DanceHouse, in partnership with Lamondance Training and Performing Company is happy to offer a unique Workshop opportunity with Tero Saarinen Company from Finland.
Tero Saarinen Company Workshop with Henrikki Heikkilä,
When: Saturday October 28th, 2017
Time: 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Where: Lamondance - 3355 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver, BC, V7K 2H4
Investment: $20 (Cash)
Space is limited
To reserve your space and for more information please email: info[at]lamondance.com
Subject: Tero Saarinen Workshop
About the Workshop
TERO Workshop is an introduction to Tero Saarinen’s unique movement style; it gives students an overview of the holistic philosophy behind Saarinen’s technique. Teaching concentrates on the central patterns of movements that make up TERO Technique, and allows students to explore it further through a few repertoire exercises, featuring material from Saarinen’s recent creations.
The technique of the internationally acclaimed choreographer Tero Saarinen stems from awakening the senses, recognising the weight of one’s body and hence maximising the use of both balance and off-balance. Saarinen’s distinctive style fuses elements from his backgrounds in ballet, contemporary dance and a wide range of Asian traditions. Saarinen’s style has been described as “organic”, ”an inventive mixture of grotesqueness and beauty” and “butoh with wings”.
The aim of the workshop is to activate every cell and nerve ending in the body, to become fully Aware, Alert and Attentive – 360 degrees present, resonating and alive. The goal is to make full use of each dancer’s technical knowledge and explore, liberate and further nourish the potential of each individual.
Teacher: Henrikki Heikkilä
“My goal is to reach a state of awareness where even the skin is curious and alive.”
– Tero Saarinen
Rehearsing Director, Dancer
photo | Tanja Ahola
Henrikki Heikkilä has had an exceptionally long and remarkable career as a dance artist. He has danced in numerous pieces by the most outstanding choreographers of our time, for example Rudolf Nurejev, John Neumeier, Jiři Kylian, Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, Kenneth Kvarnstrom and Jorma Uotinen. Heikkilä completed his training at the Finnish National Opera Ballet School in 1983 and was immediately hired by Ballet Royal de Wallone in Belgium. He went on to tour the world and dance with several renowned ballet and contemporary dance companies, such as Calgary City Ballet (Canada), Bat-Dor Dance Company (Israel), Ballet de France and Irish National Ballet. He returned to Finnish National Ballet in 1990. His collaboration with Tero Saarinen started in 1993 with Vajonneet, which was choreographed by Saarinen for Finnish National Ballet. Heikkilä is one of the founding members of Tero Saarinen Company and has danced in several of Saarinen’s masterpieces. Today, he is the Company’s Rehearsing Director and Choreographer’s Assistant. In 2014, he received the Finnish dramatic art medal of honour by the Central Organization of Finnish Theatre Associations for his 30-year career.