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.

Apply now for TSC Sound Residency 2023! Further information about the open call and application process below.

TSC sound residencies call for lab-like work on sound and movement – applications now open!

A Sound Residency at TSC Studio offers an opportunity to study the connection of sound and movement. How can sound move you? What is the movement of sound? What kind of movement does immersive sound create? What does it mean to make sound the creative force for movement?

Creators chosen to take part in the annual Sound Residency will have the chance make full use of TSC Studio’s unique, 23-channel Genelec speaker system, which offers an immersive sound experience. The working period can, for instance, be aimed at multidisciplinary experimentation, creation of a new work, or developing one’s professional audio expertise. The open call is aimed for both young talents and more experienced professionals. Experience in multi-channel audio is necessary to be selected for the residency.

TSC Sound Residencies are made possible by Genelec, the provider of TSC Studio’s audio equipment. With the programme, TSC and Genelec aim to support sound-art innovation and the development of audio-expertise. Applications for the 2023 Sound Residency are now open!

 

WHAT KIND OF WORK AND WHO FOR?

Using TSC Studio’s multi-channel audio system is at the core of the sound-movement work of TSC Sound Residencies. The Sound Residency benefits best creators who want to strengthen ways of combining sound technology and physical expression in their artistic work.

TSC Sound Residencies are intended for artistic work. The residency project should include both sound and movement work. This can mean anything from multidisciplinary experiments to creating a performance or developing new ways of working with sound and movement. The residencies are not intended solely for creating music or recording, and the Genelec speaker system should be incorporated in the working plans. We are interested in what TSC Studio and its unique sound system can inspire in creators – Be bold with your idea and apply!

The open call is aimed for working groups, established collectives and individual artists in the performing arts. The residency is suitable for both younger professionals entering the field as well as more experienced artists.

Since utilising the Genelec speaker system and multichannel audio are central to the Sound Residencies, the working group must include a person with the required technical skills.

 

WHEN AND WHAT?

In 2023, TSC offers one Sound Residency with a working period of two weeks.

The dates for the 2023 Sound Residency are 10–23 July, 2023 (weeks 28–29).

TSC Studio is located at the Cable Factory in Helsinki, Finland. The working group can use the Studio without charge, around the clock throughout the period. TSC residencies do not include travel assistance, accommodation nor salaries. Artists need to cover these and other related costs by other means.

Residency artists will have at their use the Genelec 23-channel sound system. Use of other TSC Studio technical equipment is to be agreed separately. At the start of the period, TSC staff will provide guidance on practicalities of the residency and on the Studio’s technical equipment.

Residency artists also have a chance to receive mentoring from TSC’s permanent Artist in Residence, sound designer Tuomas Norvio, and by TSC’s other artistic and production staff – timetables to be agreed separately.

Depending on the project in question, the residency can also include an audience interaction, which can be for example an open rehearsal, demo or artist talk. Timetables and contents for a possible audience event are to be agreed on a case-by-case basis. The residency also includes opening up the working process to Genelec and TSC, and collaborating on communications.

Further technical details of TSC Studio and its equipment here. See list of TSC Studio’s audio equipment here.

 

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for a place on a residency fill in the form here.

Please carefully read the details of residency schedule, other terms, and application instructions before submitting your application. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the application form and the required attachments are successfully submitted within the set timeframe.

If you wish to keep a copy of your application, please save all of your responses from the form in a separate document before submitting the application. It is not possible to review or amend your application after it has been submitted. We do not send copies of the applications back to applicants.

 

APPLICATION PERIOD AND SELECTION PROCESS

Applications for residencies close at 16:00 (+2 GMT) on 17 February, 2023. The online form must be submitted by the deadline.

Applications will be treated confidentially. Persons processing and evaluating applications will not share any information about applicants or the content of applications to third parties.

Selections will be made by a work group consisting of TSC artistic and production personnel and a representative from Genelec. TSC’s permanent Artist in Residence, sound designer Tuomas Norvio, will act as an expert in the selection process. Diversity and equity will be considered in the decision-making process.

