VORTEX (Haeori) was commissioned by the National Dance Company of Korea in 2014. Tero Saarinen was the first western contemporary choreographer to work with the renowned troupe. In the creation, Saarinen’s signature choreographic style is interpreted by 21 exquisite dancers, and intertwined with Korean dance traditions the NDCK is dedicated to upholding. Live music is composed and directed by Young-gyu Jang, known for his innovative interpretations of Korean musical heritage.

In 2022 VORTEX returned to the programme of the National Theater of Korea at Haeoreum Grand Theater on 24–26 June. The creation is also set to have its Finnish premiere at Dance House Helsinki on 22–24 September tickets on sale now


24 June 2022 19:30 - 20:50


Haeoreum Grand Theater, Seoul, South Korea

22 September 2022 19:00 - 21:00

VORTEX (Finnish premiere)

Tanssin talo, Helsinki, Finland

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”In the middle of the overlap between the antiquity and modernity, the East and the West, an explosive energy is created –– magnificent”

- The Chosun Ilbo 2019 (South Korea)

”Saarinen seems to have cast spell on dancers to make the most of their creativity”

- The Donga Ilbo 2019 (South Korea)

“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 2015 (Germany)

”Critic’s choice: Choreographer of the year”

- Tanz 2014 (Germany)

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

- Dance Critic 2014

VORTEX at Dance House Helsinki

Dates | 22–24 September, 2022

Tickets | **16€–64€

Ticket sales and info | Ticket offices are located at the Cable Factory and Tanssin talo’s main entrance Lasipiha and at the Cable Factory’s Konttori. Contact: (09) 4763 8300 | konttori@kaapelitehdas.fi

Duration | 1h 20 min (no intermission)

Arriving  | Tanssin talo‘s Erkko Hall is next to the Cable Factory in Ruoholahti, Helsinki (Kaapeliaukio 3). Please favour public transport! More information here.

Safety and accessibility | More info here. When choosing your seats, please keep in mind that the auditorium at Erkko Hall is steep.

N.B.! The creation uses strobe lights.


Regular tickets: A 64€ | B 53€ | C 42€
Discount categories: Under 25, Students, Unemployed, Civil Servants, Conscripts: B 22€ |  C 16€; Pensioners & Groups of over 20 people: A 61€ | B 50€ | C 39€ per person. Discount prices cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Tickets for professionals (–50%) will be on sale with valid membership card a week before the season’s start, only at Lasipiha.
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About the creation

In the creation, the primal vortex of the interface between past and present is interpreted by 25 performers. The live music, composed for VORTEX by Young-gyu Jang, is performed on stage by an ensemble known for its innovative interpretations of the Korean musical heritage. The lighting and set design is by Mikki Kunttu and costumes are by Erika Turunen.

Having achieved huge success with both audiences and critics alike, VORTEX has established itself in the repetitive repertoire one of Asia’s leading dance companies, NDCK. In addition to performing the creation in Seoul the group has also toured with the creation in other parts of Asia and Europe.

“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 direction, composer Young-gyu Jang
Lighting and set design Mikki Kunttu
Costume design Erika Turunen
Choreographer’s Assistants Satu Halttunen, Henrikki Heikkilä, Mi-ae Kim

80 minutes
April 16, 2014, National Theater of Korea, Seoul, South Korea
The National Dance Company of Korea
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