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Show photographer Perttu Saksa

Tero Saarinen & Kimmo Pohjonen: Breath

  • 3 performances


  • Duration

    1 h 5 min (no intermission)

  • Venue

    Erkko Hall

  • Tickets

    56-16 €

  • Performance times

    6.6. & 7.6. at 7 PM

    8.6. at 2 PM

    Duration 1 h 5 min (no intermission).


Two globally acclaimed Finnish artists, choreographer-dancer Tero Saarinen and accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen, take measure of each other on stage, composing a power web of sound and movement.

Live music, dance and visuals intertwine to create wild forms and mythical images – infused by Beckett-inspired existentialism and absurd humour.

The duet is further enhanced by Mikki Kunttu’s stage and lighting design, fashion designer Teemu Muurimäki’s costumes and Tuomas Norvio’s imaginative sound design.

Breath is a study of expanding the limits of artistry and the importance of truly and openly connecting with one another. In this creation, two artists with strong individual voices collide, resulting in something new, something bigger than the sum of their parts.

“Ultimately, to me, Breath is about the importance of communication and acceptance. How we try to shield ourselves and our privacy in the most absurd and comical ways, while longing for new experiences and encounters with other people”, says Tero Saarinen.

After the performance on Friday 7 June, an artist discussion in the Erkko Hall. Saturday 8 June will mark a special birthday performance, as the performers' birthdays are celebrated - welcome to raise a glass for Tero and Kimmo at Dance House Helsinki's Lobby!

”A gigantic work accomplished brilliantly, a surrealist and sometimes apocalyptic essay — Sublime!” ★★★★★
- Séquences (Canada, 2018)

The performances are organized by Tero Saarinen Company.

Breath is earthmoving, all-encompassing and impressive through all the senses.”

— Kaleva

Ticket information

Tickets | A 56€ – B 49€ – C 38€
Discount tickets | Under 25, Students, Unemployed, Civil Servants, Conscripts: B 22€ – C 16€
Professional ticket | A 28€ – B 25€ – C 19€. Purchase limit one ticket. Please be prepared to present a certificate entitling you to a discount. Read more.
Pensioners I A 53€ – B 46€ – C 35€
Groups of over 15 people I A 51€ – B 44 € – C 34 €

Pay What You Can | A small number of "Pay What You Can" tickets are also on sale for the performance. PWYC tickets are available at the Cable Factory's info point, and online at Tero Saarinen Company's website. Read more about Pay What You Can tickets and other ticket information.

Note: To ensure good visibility to everyone, The Erkko Hall auditorium is steep. Please note that there is no lift to the upper section. Only the first row seats are fully accessible.

For enquiries about TSC’s tickets or their programme at Dance House Helsinki, please contact:


Concept: Tero Saarinen & Kimmo Pohjonen
Choreography and dance
: Tero Saarinen
Composition, arrangement, music
: Kimmo Pohjonen
Lighting and set design:
Mikki Kunttu
Costume design
: Teemu Muurimäki
Sound design, co-arrangement: Tuomas Norvio
Choreographer’s Assistant: Henrikki Heikkilä
Sound Designer’s Assistant:
Sami Tammela

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