Hz

31.3.-9.4.2022 at Dance House Helsinki in collaboration with Tero Saarinen Company.
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Hz, a new work by choreographer Johanna Nuutinen and her artistic team, takes the audience on a deep dive that moves them on a cellular level to the lowest levels of sound waves – into a zone where hearing becomes experiencing. Hz is a commissioned work for Tero Saarinen Company.
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‘Noise … is both a thing and a relationship between things.’

Aaron Cassidy and Aaron Einbond, 2013

‘Noise … disrupts the organization of the organs. It transforms the organs into a thousand ears, the ears into a vibrating, fluttering drum skin.’

Marie Thompson, 2012

Water transfers the vibrations of sound much more effectively than air. Soundwaves concretely move the water and all being in the water and made out of water. We are water and of water: on average 60% of the human body is water and before their birth humans spend nine months in water. In water sound quality becomes movement quality. Sound can move, tear, shake and soothe us on a cellular level.

In choreographer Johanna Nuutinen’s work Hz underwater sound pollution acts as a metaphor for a modern world where masses of sensory stimuli constantly surge over and through us creating nervous stress and overwhelming quieter inner signals. Hz brings the viewer-experiencer in the middle of the sound creating a strong kinesthetic, auditory and visual experience through virtuosic dance, expansive visuality and deeply moving soundscape.

Hz is Tero Saarinen Company’s first commission from a choreographer outside of the company. The work is set to premiere at Tanssin Talo’s Erkko Hall in 2022 as part of a double bill featuring a TSC classic – to be announced later. Hz is the second part of a series of works by choreographer Johanna Nuutinen which explores senses and sensory experiences.

The creative team of the work consists of Nuutinen’s long-term collaborators and new acquaintances. At the core of the creative team are sound designer Tuomas Norvio, scenographer Joonas Tikkanen, fashion artist and costume designer Mert Otsamo, dramaturg Jarkko Lehmus and dance artists Natasha Lommi, Elina Häyrynen, Saida Solla, Eero Vesterinen and Riccardo Zandona.