Selection criteria for applications:

  • New propositions to the relationship between sound and movement
  • Original artistic thinking
  • Objectives for the work
  • Feasibility of the project
  • Use of Genelec speaker system and multi-channel audio

Additionally, an interest in multi-disciplinary work and an orientation towards creating also larger-scale works are considered as advantages.

We will notify all applicants personally of our decisions by the end of March at the latest.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR TSC SOUND RESIDENCY

Info and enquiries:

For further information about the residency programme, applications and TSC Studio, contact Head of Production Carita Weissenfelt by email. Enquiries by phone only on Tue 7 Feb between 11–12 and Thu 16 Feb at 14–15.

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

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.

FEEDBACK ON THE RESIDENCIES

Hagglund Viipuri Collective at TSC Sound Residency

”During the Sound Residency at TSC Studio, we took a deep dive into the relationship between sound and movement, creating new sound material while also examining the shape of our new performance. The studio’s immersive audio system enables totally new auditory perspectives, that might not even cross one’s mind in any other space… The residency was a pivotal experience for us. We felt so supported and learned a lot. As young artists we are truly grateful to have had the opportunity to work in an evironment, that encourages you to dream big!”

Iida Hägglund and Maija Viipuri, (July 2021)

Sanni Giordani at TSC Residency

”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 (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.

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.

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. The sound residency’s will have the studio’s complete sound system at their use, other residencies’ technical parameters will be discussed individually. The residency period available in January 2023 is not a Sound Residency.

2022 WORKING GROUPS

Kemppainen / Sallinen / Maunuksela: From a great height

In the first sound residency of summer 2022, choreographer Suvi Kemppainen, composer Walter Sallinen and dramaturg Klaus Maunuksela worked towards their new stage work From a great height: a choreographic sonic ceremony that examines subsidence, transgression and love for grief. It is an eerie invitation into an underwater world of the hidden depths and transgressing powers, playing with the emancipatory potentials of lamentation.

Yumi Collective: Gömböc

In the second sound residency in July 2022, the multi-disciplinary Yumi Collective (Sebastian Kurten, Simeoni Juoperi, Antti Uimonen and Hamis Zzy) worked on their first staged work at TSC Studio. Inspired by the ‘Gömböc’ shape, their creation will examine balance and its reciprocative nature through sound and movement.

Tiia Kasurinen: Surface

In January artist and choreographer Tiia Kasurinen works on a new staged work SURFACE, together with a team. Kasurinen’s dance performance is a crooked fairytale and an antithesis for children’s stories; a humoristic, yet harrowing perspective on existing under the gaze. SURFACE will premiere in Kuopio City Theatre on 24 November!

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Nuua Company: Blueberry Burdock

In April contemporary circus artist and founder of Nuua Company, Olli Vuorinen, was developing an upcoming solo piece Blueberry Burdock, directed by Thomas Monckton. With the “curiosity of a juggler”, Vuorinen’s aim was to study new means of object manipulation and expressions of bodily movement.

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URB X NORDIC HIPHOP TO THE STAGE

Hamis Zzy & Siiri Korkeamäki

TSC began a new collaboration with Kiasma Theatre’s annual street art and culture festival URB, and Nordic Hiphop to the Stage, an international project funded by Nordisk kulturfund and Nordisk kulturkontakt, that aims to build an institutionally backed network for collaborations in the sphere of street culture and performance arts. In March TSC provided an artistic residency at TSC Studio for dancers Hamis Zzy and Siiri Korkeamäki. During their two-week residency, Hamis and Siiri created movement material for their new solos that are part of URB’s EU funded Be Part project. Their works are to be seen on 7–9 June at URB’s programme at Stoa Helsinki, as a part of a full evening performance, created by the French Art Move Concept and Nordic Hiphop to the Stage. Photo: Kansallisgalleria / Petri Virtanen

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