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“A hallucinated dream with futuristic touches… a nice surprise, magic on stage… a daring piece on every level”


Le Devoir, Canada

Ultra-cool existentialism from two masterly Finnish performers


A one-of-a-kind encounter with two magnetic Nordic Stars

Tero Saarinen (Concept/Choreography/Dance)
A constant searcher for varied forms of expression, choreographer-dancer Saarinen reaches out to traditional Japanese dance and Butoh, classical ballet, and martial arts in his spirited contemporary creations. He has collaborated with the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT1), Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company, and Lyon Opéra Ballet, among others, producing more than 40 works to date.

Kimmo Pohjonen (Concept/Music)
Fearless and impressively energetic (even swimming in glaciers in winter), Pohjonen is a revolutionary master accordionist. Variously referred to as the Jimi Hendrix and Björk of the accordion, he muscularly metamorphoses its lilting image with his electrified, custom-made instrument into a raging, engaging new presence.

(Dance + music + visual effects)n ≥ 100% apocalyptic artistry



Photos: Perttu Saksa, Mikki Kunttu


Lighting and Set Design


Mikki Kunttu

Costume Design


Teemu Muurimäki

Sound Design


Tuomas Norvio

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Tero Saarinen Company


Since its founding in 1996, Tero Saarinen Company has captivated audiences and critics alike in 40 countries across six continents. They have performed at prestigious venues such as BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) and The Joyce Theater in New York, Théâtre National de Chaillot and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Besides performing, the company also runs a global training programme, engages international dance companies in Helsinki, presents community outreach projects as well as co-productions and commissions. Its collaborators include Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT1), Batsheva Dance Company, Lyon Opéra Ballet, The National Dance Company of Korea, and Finnish National Opera and Ballet.


Tero Saarinen
(Artistic Director/Dancer/Choreographer)


Tero Saarinen has had a distinguished international career both as dancer and choreographer. He has made more than 40 creations, for Tero Saarinen Company and other prominent dance groups.

Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT1), Batsheva Dance Company (Israel), Ballet Gulbenkian (Portugal), Lyon Opéra Ballet (France), Opéra National de Lorraine (France), Ballet National de Marseille (France), Göteborg Opera Ballet (Sweden), National Dance Company of Korea (South Korea) and many others have featured Tero’s works in their repertoires. Jean Sibelius’ “Kullervo” (2015), Tero’s latest piece, is a collaborative effort with the Finnish National Opera and Ballet.

As a choreographer Tero is known for his unique movement language, “an inventive mixture of grotesqueness and beauty” that plays with balance and off-balance. His internationally acclaimed choreographies have often been described as “total artworks”. He has received numerous acknowledgements both in Finland and abroad, such as the Finland Prize (2001); the International Movimentos Dance Prize for Best Male Performer in Germany (2004); Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the Ministry of Culture in France (2004); the Pro Finlandia medal (2005); and an award for his achievements from the Finnish Cultural Foundation (2008).


Kimmo Pohjonen,
(accordionist)


Kimmo Pohjonen is known as a revolutionist of accordion music. With his custom made electrified and MIDI-fied instrument, as well as different voices, lights, sounds and other effects, he creates captivating performance experiences.

During his career, Pohjonen has toured the world performing at over 600 international festivals and venues such as BAM Next Wave, Sydney Festival, the WOMAD, Queen Elizabeth Hall and The Proms at Royal Albert Hall London, to name a few.

The Finnish musician and composer received his Master’s degree in music from the Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department. Pohjonen has worked with musicians such as drummer Pat Mastelotto and Warr guitarist Trey Gunn of King Crimson, jazz drummer Eric Echampard and Kronos Quartet.

Pohjonen has also collaborated with choreographer and prima ballerina Minna Tervamäki and composed music for feature films. Pohjonen has received two consecutive five-year grants from the State of Finland for his artistic work. In 2012, Pohjonen was awarded a Pro Finlandia medal from the President of Finland for his efforts in the arts, and in 2016 he received the Finland State Award for multidisciplinary art.

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    For Finnish dancer-choreographer Tero Saarinen, dance is an attempt to understand the different facets of human nature – friendship, love, the power of the spirit – and to reach the unspoken, unexplained, and unnamed. Rooted with Wings follows the internationally acclaimed artist over a five-year period from 2014-18, incorporating exclusive footage from backstage and shows around the world to provide a fascinating glimpse of what lies behind Tero’s amazing dance moves and creativity.

    Director: Thomas Freundlich
    Finland | 2018 | 53 mins
    In English and Finnish with English subtitles





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    Film director Thomas Freundlich pays homage to the virtuoso physical performances and melancholy comedy of silent screen classics, with his tale of a lonely ice fisherman who discovers his frozen prehistoric soul brother and decides to defrost him for a party. The multi-award-winning work intriguingly blends multiple levels of time and reality into a cinematic and kinetic exploration of alienation, dependency, and friendship.

    Director: Thomas Freundlich
    Music: Kimmo Pohjonen

    Finland | 2016 | 9 mins
    No dialogue

    26.10 Sat 11am
    1.11 Fri 7pm
    Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum

    Fee: $60

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    Initially reluctant to take up the accordion, Kimmo Pohjonen went on to make the instrument his life’s work, not only playing it but dedicating himself to expanding the range of sounds and scope of performances that this unique instrument can undertake. Bringing together interviews, photos, videos, and other archival materials, the film offers fresh insights into Pohjonen’s pioneering 35-year career.

    Director: Kimmo Koskela
    Finland | 2012 | 86 mins
    In English and Finnish with English subtitles





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    Inspired by the elemental forces of earth, water, fire, air, and space, this short film uses a variety of choreographic themes to explore what lies beneath the surface of the mind, emotions, and our relationships. Dancers Jussi Väänänen and Katja Koukkula star in the gripping work, with a powerful score by avant-garde accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen adding to the intensity.

    Director: Thomas Freundlich
    Choreographer & Dancer: Jussi Väänänen & Katja Koukkula
    Music: Kimmo Pohjonen

    Finland | 2016 | 8 mins
    No dialogue

    26.10 Sat 7:30pm
    1.11 Fri 8:15pm
    Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum

    Fee: $60

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    How best to describe this charismatic Finnish duo? The two artists hail from different branches of the performing arts, yet together form a fizzing compound destined to create magic. In this in-depth talk, the pair share their creative pathway, decoding the innovative artistry behind the dance, accordion, and visual effects.

    Speakers: Tero Saarinen and Kimmo Pohjonen

    6.11 Wed 12:30–1:30pm
    AST916, Au Shue Hung Building, Ho Sin Hang Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University

    In English

    Free admission. Register Online

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Auditorium,
Ko Shan Theatre New Wing

8-9.11 (FRI-SAT) 8PM

SEAT PLAN
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Dance & Music

$420, $320, $240*

* Some seats may have restricted view

Approx 1 hr with no interval