Dancers of the National Dance Company interpreting Saarinen's choreography VORTEX on stage. Photo by PARK Hyun-keun.
Photo: PARK Hyun-keun

Tero Saarinen: VORTEX | National Dance Company of Korea

Come and experience the National Dance Company of Korea performing the Finnish premiere of Tero Saarinen’s VORTEX at Dance House Helsinki!

Bring your class to Dance House Helsinki (Tanssin talo ) and experience the National Dance Company of Korea interpreting choreographer Tero Saarinen's VORTEX! Combining dance and live music, this gesamtkunstwerk offers a unique opportunity to learn about Korean cultural traditions as well as cutting-edge contemporary dance from the perspectives of history or art subjects. Tickets for students 16/22€, free entry for teachers with their group.

TSC brings one of Asia’s leading dance companies, the National Dance Company of Korea to perform Tero Saarinen’s choreography VORTEX (2014) on 22–24 September 2022 at Tanssin talo. In the creation commissioned by the group, the primal vortex of the interface between past and present is interpreted by 25 performers. The live music, composed for VORTEX by Young-gyu Jang, is performed on stage by Be-being, an ensemble known for its innovative interpretations of the Korean musical heritage. The lighting and set design is by Mikki Kunttu and costumes are by Erika Turunen.

Tero Saarinen was the first western contemporary choreographer to work with the renowned troupe, dedicated to upholding and promoting Korean dance and musical traditions. Having achieved huge success with both audiences and critics alike, VORTEX has established itself in the repetitive repertoire one of Asia’s leading dance companies, NDCK. In addition to performing the creation in Seoul the group has also toured with the creation in other parts of Asia and Europe. It will now be seen in Finland for the first time ever.


Cultural and world heritage, Music, Theatre, dance and circus



Target groups

Grades 7–9, Upper secondary and vocational education


Koreans, contemporary dance, dance (performing arts), live music, music

Event languages

englanti, suomi

Tero Saarinen Company

Contact person

Emma Vuorinen


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