During his impressive international career as a dancer and choreographer, Tero Saarinen has created more than 40 world premieres. These include choreographies for the Tero Saarinen Company, which he founded 25 years ago, and other dance groups worldwide. Saarinen’s previous choreography for the Finnish National Ballet was Kullervo, a full-length creation.
In his new work to the Cello Concerto of Esa-Pekka Salonen, dance, sound and light are wedged together in the interface between chaos and order, defenselessness and safety, and the experience of the transience of existence. It continues Saarinen and Salonen’s collaboration, which started with Saarinen’s choreography Morphed, seen on the Main Stage of the Opera House during the Helsinki Festival in 2014. The costumes are also by Saarinen’s trusted collaboration partner, Erika Turunen. Turunen has designed the costumes for many of Saarinen’s works over more than 20 years.