Tero Saarinen Company & HeBo: Third Practice

Contemporary dance

Now available online: new work by Tero Saarinen Company and Helsinki Baroque Orchestra!

With Third Practice, choreographer Tero Saarinen brings new dimensions to the music of Claudio Monteverdi, known as a radical innovator of opera. The composer’s stunningly beautiful, revolutionary madrigals are interpreted by tenor Topi Lehtipuu, virtual soprano Núria Rial, Tero Saarinen Company’s dancers, and Helsinki Baroque Orchestra directed by Aapo Häkkinen.

The director and main camera operator of the multi-camera production, shot at the Finnish National Opera using film-grade equipment, was Thomas Freundlich of Lumikinos Production. Freundlich is a leading exponent of dance film and was also a member of the production’s artistic workgroup.

The digital premiere of Third Practice is on Friday, March 19, 2021, and the work will be available until April 6. TikettiStream viewers will be the first to get to experience the content, before the recording goes on to international distribution on TV. With a streaming ticket you can also see a discussion with the artists, in which choreographer Tero Saarinen, musical director Aapo Häkkinen, tenor Topi Lehtipuu and dancer Annika Hyvärinen are interviewed by Iiris Autio.

Third Practice received its world premiere as an international co-production at Festival Monteverdi in Cremona, Italy, in 2019. The much-awaited Helsinki premiere at the Almi Hall, Finnish National Opera, was cancelled twice due to the corona pandemic: in June 2020 and March 2021.

Choreography & Concept: Tero Saarinen
Music: Claudio Monteverdi
Music direction, Arrangement: Aapo Häkkinen
Lighting design: Eero Auvinen (TTT-Theatre)
Projection design: Thomas Freundlich
Costume design: Erika Turunen
Sound design: Marco Melchior
Choreographer’s Assistants: Henrikki Heikkilä, Satu Halttunen

Virtual soloist (soprano) Núria Rial
Soloist (tenor) Topi Lehtipuu
Dancers | Tero Saarinen Company Jenna Broas, Natasha Lommi, Annika Hyvärinen, David Scarantino, Eero Vesterinen, Pekka Louhio
Musicians | Helsinki Baroque Orchestra Julien Martin (recorder), Aira Maria Lehtipuu (violin), Anthony Marini (violin) Mikko Perkola (viola da gamba), Eero Palviainen (theorbo), Aapo Häkkinen (harpsichord)

Original production: Tero Saarinen Company supported by Jane & Aatos Erkko Foundation (Finland) In collaboration with Fondazione Teatro Amilcare Ponchielli (Italy). With thanks to Rassegna di Danza & Festival Monteverdi (Fondazione Teatro A. Ponchielli, Cremona, Italy), ATER – Associazione Teatrale Emilia Romagna (Italy), Kuopio Dance Festival (Finland), Stoa (Finland), the Finnish National Theatre and TTT-Theatre (Finland)

Streaming production: Tero Saarinen Company in collaboration with Thomas Freundlich / Lumikinos Production

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