Transit

Tero Saarinen‘s latest large-scale choreography is a frenzied and ritualistic fight for nature on the eve of destruction. The creation is set to an orchestral trilogy by composer Sebastian Fagerlund, combined with spatial sound design and electronic music of Tuomas Norvio. The stage design centers on an animated film installation by visual artist duo IC-98.

Transit returns in TSC’s programme by popular demand – tickets for our shows at Dance House Helsinki on 4–6 October on sale now! Visiting performances at Tampere Hall on 21 April (tickets via Lippu.fi) and at Turku City Theatre on 26 September. In Malmö, the creation will also return to the stage of Skånes Dansteater.

Choreographer's Note

“Even though Transit portrays erosion and destruction, I wanted the piece to convey hope of a new beginning. It is the time to rediscover our connection with nature.

There are forms, frequencies and volumes in flora and fauna that exert a powerful influence on me, nourishing my ideas and physical expression… Nature and bodies are one and the same.”

– Tero Saarinen

”Gesamtkunstwerk – simultaneously disturbing and hopeful”

- SYDSVENSKAN

”One of the most exquisite and impressive works of Tero Saarinen's career.”

- DEMOKRAATTI

”Dystopia with hope for change”

- DANSTIDNINGEN

”Mirrors grand themes using mythical imagery”

- RONDO

“Frighteningly beautiful – – mixes the classical with the experimental.”

- KRISTIANSTADSBLADET

About the music and visuals

Orchestral trilogy Stonework (2015), Drifts (2016–17) and Water Atlas (2018) is composed by Sebastian Fagerlund, one of the most accomplished European composers of his generation.  The volumes of nature, present in Fagerlund’s work, are in constant discourse with Tuomas Norvio‘s electronic music and spatial sound design. All the elements, including impressive film installation by IC-98, create a vast, rugged landscape.

Calendar

21 April 2023 19:00 - 20:20

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Tampere Hall, Finland

4 October 2023 19:00 - 20:20

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Tanssin talo, Helsinki, Finland

5 October 2023 19:00 - 20:20

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Tanssin talo, Helsinki, Finland

6 October 2023 19:00 - 20:20

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Tanssin talo, Helsinki, Finland

All events

TSC at Dance House Helsinki in 2023

Tero Saarinen Company presents three performance seasons at Dance House Helsinki in 2023.

In March you can experience the unique collaboration, Third Practice by Tero Saarinen Company and Helsinki Baroque Orchestra – finally live in Helsinki!

In June TSC’s double bill combines a new creation Heart Drive with a Finnish contemporary dance classic Digital Duende.

In October Saarinen’s large-scale choreography Transit returns in our programme by popular demand.

Check out our programme and get your tickets for our home seasons!

2023 Helsinki-seasons

Digital evening programme

The digital evening programme of Transit includes footage that takes you on a tour behind the scenes! Get to know the creation’s themes in choreographer Saarinen‘s own words, and read about Fagerlund‘s music and Norvio‘s sound design, as well as IC-98‘s video projections. You can easily access the content, designed especially for mobile devices and tablets, from the link below.

Open the evening programme

Transit

Choreography & Concept: Tero Saarinen
Music: Sebastian Fagerlund (Drifts, Stonework, Water Atlas)
Sound design and electronic music: Tuomas Norvio
Video: IC-98: Visa Suonpää, Patrik Söderlund
Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen
Costume design: Teemu Muurimäki
Choreographer’s Assistant: David Scarantino
Rehearsal Directors: Satu Halttunen, Henrikki Heikkilä
Animators: Kari Kuusela, Markus Lepistö

Dance (13 dancers on stage) | Jenna Broas, Elina Häyrynen, Oskari Kymäläinen, Mikko Lampinen, Natasha Lommi, Mikko Makkonen (Dance Theatre Minimi), Emmi Pennanen, Minttu Pietilä, Sofia Ruija, David Scarantino, Tiemen Stemerding / Riccardo Zandonà, Saida Solla, Jing-Yi Wang | Understudy Pekka Louhio

Production
Skånes Dansteater and Tero Saarinen Company

Premiere
World premiere at Malmö Opera on 3 October, 2020.
Finnish premiere at Merikaapelihalli (The Cable Factory) at Helsinki Festival on 19 August, 2021.

With thanks to
Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation
The Ministry of Education and Culture Finland
Anonymous donors

Performance photos
Skånes Dansteater / Carl Thorborg
Tero Saarinen Company / Kai Kuusisto and Pekka Ala-Pietilä

Duration
80 minutes, no intermission
Premiere
October 3, 2020, Malmö Opera, Sweden
Production
Skånes Dansteater (Sweden) with Tero Saarinen Company
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