Finance and Development:
Maiju Ristilä

Head of Production and Touring:
Carita Weissenfelt

Communications and Production Coordinator:
Emma Vuorinen

Training Activities Coordinator:
David Scarantino

Annual Reports

The annual reports of  Passion in Motion, registered association, can be downloaded here (only in Finnish):

2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2018 / 2019