VORTEX (Haeori) was commissioned by the National Dance Company of Korea in 2014. Tero Saarinen was the first foreign contemporary choreographer to work with the renowned troupe, dedicated to upholding and promoting Korean dance traditions.

In the creation, Saarinen combines 21 dancers, interpreting his signature choreographic style, with live music by Be-being, an ensemble known for its innovative interpretations of the Korean musical heritage.

VORTEX will return to the programme of the National Theater of Korea in 2022! The creation will be performed by a new cast of the National Dance Company of Korea at Haeoreum Grand Theater, in Seoul on 24–26 June 2022.


24 June 2022 19:30 - 20:50


Haeoreum Grand Theater, Seoul, South Korea

25 June 2022 15:00 - 16:20


Haeoreum Grand Theater, Seoul, South Korea

26 June 2022 15:00 - 16:20


Haeoreum Grand Theater, Seoul, South Korea

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Choreographer's Note

“When we have a possibility to weave dance together with live music – and musicians, we are able to celebrate primal “vortices” of inspiration, intuition, transparency and strength of spirit – everything powerful, creative and constructive there is in all of us.”

– Tero Saarinen


Choreography Tero Saarinen
Music Be-being
Music direction, composer Young-gyu Jang
Lighting design Mikki Kunttu
Costume design Erika Turunen
Choreographer’s Assistants Satu Halttunen, Henrikki Heikkilä, Mi-ae Kim

”Critic’s choice: Choreographer of the year” (Based on performances of MESH, VORTEX and for Borrowed Light in 2013/2014)

– Tanz, Yearbook 2014 (Germany)

“A collective celebration of the passion for dance, pulsating with rhythm and featuring a finale crowned with two stunning solos --- (A) remarkable intercultural production – demonstrating --- how innovative convergence can bring new life to a tradition dating back thousands of years.”

– Tanz, November 2015 (Germany)

”Simple but with sophistication. It is a sublime collaboration of Korean classic dance with the naturalism from a choreographer.”

– Dance Critic, 2014

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