After a very successful career as a solo dancer with the Finnish National Ballet, Tero Saarinen started a career as a choreographer. Today he directs his own company.
In 1997 he acquired an international reputation for his production Westward Ho!, a peculiar, melancholic piece for three dancers, a fascinating piece with its clarity and interplay of colors, composition and controlled energy.
Surrealistic, flowing movements dominate the piece Wavelengths, a pas de deux accompanied by the minimalist sounds of Riku Niemi’s composition for violins, marimbas and bells.
In Hunt, a solo piece based on Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring that he choreographed for himself and staged with Marita Liulia, one of the leading multimedia artists in Finland, he displays the body control of a gifted dancer. Every stereotype of the sexes and the dichotomy of masculinity and femininity dissolve into form, color and movement.
The Joyce Theater Web Site
Read a Culturekiosque interview with Tero Saarinen