Tero Saarinen & Kimmo Pohjonen (Finland)
13, 14 August
New stage of Alexandrinsky theatre / Main stage
TSC tour in St. Petersburg is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
TERO SAARINEN Artistic Director, Dancer, Choreographer Tero Saarinen has had a distinguished international career both as a dancer and a choreographer. He has made more than 40 creations, for Tero Saarinen Company and other prominent dance groups.
KIMMO POHJONEN Composer, Arranger, Musician Kimmo Pohjonen is known as a revolutionist of accordion music. With his custom made electrified and MIDI-fied instrument, as well as different voices, lights, sounds and other effects, he creates captivating performance experiences.
MIKKI KUNTTU Lighting and Set Designer Mikki Kunttu is currently one of the most sought-after lighting designers in Europe. He has been collaborating with Saarinen since Tero Saarinen Company’s foundation. Kunttu has worked with many prominent artists from Finland and abroad. On top of lighting, screen and set design for dance, Kunttu also creates for music, opera, television and design.
TUOMAS NORVIO Sound Designer, Co-arranger Tuomas Norvio works as a sound designer, composer, musician, mixer and producer, on stage as well as in the studio.
HENRIKKI HEIKKILÄ Choreographer’s Assistant Henrikki Heikkilä has worked with many of the most outstanding choreographers of our time, such as Rudolf Nurejev, John Neumeier, Jiří Kylián, Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, Kenneth Kvarnström and Jorma Uotinen.
Tero Saarinen Company (est. 1996) has toured at leading venues in 40 countries on all continents. Its core activities also include Saarinen’s creations for other prominent dance groups, an international teaching program focused on TERO Technique, presenting dance companies in Helsinki and community outreach projects.
Two convulsing creatures. Each on their own pier. A steadily pulsing electronic beat, a horizon that slowly fills with light. The soundscape that advances little by little from a mumble and a rumble to soaring heights, combined with movement that builds up from fragility to gorgeousness and harmony, seems to give rise to a third pier of their own. The other can only be reached by overstepping the familiar.
Live music, dance and visuals intertwine to create wild forms and mythical images – infused by Beckett-inspired existentialism and absurd humour.
Two globally acclaimed Finnish artists, choreographer-dancer Tero Saarinen and accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen, take measure on each other on stage, composing a power web of sound and movement. Bessie-award winning wizard of stage and lighting design, Mikki Kunttu, will add his spell on the work. The duet is further enhanced by the imaginative sound design of Tuomas Norvio, known for his work in electronic music. Costumes are by fashion designer Teemu Muurimäki. Choreographer’s Assistant is Henrikki Heikkilä.
Concept Tero Saarinen & Kimmo Pohjonen
Composition, arrangement, music Kimmo Pohjonen
Choreography, dance Tero Saarinen
Lighting and set design Mikki Kunttu
Costume design Teemu Muurimäki
Sound design, co-arrangement Tuomas Norvio
Choreographer’s Assistant Henrikki Heikkilä
Sound Designer’s Assistant Sami Tammela
TERO SAARINEN COMPANY CREW ON TOUR:
Technical directior: Ville Konttinen
Lighting Supervisor: Ville Finnilä
Head of International Relations: Johanna Rajamäki
Tour Manager: Carita Weissenfelt
Production: Tero Saarinen Company in collaboration with Tampere Hall and Alexander Theatre (Finland). Residency partner Vaba Lava (Estonia).
Premiere 12 April 2018, Grand Théâtre de Québec, Canada Finnish premiere 12 May 2018, Tampere Hall