HZ

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.

‘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.

CHOREOGRAPHY and DIRECTION
Johanna Nuutinen

MOVEMENT MATERIAL
Dancers lead by Johanna Nuutinen

DANCE
Natasha Lommi, Elina Häyrynen, Saida Solla, Eero Vesterinen and Riccardo Zandona.

MUSIC and SOUND DESIGN
Tuomas Norvio

SCENOGRAPHY and LIGHT DESIGN
Joonas Tikkanen

COSTUME DESIGN
Mert Otsamo

DRAMATURG and CHOREOGRAPHER´S ASSISTANT
Jarkko Lehmus

REPETITOR
Satu Halttunen