MORPHED. Tero Saarinen Company. Choreography Tero Saarinen. Music Esa-Pekka Salonen
“Movement is a perpetual source of inspiration for me. In my works I aim to create a living, multi-layered,powerfully expressive movement that rises up from primal wellsprings. In this new work I particularly wanted to play around with opposing forces and frictions. The last work that I choreographed solely for men –my group’s first piece, and one still in our repertoire: Westward Ho! – came of age in 2014.
Eighteen years on, I felt a need to bring together men of different ages and various dance backgrounds, this time to address themes such as change and sensuality. I cannot deny that reaching half a century and having a performing career of more than 30 years behind me have influenced my desire specifically to use the art of dance to deal with the shifting, mutating feelings that a man experiences. When I was looking for music for the piece, I came across Esa-Pekka Salonen’s compositions Concert etude for solo horn (2000), Foreign Bodies (2001) and Violin Concerto (2009). What inspired me in them, apart from their kinetic quality, was the way in which they switch from brutally aggressive to soft.
Salonen’s music has provided a thought – provoking, multi-dimensional initial spark for dealing with the manifold emotions and virtuosity of a man – a man dancing. Undaunted by the extremes of sensitivity and heroism, and all that lies between, I and these seven dancers have aspired to the boundlessness of the expressive power of the human body, liberating movement – and to be a man.“ – Tero Saarinen