Rooted with Wings (2018)

Dance is my attempt to understand human nature and its many manifestations – friendship, love, the power of the spirit. With my dance, I try to reach the unspoken, the unexplained, the unnamed. I believe in dance that touches, dance that speaks for itself.

Tero Saarinen

Rooted with Wings is a visual dance documentary that explores the work of internationally acclaimed choreographer and dancer Tero Saarinen, granting the viewer a unique impression of this extraordinary artist’s creative process. Featuring stunningly captured dance sequences and behind-the-scenes material from around the globe, the film brings to light how Saarinen’s dance works evolve from an idea or concept into a finished performance.

The film follows Saarinen over a five-year period from 2014 to 2018, through several premieres of new works and tours in Finland, France, Korea, Kenya and the US, while bringing to light his approach to his life as a global nomad in dance.

Director Thomas Freundlich is one of the leading practitioners in Finland’s vibrantly growing independent dance film scene. His work has been seen at dozens of film festivals worldwide as well as broadcast TV both in Finland and internationally.

Production notes

Director Thomas Freundlich and dancer Tero Saarinen will be present at the screening on 24 September at Maxim 2 at 18.45.

  • Orig. title: Rooted with Wings
  • Language: Finnish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: Lumikinos Production
  • Cinematography: Thomas Freundlich
  • Editing: Thomas Freundlich