Tiina Lindfors is one of the founder members of Dance Theatre ERI. Her career has been characterised by several requests from composers and orchestras to work in cooperation with her. Five significant works have been produced in cooperation with the composer Mikko Heiniö. As a choreographer, Lindfors often takes a stand, and emphasises that dance can create change by means of theatre. Lindfors’ dances and choreographies have been performed throughout the Nordic countries and elsewhere in Europe, in Asia, America and Africa.
Lindfors is a popular lecturer and writes columns for Turun Sanomat, the largest daily paper in Western Finland. She works vigorously to promote the Swedish language and bilingualism in Finland.
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Lassi began his career as a dancer when he joined a ballet school, but since he was the only boy attending classes, he dropped out after only a week. Later, competitive dance stole Lassi’s heart and after 8 years and 2 Finnish championship medals, Lassi became a professional. Lassi is one of ERIs founding members and works at the theatre both as a dancer and choreographer. He works mostly with Eeva Soini.
Eeva graduated as a dancer from Tallinn Ballet School and has since danced in several different companies, including the Finnish National Ballet. Eeva is one of ERI’s founding members and works both as a dancer and choreographer. Eeva works mostly with Lassi Sairela and together they’ve choreographed almost 60 pieces for Dance Theatre ERI. Their work is characterised by intelligent humour and distinctive movements.
Producer Maarit Keto-Seppälä has several decades of experience in producing, marketing, communications and development. She worked many years producing and marketing big events for the City of Turku as well as working as a communications officer. She started at ERI in December 2014.
Laura graduated as a dancer from the Art Academy at Turku University of Applied Sciences. Alongside her studies at the Art Academy, she studied at the highly regarded Institut del Teatre in Barcelona for six months.
Laura first came into contact with Dance Theatre ERI when she did her work experience as an assistant to Tiina during the piece Ilta (‘Evening’, 2015). She has been working at ERI since 2016. Laura has worked many years as a dance teacher for both children and adults.
Multitalented Toni is originally from Nilsiä. His enthusiasm for dance arose in middle school, and after high school Toni was accepted into the Finnish National Opera Ballet School. Since his graduation Toni has danced in the Finnish National Ballet, Savonlinna Opera Festival and in the Small Finnish Ballet Company. His post with Dance Theatre ERI is his first permanent attachment.
Toni started working at ERI in the beginning of 2011. He is cheerful and talented, and also masters pointe technique.
James McNamara graduated from Millennium Performing Arts in London in the year 2000, and after that he has worked with many different companies such as the Berlin Dance Company, Disneyland Paris, Grange Park Opera House and Pro Santa in Rovaniemi, among others.
His background stems from classical ballet, but he includes many other styles such as Latin American, contemporary dance, tap and jazz. James began working at ERI in 2015.
James is responsible for the choreographies of Alice in Wonderland and Pinocchio.
Lighting designer Mari Agge worked as a freelancer for a long time, but settled down with ERI in the autumn of 2019. She has wide experience within the performing arts and has designed lighting for a variety of events from opera to rock festivals.
Mari has worked at different professional theatres, in theatre groups and dance theatres both in Finland and abroad. She has also taught many classes on the subject.
Tuula Bergqvist has a Master of Arts degree. She has taught design at a variety of educational levels and has been involved in costume design in several theatres and theatre productions in different parts of Finland. Her artistic practice and need to work with her hands has resulted in many costume collaborations with Dance Theatre ERI over the years.
Dancer Nea Vuotinen has been a guest performer at Dance Theatre ERI since the autumn of 2020. She has performed in, among other things, JukeboXin salat (‘The Secrets of the JukeboX’) and Pinocchio.
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