Residencies - Tero Saarinen Company

Residencies

TSC Residencies’ objective is to serve as a platform for multidisciplinary experiments and to support especially freelance-based artists and collectives, and hence aiming for the development of the dance field as a whole. A residency period may focus on for example the creative process, rehearsals of a new work, or general development of an artist’s movement identity.

Equipped with a unique audio system made possible by Genelec, TSC Studio also acts as a laboratory for sound design of the highest level. Therefore, one of the residencies each year is dedicated especially for work focusing on the relationship between sound and movement. In TSC’s sound residencies, the artists are able to utilise TSC Studio’s immersive sound system in its entirety.

Open calls for 2022 residencies

The Open Call for spring 2022 residencies has ended on 21 Oct at 4pm. We will individually notify all applicants about our selection by the end of November. The next open call for the Sound Residency starts in December, so stay tuned!

FEEDBACK

”For us the residency acted as the starting point – and as a free playground – for the creation process of our new work. The space was wonderful and truly functional: the heated studio floor was really inviting and offered just enough traction and smoothness for our movement work, while the immersive audio system made the sound move together with the dancers.”
Sanni Giordani, Mostly Mass Working Group (At TSC Residency in March 2021)

Focus on artistic work in TSC Studio

TSC provides annually 2–4 artists or working groups the opportunity for an artist in residency working period at TSC Studio in Helsinki. The objective of the residency programme is to support the development of the dance field in Finland by providing eg. choreographers, working groups and free collectives resources for artistic work in the form of a free rehearsal space.

TSC Residencies are meant for artistic work such as creation of new works, rehearsing, or developing the artist’s individual movement language, choreographic material or artistic vision. Once a year, TSC holds a special sound residency focused on the relationship between sound and movement in a lab-like work setting. A sound residency’s goals can be in multidisciplinary experimentation, production oriented creative process or developing one’s artistic expertise. Artists for the sound residencies will be chosen through an international application process. The sound residencies are held in collaboration with Genelec, our partner behind the immersive sound system of TSC Studio.

Artists are chosen to take part in TSC Residencies through an open application process. The residencies entail a 1–4 week long working period in Tero Saarinen Company’s recently opened TSC Studio. Taking into consideration each residency’s particular goals and needs, the residency period can include customized events for audiences and artistic or production-related mentoring from TSC’s permanent staff members. The sound residency’s will have the studio’s complete sound system at their use, other residencies’ technical parameters will be discussed individually.

Three working groups chosen for the 2021 residencies

A total of 62 working groups applied for TSC Residencies in the first two open calls held during winter 2020–2021. Three groups were chosen, each getting two free weeks at TSC Studio in Helsinki.

Mostly Mass, a working group assembled by Dance Artist Sanni Giordani was selected for the March-April period. The group’s focus will be in contact work and developing movement ideas for a new piece, co-produced by Kinetic Orchestra.

Raekallio Corp., a working group led by Choreographer Valtteri Raekallio, was selected for the May-June period. Their aim is to finalize a new creation, Three Days.

Hägglund Viipuri Kollektiivi was chosen for the first TSC Sound Residency in June-July. Iida Hägglund and Maija Viipuri will focus on the bodily experiences of spatial sound design and moving sounds, while working towards a staged performance dealing with the experiences of girl and womanhood.

IMMERSIVE SOUND GENERATES A PHYSICAL EXPERIENCE

TSC Studio is equipped with 22 speakers and two calibration systems. The immersive audio system creates a powerful, holistically physical experience for the listener that evokes an emotional dimension.

The system has been designed by TSC’s permanent Artist in Residence and Sound Designer since 2017, Tuomas Norvio.

“An extremely sharp sound image is traced out in TSC Studio, where even the smallest details in accents and dynamics of the sound can be heard. Even when applying the strongest sound pressures, the sound is pure, and the system functions optimally both in design work and in performance. There is no system quite like it in Finland – and even globally it is unparalleled with the most similar being in the depths of great opera houses.

What most interests me in the potential offered by TSC Studio is working with non-directional sound: when sound has no distinctive direction of source, that the listener can perceive, it can feel as if the experience happens inside the listener, getting under their skin in quite special way”, Norvio describes.

The sound system has been made possible by the pioneer of professional audio and immersive audio technology, Genelec, which develops and manufactures its products in Iisalmi, Finland.

“Our goal is to bring forth the deeper and more content-oriented dimensions mutual to advanced technology and art – and to create something unique together with them. Long-term, value-based collaboration with Tero Saarinen Company gives us a chance to experiment and create something new for people, and to learn from each other. TSC Studio is a unique platform, through which we can also help future creators to achieve their dreams and to promote the development of art and society,” states Genelec Brand Artist and Board member Juho Martikainen, responsible for the concept of the collaboration.

More info and enquiries:

Carita Weissenfelt
Head of Production and Touring
carita.weissenfelt(at)terosaarinen.com
+358 40 705 6808