TSC Third Practice nelio Kai Kuusisto
Show photographer Kai Kuusisto

Tero Saarinen Company & Helsinki Baroque Orchestra: Third Practice

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  • Schedule

    Thu 16.3.2023 at 19:00

    Fri 17.3.2023 at 19:00

    Sat 18.3.2023 at 19:00

    Wed 22.3.2023 at 19:00

    Thu 23.3.2023 at 19:00

    Fri 24.3.2023 at 19:00

  • Duration 1 h, no intermission.

Come experience the unique collaboration by Tero Saarinen Company and Helsinki Baroque Orchestra! After multiple pandemic related cancellations, the creation's eagerly awaited Helsinki premiere is finally taking place in the Erkko Hall in March.

Tero Saarinen’s magnum opus explores radical shifts in values and perspectives. Claudio Monteverdi’s revolutionary, breathtakingly beautiful madrigals are incarnated by twelve dancers and musicians, plus tenor Topi Lehtipuu and virtual soprano Núria Rial.

“I am interested in the way that, right now, we are having to recalibrate our existence and to rethink our humanity: our relationship to the world, to its changes and its history. At turning points there is always a chance of finding but sadly also of forgetting something. What inspires and touches me is the character of Monteverdi’s music, which was revolutionary in its time and which demands skill, while also being free-flowing and intimate. Amid the tumult of the world the Renaissance values that resonate in the Madrigals seem to be perpetually relevant as a way of anchoring ourselves. On the other hand, just as the composer once did with his newly created Seconda prattica, I too seek a new kind of expression – a third practice – in my choreography.”
Tero Saarinen

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See Tero Saarinen Company’s full Dance House Helsinki programme: terosaarinen.com

An ambitious union of dance and music — Unforgettable moment


Sophisticated — Fluidity and lightness required by the baroque era, transposed into Western contemporary discipline



Early Bird Tickets |Available until 15 January | A 56€ (62€) – B 44€ (49€) – C 34€ (38€)

Discount tickets| Under 25, Students, Unemployed, Civil Servants, Conscripts: B 22€ – C 16€ | Pensioners A 59€ – B 46€ – C 35€ | Groups of over 15 people A 59€ – B 46€ – C 35€.

Discount prices cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.

Read Tero Saarinen Company’s terms and conditions at: terosaarinen.com/ticket-sales. For enquiries about TSC’s tickets or their programme at Dance House Helsinki, please email the company at tickets@terosaarinen.com.

A total artwork — Magic


Choreography & Concept

Tero Saarinen


Claudio Monteverdi

Music direction, Arrangement

Aapo Häkkinen

Lighting design

Eero Auvinen

Tampereen Työväen Teatteri

Projection design

Thomas Freundlich

Costume design

Erika Turunen

Sound design

Marco Melchior

Choreographer’s Assistants

Henrikki Heikkilä, Satu Halttunen


Topi Lehtipuu

Virtual soprano

Núria Rial

Dance: Tero Saarinen Company

Elina Häyrynen, Annika Hyvärinen, Oskari Kymäläinen, Mikko Lampinen, Natasha Lommi, David Scarantino, Emmi Pennanen (understudy)

Musicians | Helsinki Baroque Orchestra

Aapo Häkkinen


Hanna Haapamäki


Aira Maria Lehtipuu


Eero Palviainen


Heidi Peltoniemi

viola da gamba

Tuomo Suni



29 May, 2019, Teatro Amilcare Ponchielli, Rassegna di Danza & Festival Monteverdi, Cremona, Italy


Tero Saarinen Company in collaboration with Fondazione Teatro Amilcare Ponchielli (Italy) 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)

Simultaneously in the 17th century, the present and the future — tenor Topi Lehtipuu’s multifaceted expression was gripping

— RONDO, 2019

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