Imre van Opstal & Marne van Opstal are Dutch choreographers, renowned performing artists and siblings, who form a creative duo. Both artists have enjoyed successful and prominent careers at the prestigious Batsheva Dance Company and/or Nederlands Dans Theater 1 & 2, before pursuing their own creativity as choreographers. The collaborative nature of their work often speaks to the human condition, limits and possibilities of the body and mind. Their work is known to be multi-layered and surrealistic, with a strong and outspoken dance language known for its eclecticism, theatricality and partnering elements.
Major critical acclaim and nearly 400,000 spectators at leading venues in 40 countries on 6 continents have established TSC as one of Europe’s leading dance companies, since its foundation in 1996. Tero Saarinen and his team also collaborate with other prominent dance groups, such as NDT1, the Batsheva Dance Company and Lyon Opéra Ballet. Other core activities include an international teaching program of TERO Technique, and TSC’s residency programme. Starting from 2022 the group’s repertoire will include works by other choreographers alongside Saarinen. TSC is one of the official partners of Tanssin talo, Dance House Helsinki. It will produce 2–3 seasons at the 700-seat Erkko Hall each year.Read more
Dates | 14 May or 15 May, 2022*
Place | TSC Studio, Cable Factory, Helsinki
Schedule | 10:00–17:00
TSC Audition 10:00–14:00: Workshop with the Opstals, including Gaga class warmup and improvisation
TERO Workshop** 15:00–17:00: TERO Technique based workshop with David Scarantino
Working language | English
Working period with the Opstals | 15 May – 17 June, 2023, Helsinki
Criteria for applicants | Professional degree & availability to work in Helsinki during the auditions on 14/15 May, 2022 and on 15 May – 17 June, 2023.
Deadline for applications | 31 March, 2022
“We look for performers that have a strong sense of body, emotional and spatial awareness and feel free to make creative choices. Performers that are curious and have a willingness and desire to explore movement, theatricality and improvisation. That can trust in their intelligent body and are capable of transforming and letting go of established patterns. That are sensitive to the creative space and respect their peers and practice.”
– Imre and Marne van Opstal
We are no longer accepting applications! The deadline for applications was 31.3.2022 at 16:00 / 4pm (GMT +2). All applicants will be individually notified about the selection by mid April.
Applications will be treated confidentially. Individuals who handle and evaluate the applications will not share any information about either the applicants or the content of applications with third parties. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application form and the relevant attachments are successfully submitted on time.
Decisions regarding the dancers selected for TSC Auditions held in May 2022 will be made by a working group comprised of TSC’s artistic staff in collaboration with the Opstals. Diversity and equity will be considered in the decision-making process.
Choreographers Imre and Marne van Opstal will oversee the final selections, based on the auditions. The final selections will be made during May 2022.
For further information, please contact Rehearsal Director David Scarantino. Phone enquiries only Mon-Fri 11:00–16:00 (GMT +2).
TERO Technique stems from awakening the senses, recognizing the weight of one’s body, and maximizing the use of both balance and off-balance. Tero Saarinen’s distinctive style fuses elements from his backgrounds in ballet, contemporary dance, and a wide range of Asian traditions. The aim of Tero Saarinen’s technique is to activate every cell and nerve ending in the body, to become fully Aware, Alert, Attentive, and Alive – 360 degrees present and resonating. The goal is to make full use of each dancer’s technical knowledge and explore, liberate, and further nourish the potential of each individual. This leads to interpretations that are constantly surprising and vital to our existence, like flora and fauna.
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