(b 4 Sept. 1964)
Finnish choreographer. He trained at the Finnish National Opera Ballet School and entered the company in 1985. Rising to the rank of soloist he nonetheless left the company in 1992, moving to Japan where he spent a year studying butoh, kabuki, and martial arts. In 1996 he founded his own company in Helsinki, eventually resident at the city's Alexander Theatre, for which he subsequently created numerous works, including Borrowed Light (2004) and Next of Kin (mus. Jarmo Saari, 2008). His style, which reflects the different idioms of his training, is intensely imagistic, often dealing with interior, visionary states. He has also created works for other companies including Nederlands Dans Theater (Frail Line, 2006 and Scheme of Things, 2009), Batsheva Dance Company, Finnish National Ballet, and Lyon Opera Ballet.
http://www.terosaarinen.com Website for the Saarinen company