Hz (2022) is Tero Saarinen Company’s new group piece by choreographer Johanna Nuutinen. The audience will deep dive into sound waves – to a zone where hearing becomes experiencing. In Hz, underwater sound pollution acts as a metaphor for the sensory stimuli of the modern world.

Hz, set to premiere at Tanssin Talo’s Erkko Hall in March 2022, is the first piece commissioned for Tero Saarinen Company by another choreographer. It is part of a double bill, featuring a new interpretation of Tero Saarinen’s iconic solo HUNT (2002). Get your tickets now!

‘Noise … is both a thing and a relationship between things.’
– Aaron Cassidy ja Aaron Einbond, 2013

Origins of the work

‘Noise … disrupts the organization of the organs. It transforms the organs into a thousand ears, the ears into a vibrating, fluttering drum skin.’
Marie Thompson, 2012

Water transfers the vibrations of sound much more effectively than air. Soundwaves concretely move the water and all being in the water and made out of water. We are water and of water: on average 60% of the human body is water and before their birth humans spend nine months in water. In water sound quality becomes movement quality. Sound can move, tear, shake and soothe us on a cellular level.

Hz brings the viewer-experiencer in the middle of the sound creating a strong kinesthetic, auditory and visual experience through virtuosic dance, expansive visuality and deeply moving soundscape. The creative team consists of both Nuutinen’s long-term collaborators and new acquaintances. At the core of the creative team are sound designer Tuomas Norvio, scenographer Joonas Tikkanen, fashion artist and costume designer Mert Otsamo, dramaturg Jarkko Lehmus and dance artists Natasha Lommi, Elina Häyrynen, Saida Solla, Eero Vesterinen and Riccardo Zandona.

EARLY BIRD Tickets for Tero Saarinen Company’s Tanssin talo season on March 31–April 9 are on sale online. Get yours now!



Tero Saarinen Company’s first Tanssin talo season will finally make TSC’s Artistic Director Tero Saarinen’s long-standing dream a reality, as Spring 2022 will open with an exceptional double bill. The evening starts with the first-ever piece created for TSC by another choreographer, Johanna Nuutinen’s Hz, and ends with a reinterpretation of HUNT.

“Our field has been distorted, so that we do not even really talk about past works, nor has it generally been possible to see them live anywhere. This can easily create a strange delusion of contemporary dance having no history. I see this as affecting the entire field and the respect it has. With our programming we want to take responsibility for preserving and expanding the contemporary dance repertoire. In the future our yearly programme will entail double bills that combine new creations with classic works of contemporary dance, that have withstood the test of time.

Both works in this double bill deal with the effects flood of information and stimuli. It feels as if the theme is now more relevant than ever. ”

– Tero Saarinen

HZ | HUNT at Tanssin talo on 31 March – 9 April

Ticket sales and info | Tickets 16€–57€ are currently on sale only online** – get yours here! The EARLY BIRD offer, applicable to the regular ticket price, is valid until 26 December 2021! Smartum and ePassi payment methods are available online.

Duration | 1h 40 min (inc. intermission)

Getting here | Tanssin talo’s Erkko Hall is next to the Cable Factory in Ruoholahti, Helsinki (Kaapeliaukio 3). Please favour public transport! Further information about parking spots here.

Artist talks | After the performances Tuesday 5 April and Friday 8 April.

Performers: Hz | Elina Häyrynen, Natasha Lommi, Saida Solla, Eero Vesterinen, Riccardo Zandonà (understudies: Mikko Lampinen, Sofia Ruija)

Performers: HUNT | Auri Ahola Thu 31.3. | Fri 1.4. | Sat 2.4. | Tue 5.4. and Atte Kilpinen Wed 6.4 | Thu 7.4 | Fri 8.4 | Sat 9.4.

N.B.! These works use loud sound and strobe lights!



Regular tickets: A 57€ | B 49€ | C 41€; Early Bird Offer valid until 26 December: A 51€ | B 44€ | C 36€
Discount categories: Under 25, Students, Unemployed, Civil Servants, Conscripts: B 22€ |  C 16€; Pensioners: A 54€ | B 46€ | C 38€; Groups of over 20 people: A 54€ | B 46€ | C 38€ per person. Discount prices cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.
After the opening of Tanssin talo (2 February 2022), tickets can also be bought beside Tanssin talo’s main entrance on Lasipiha and in the Cable Factory’s Konttori. Edenred is available at Lasipiha. Tickets for professionals (–50%) will be on sale with valid membership card a week before the season’s start, only at Lasipiha.
Tero Saarinen Company will follow the regional COVID-19 safety guidelines and restrictions. We reserve the right to require the COVID-19 passport for customers aged 16 or more.


Choreographer Johanna Nuutinen
Composer and Sound designer Tuomas Norvio
Scenographer Joonas Tikkanen
Costume designer Mert Otsamo
Dramaturg Jarkko Lehmus
Rehearsal Director Satu Halttunen

Dance | Elina Häyrynen, Natasha Lommi, Saida Solla, Eero Vesterinen, Riccardo Zandonà (Understudy: Mikko Lampinen, Sofia Ruija)

Pre Promo Photos by Jonas Lundqvist

40 minutes
Tanssin talo, March 2022
Production Tero Saarinen Company in collaboration with Johanna Nuutinen +CO

Behind the scenes


31 March 2022 19:00 - 20:40

HZ | HUNT (premiere)

Tanssin talo, Helsinki, Finland

1 April 2022 19:00 - 20:40


Tanssin talo, Helsinki, Finland

2 April 2022 19:00 - 20:40


Tanssin talo, Helsinki, Finland

5 April 2022 19:00 - 20:40


Tanssin talo, Helsinki, Finland

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