Dance Theatre ERI was founded in 1989 by the well-known Finnish dancer-choreographers Tiina Lindfors, Lassi Sairela and Eeva Soini. The group quickly became known for their original and impressive dance performances, both in Finland and abroad.
During the past thirty years, ERI has boldly created a diverse program, which includes almost 100 productions. The theatre presents approximately 130 shows per year, 3-4 of which are premiere performances. In addition to performances in Finland ERI has performed in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Austria, Greece, Turkey, the United States, Africa and Japan, altogether in 25 countries. Most of ERI’s dance performances are also televised.
The theatre has been awarded a prize from the Arts Council of Southwest Finland (1992) and in 1995 ERI received the esteemed Suomi-prize in recognition for their artistic work. Additionally, the members of the group have received numerous individual grants and awards, such as the significant grants of the Finnish Culture Foundation in 1999 and Swedish Culture Foundation in 2005 for Tiina Lindfors. Recently in 2009 the theatre was granted the Naamio -recognition prize of Turku Theatre Association.
Dance Theatre ERI’s diverse program includes numerous interesting ordered performances, from short-act performances to full evening dance productions. We perform at a range of venues, such as international festivals as well as at Finnish and international cultural events and at private occasions. Humor and wit, dance and art – contact us and ask about the alternatives ERI can offer!