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Tero Saarinen Company: Hz | HUNT

  • Schedule

    Thu 31.03. 19:00

    Fri 01.04. 19:00

    Sat 02.04. 19:00

    Tue 05.04. 19:00

    Wed 06.04. 19:00

    Thu 07.04. 19:00

    Fri 08.04. 19:00

    Sat 09.04. 19:00

    Intermission 30 min.

A classic and a new creation delve into the numbing torrent of stimuli of our times

Opening season at Tanssin talo of house partner Tero Saarinen Company, one of Europe’s leading contemporary dance companies! TSC presents an exciting double bill: a new rendition of Tero Saarinen’s iconic The Rite of Spring solo HUNT (2002) combined with visiting choreographer Johanna Nuutinen’s Hz (2022), a commissioned creation for five TSC dancers.

Hz (Hertz) is TSC's first commissioned work from another choreographer. Johanna Nuutinen describes her creation as a deep dive into sound waves and underwater cacophony. The choreography for five dancers that polymorphously feeds the senses takes its audience to a place where what is heard is transformed into a total experience. In this piece sound pollution of the oceans serves as a metaphor for the current torrent of stimuli.

The second part of the evening is choreographer Tero Saarinen’s magnum opus HUNT, originally commissioned by the Venice Biennale in 2002. Saarinen performed the solo for 11 years, in a total of 83 cities and 32 countries. HUNT won praise from critics and audiences alike and is regarded as one of the most important contemporary interpretations of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite. Now, Saarinen is passing on his technically and expressionally highly demanding solo to two new dancers. Auri Ahola, who has also worked with the likes of Ohad Naharin and Jiří Kylián has collaborated with Tero Saarinen Company since 2012. Atte Kilpinen, who is currently dancing as a soloist with the Hamburg Ballet under John Neumeier, will debut with TSC in HUNT.

N.B.! These works use loud sound and strobe lights!

Read more:

Hz | HUNT Programme leaflet available online

The season’s digital evening programme includes never-before-seen footage that takes you on a tour behind the scenes! Get to know the works before the show and read the essay by cultural journalist Suna Vuori on why contemporary dance needs its classics. You can easily access the content, designed especially for mobile devices and tablets, from the link below.


“Both HZ and HUNT are a commentary on the numbing torrent of stimuli that causes us to lose ourselves. It feels as if the theme is more relevant now than ever before.”

— Tero Saarinen - Artistic Director

Tero Saarinen Company: HZ


Johanna Nuutinen

Sound design

Tuomas Norvio


Joonas Tikkanen

Costume design

Mert Otsamo


Jarkko Lehmus

Dance | Tero Saarinen Company

Elina Häyrynen, Natasha Lommi, Saida Solla, Eero Vesterinen, Riccardo Zandonà, Rehearsal Director: Satu Halttunen


Tero Saarinen Company in collaboration w/ Johanna Nuutinen +CO

Duration 40 minutes

March 31 2022, Tanssin talo, Helsinki

Tero Saarinen Company: HUNT


Tero Saarinen


Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Lighting and Set Design

Mikki Kunttu


Marita Liulia

Costume Design

Erika Turunen


Auri Ahola, Atte Kilpinen, Rehearsal Director: Henrikki Heikkilä

Auri Ahola: 31.3./ 1.4./2.4./5.4. Atte Kilpinen: 6.4. / 7.4. / 8.4. / 9.4.

Original Production

Tero Saarinen Company in collaboration with Venice Biennial (Italy) and Octobre en Normandie (France)


June 2 2002, Venice Biennial, Italy


35 minutes

Tero Saarinen Company's performances at Tanssin talo have been supported by

Jane & Aatos Erkko Foundation, anonymous donor

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