Thank you for your interest! 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.

Tero Saarinen Company seeks professional dancers for a new group work by Dutch choreographers Imre van Opstal and Marne van Opstal. The creation will be part of a double bill set to premiere in TSC’s repertoire in the 2022/23 season at Tanssin talo‘s main stage in Helsinki, Finland. Applicants must be available to work in Helsinki during 15 May – 17 June 2023. The auditions are held on 14/15 May 2022 at TSC Studio at the Cable Factory. Afterwards we are offering a free TERO Workshop.

Imre and Marne van Opstal

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.

Tero Saarinen Company

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.

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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


* All applicants will only participate on one day. You can choose your preferred date on the application form.
**Applicants can choose if they wish to participate in both the Opstals’ audition and the workshop by David Scarantino, or apply / sign up for only one or the other. The maximum participant number for the workshop is 30 people per day.

What are we looking for?

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).


David Scarantino
Rehearsal Director
TSC Training Activities Coordinator
+358 40 487 7898
(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.

Photo and video credits

Photo 1: Rahi Rezvani, Take Root (chor. Imre and Marne Van Opstal)
Photo 2: Camilla Greenwell, Eye Candy, (chor. Imre and Marne Van Opstal)
Photo 3: Kai Kuusisto, Transit (chor. Tero Saarinen)
Trailer 1: Harmen Straatman, Eye Candy (chor. Imre and Marne Van Opstal)
Trailer 2: Harmen Straatman, Baby Don’t Hurt Me, (chor. Imre and Marne Van Opstal)



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