Finland’s Tero Saarinen Company last appeared in London in 2008 with Next of Kin, a piece widely regarded as deeply unsettling. It featured ghoulish makeup and costuming, the kind of theatrics Saarinen is so fond of.
By comparison, Morphed appears rather tame. However, the pleasure Saarinen takes in creating this brand of indefinable work is still evident in this intense slice of interplay among a band of seven performers.
Morphed premiered in Helsinki in 2014, has toured internationally since and has now reached the Riverside Terrace in front of the Royal Festival Hall building as one of the many elements of the Southbank’s Nordic Matters festival. It examines the relationships between its cast members using Saarinen’s signature style of choreography, which blends brutal and aggressive movements with …
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