In Morphed, a band of seven men, bursting with intense, yet multi-layered masculine energy, delve into manifold themes such as change and sensuality. Tero Saarinen‘s internationally praised choreography ranges from the brutally aggressive to the meditatively soft and minimalistic – much like the music by composer Esa-Pekka Salonen. The stunning set and lighting design by Saarinen’s long-time collaborator, Bessie-award winner Mikki Kunttu, are complemented by insightful costumes from one of Finland’s leading fashion designers, Teemu Muurimäki.
Source: Chaillot, Théâtre national de la danse
Dancer-choreographer Tero Saarinen began his career as a dancer at the Finnish National Ballet in 1985. His solo career took off in 1988, after he won first prize in contemporary section of the “Concours International de Danse de Paris”. Despite his success as a soloist, he left the Finnish National Ballet in 1992 to seek new influences in contemporary dance in Western Europe and Japan, where he studied traditional Japanese dance and Butoh from 1992 to 1993. He has worked with several internationally renowned choreographers and is still considered one of the world's most significant dancers of his generation.
Saarinen has made more than 30 creations during his career. He founded his own group in 1996 as a canvas for his choreographic work. Apart from his work for Tero Saarinen Company and teaching his movement technique, his handiwork can also be seen in the premieres commissioned by several other prominent dance groups.
As a choreographer Saarinen is known for his unique movement language that plays with balance, and off-balance. Influences ranging from Butoh and martial arts to classical ballet and Western contemporay dance 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 visu als, and often, live music.
Source : Tero Saarinen Company 's website
Louise Narboni was born in 1978. After studies in Cinema and operatic singing, she turned to shooting musical films. She is also a musical script, assistant to Opera direction and film editor, most notably on Jean-Paul Civeyrac' films, "Filles en noir" (2010) and "Malika s’est envolée" (2008). Her work includes: in 2011, Brahms 's "Concerto for piano n°2", Dvorak's "Symphony n°5", by the Paris Orchestra and Leif Ove Andsnes, "Les Contes du chat perché", opéra rural, directed by Caroline Gauthier, music by Jean-baptiste Singier (Arte).
Source : Les films de l'air website
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Satu Halttunen, Satu Halttunen
Tero Saarinen Company - Ima Iduozee, Mikko Lampinen, Jarkko Lehmus, Pekka Louhio, Jussi Nousiainen, Heikki Vienola, Won Won-Myeong
CRÉDITS MUSICAUX CHESTER MUSIC LTD CONCERT ÉTUDE FOR SOLO HORN : ESAPEKKA SALONEN & ESA TAPANI (COR SOLO), JASEMUSIIKKI OY OCM48079889 / FOREIGN BODIES : ESA-PEKKA SALONEN & FINNISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON CD477 5375 / VIOLIN CONCERTO : ESA-PEKKA SALONEN & LEILA JOSEFOWICZ (VIOLON) & FINNISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 479 0628
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work
Tero Saarinen Company (Finland) en collaboration avec Helsinki Festival (Finland) et Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Étienne (France)
Production / Coproduction of the video work
24 images, Mezzo, France Télévisions