Contemporary dance performance HUNT by Tero Saarinen (Finland) and documentary film “Rooted with wings”
Choreography: Tero Saarinen
Music: Igor Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
Lighting and set design: Mikki Kunttu
Multimedia, photos: Marita Liulia
Costume design: Erika Turunen
Rehearsal director: Henrikki Heikkilä
Dance: Auri Ahola
Artium presents the two parts of HZ | HUNT on separate days: HUNT, followed by artist talk with the choreographer Tero Saarinen and documentary film “Rooted with wings” (director Thomas Freundlich) on 30 August and HZ on 1 September followed by a concert by the Estonian singer, composer, and electronic artist Maarja Nuut.
HZ | HUNT (2022) is Tero Saarinen Company’s newest double bill, featuring works by choreographers Johanna Nuutinen and Tero Saarinen. HZ was the first piece ever commissioned by Tero Saarinen Company from another choreographer since its foundation in 1996. HZ | HUNT, the double bill by Johanna Nuutinen and Tero Saarinen, premiered at Tanssin Talo’s Erkko Hall from 31 March to 9 April 2022. More than 4000 people attended the much-awaited HZ | HUNT at Tanssin talo in Helsinki.
HUNT by Tero Saarinen is a reinterpretation of his iconic work commissioned by the Venice Biennale in 2002. It is now performed in Viimsi by talented Finnish dancer Auri Ahola. Originally a signature solo piece performed by Tero Saarinen, HUNT toured until the end of 2013 in a total of 83 cities and 32 countries. Praised by audiences and critics alike, HUNT was labelled one of the most significant contemporary reinterpretations of Stravinsky‘s The Rite of Spring. Unlike most interpreters of Igor Stravinsky‘s The Rite of Spring, Saarinen focuses in his piece on the conflicts within an individual and examines the duality of life- birth, death and the transience of corporeality.
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.
Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT1), the Batsheva Dance Company (Israel), Ballet Gullbenkian (Portugal), the ballets of Lyon, Lorraine and Marseille (France), the Gothenburg Opera Ballet (Sweden), the National Dance Company of Korea (South Korea), the Finnish National Ballet, and many others have featured Saarinen’s works in their repertoires. His key works for Tero Saarinen Company include the company’s international breakthrough Westward Ho! (1996), Saarinen’s Stravinsky reinterpretations Petrushka (2001) and HUNT (2002), Shakers-inspired Borrowed Light (2004), Morphed (2014) to music by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Jean Sibelius’ Kullervo (2015) in collaboration with the Finnish National Opera and Ballet.
As a choreographer Saarinen is known for his unique movement language, ’an inventive mixture of grotesqueness and beauty’ that plays with balance, and off-balance. Saarinen teaches TERO Technique, which fuses elements from his backgrounds in ballet, contemporary dance, and a wide range of Asian traditions. His internationally acclaimed choreographies have often been described as total artworks. Saarinen has received numerous acknowledgements of his work as an artist, both in Finland and abroad.
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. Starting from 2022 the group’s repertoire will include works by other choreographers alongside Saarinen- TSC
s inaugural season at Tanssin talo at Helsinki featured one of the groups own classics along with a new work by coreographer Johanna Nuutinen.
Other core activities include an international teaching program of TERO Technique, and TSC’s residency programme. The group`s dance films and videos, all international co-productions, have been available to 30 million viewers in more than 60 countries on channels such as Mezzo, Arte, Yle and SVT, and at numerous film festivals.