The 15th European Dance Festival makes a start with Finland and the well known choreographer Tero Saarinen and group Tero Saarinen Company with the pieces Wavelengths and Hunt.
Choreography: Tero Saarinen
Lighting Design: Mikki Kunttu
Music: Riku Niemi
Costume design: Erika Turunen
Dancers: Sini Länsivuori, Henrikki Heikkilä
In Wavelengths, a man and a woman, equally strong willed, engage in a “fascinating duet of attraction, aggression, and affection” (New York Times). The work’s organic movements reinvent the traditional pas de deux to express the complex dynamic of a modern, equal partnership, in which the desire for intimacy confronts the fear of losing oneself. The score, composed for an ensemble of violins, marimbas, and bells, was inspired by the ecstatic, dramatic arc of Maurice Ravel’s Boléro.
Choreography & performance: Tero Saarinen
Music: Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring
Multimedia: Marita Liulia
Lighting design: Mikki Kunttu
Costume Design: Erika Turunen
Multimedia Programming:Jakke Kastelli
Recording: Esa-Pekka Salonen & Philharmonia Orchestra, Sony Classical SK45796
Music rights: Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers
Production: Tero Saarinen Company and La Biennale di Venezia in collaboration with Octobre en Normandie.
HUNT contains strong lighting effects.
Tero Saarinen’s signature solo HUNT was commissioned by the Venice Biennale in 2002. Today, it is performed as part of several Tero Saarinen Company’s double and triple bills. Saarinen will dance the work until 2013. During its short history, HUNT has been labeled as one of the most significant contemporary reinterpretations of Stravinsky’s great classic. HUNT focuses on internal rather than external conflict the pull between masculine and feminine, self-interest and selflessness and on beauty’s inevitable decline. The solo also investigates the concept of personal sacrifice. Saarinen’s number of performances of the work, praised by audiences and critics alike, is nearing 200 in approximately 30 countries.
Tero Saarinen Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer
Tero Saarinen began his career as a dancer at the Finnish National Ballet (FNB) in 1985, and quickly gained notice as a soloist. He has since worked with a number of internationally renowned choreographers, including Carolyn Carlson, Jorma Uotinen, and Murray Louis. He left the FNB in 1992 to seek new contemporary dance influences in Western Europe and Japan, where he studied traditional Japanese dance and Butoh. He founded his own Tero Saarinen Company in 1996. The Company’s primary aim is to use the language of dance to investigate, promote, and communicate a humane worldview and basic human values. The Company has appeared in almost 40 countries and its activities include running an international teaching programme. Saarinen has choreographed more than 30 works throughout his career. As a choreographer, he is known for his unique movement language that plays with balance and imbalance. Influences ranging from Butoh and martial arts to classical ballet and contemporary dance forms can be seen in his style. His works, which have won wide international acclaim, are characteristically total artworks: combinations of unique choreography, strong performers, striking visuals, and, often, live music. Apart from choreographing for Tero Saarinen Company and teaching his movement technique, Saarinen has created works for other prominent dance groups. Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT1), the Batsheva Dance Company (Israel), Ballet Gulbenkian (Portugal), the Lyon Opéra Ballet (France), and the FNB have featured his works in their repertoires
Master Class in Nicosia by Tero Saarinen
For professionals only
Pindou 4, Egkomi
For more information: 99 69869
Master Class in Dance House Lemesos by Tero Saarinen
For professionals only
9:00 – 10:30
For more information: 25 34 06 18
The master class comprises of technique exercises based on world-renowned Finnish choreographer Tero Saarinen’s movement technique. The main aim of the class is to acknowledge the weight of the body and maximize dancers’ capacity to use balance and off balance. Saarinen’s technique concentrates on awakening the senses, general alertness and focusing. The goal is to find, liberate and further nourish the potential capacity of each dancer.”
Finland will also be presented in Nicosia, at the Pallas Theatre on the 6th of June
PALLAS theatre 22 410 181(reservations only at the day of the of the performance and www.rialto.com.cy)
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