ROOTED WITH WINGS offers an in-depth look on the career of Tero Saarinen, one of the most internationally successful dancers in Finland. The film sheds light on Saarinen’s choreographical thinking and his work with dancers. Saarinen is interested in the intersection of vulnerability and strenght, finding connection outside oneself. Safety mechanisms created in the midst of the information flood can be broken away from through dance. Saarinen talks about, for example, other horizons which can be seen past the physical reality when creating dance. In the movements, inspired by ancient rituals, the individual’s relationship towards the community is central. The film is set on a five-year period between the years of 2014–2018. Touring with the performance takes the choreographer from Paris to Finland, Korea and Kenya to Japan. The image and the philosophy of dance are intertwined into one in the hands of the experienced dance filmmaker Freundlich and told in the words of Saarinen himself. The moments spent at dance receive the focused attention they deserve, and the film also consists of new segments created for the camera.
- Tero Saarinen
- Thomas Freundlich
- Thomas Freundlich
- LUMIKINOS PRODUCTION
Thomas Freundlich (b. 1975) is among the front rank of Finland's contemporary dance filmmakers. He began his artistic career in music and lighting design, but at age 20 was inspired to become a contemporary dance choreographer. He has created more than 35 choreographic works and has received over 40 grants and awards from arts councils, foundations and festivals in Finland and internationally. Freundlich's work ranges from dance short films and documentaries to projection design for stage works and stereoscopic 3D projects. From 2012 to 2014 he was the co-artistic director of Finland's Loikka dance film festival. Freundlich's recent work as cinematographer includes the feature-length documentary HERE AND NOW (2014) about internationally renowned choreographer Tero Saarinen. Directed by Samuli Valkama, the film received its broadcast premiere on YLE TV in Finland in September 2014.