Third Practice

Tero Saarinen’s new magnum opus explores radical shifts in values and perspectives. Claudio Monteverdi’s revolutionary, breathtakingly beautiful madrigals are incarnated by twelve dancers and musicians, plus tenor Topi Lehtipuu and virtual soprano Núria Rial. TSC and Helsinki Baroque Orchestra join forces to create a gripping contemporary fusion of dance, live music, opera and design.

``Everything changes, nothing perishes”
- Ovid


70 minutes, no intermission
29 May, 2019, Teatro Amilcare Ponchielli, Rassegna di Danza & Festival Monteverdi, Cremona, Italy
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, Italy), ATER – Associazione Teatrale Emilia Romagna (Italy), Kuopio Dance Festival (Finland), Stoa (Finland), the Finnish National Theatre and TTT-Theatre (Finland)

Choreographer's Note

“I am interested in the way that, right now, we are having to recalibrate our existence and to rethink our humanity: our relationship to the world, to its changes and its history. At turning points there is always a chance of finding but sadly also of forgetting something. What inspires and touches me is the character of Monteverdi’s music, which was revolutionary in its time and which demands skill, while also being free-flowing and intimate. Amid the tumult of the world the Renaissance values that resonate in the Madrigals seem to be perpetually relevant as a way of anchoring ourselves. On the other hand, just as the composer once did with his newly created Seconda prattica, I too seek a new kind of expression – a third practice – in my choreography.”

– Tero Saarinen

Third Practice

Choreography & Concept Tero Saarinen
Music Claudio Monteverdi
Music direction, Arrangement Aapo Häkkinen
Lighting design Eero Auvinen (TTT-Theatre)
Projection design Thomas Freundlich
Costume design Erika Turunen
Sound design Marco Melchior
Choreographer’s Assistants Henrikki Heikkilä, Satu Halttunen

Virtual soloist (soprano) Núria Rial
Soloist (tenor) Topi Lehtipuu

Dancers | Tero Saarinen Company Jenna Broas, Natasha Lommi / Satu Halttunen, Annika Hyvärinen, David Scarantino, Eero Vesterinen, Won Won-Myeong / Pekka Louhio

Musicians | Helsinki Baroque Orchestra Julien Martin (recorder), Tuomo Suni / Maite Larburu (violin), Aira Maria Lehtipuu (violin), Mikko Perkola (viola da gamba), Eero Palviainen (theorbo), Aapo Häkkinen (harpsichord)

About the Music

“Although the music in the work is characteristic of a certain epoch, the world that opens out on the stage will be totally abstract. From Helsinki Baroque Orchestra’s perspective what particularly expands our horizons is the combination of sound amplification, virtual soloist and movement with the work of live musicians. Relating the partly improvisatory character of the madrigals to the stage arrangements and to the collaboration between the dancers is also an interesting challenge.”

– Aapo Häkkinen

``Saarinen has a rare skill of using vast stage machinery while simultaneously directing singers as well as dancers. --- dividing lines between drama, dance and opera are obliterated.``

Helsingin Sanomat, Finland, 2017

``Totally uncompromising and profoundly moving --- dancers, musicians and designers share a remarkable achievement``

- The Dominion Post (New Zealand)

``I have rarely heard dancing and seen the music.``

Twitter feedback, 2018