Tiina Lindfors is one of the founding members of Dance Theatre ERI. During the course of her career, she has choreographed 80 productions. A typical characteristic of Lindfors’ career is that composers and orchestras have sought to do cooperation with her; namely, the composer Mikko Heiniö, with whom she has five major collaborative works in modern music and choreography.
Eleven of Lindfors’ choreographies have been made into television productions, many of which have represented Finland in the Prix Italia and Golden Prague contests. Lindfors has performed in 20 countries with nearly 250 guest performances. Prior to Dance Theatre ERI for instance Finnish National Ballet and Estonia Ballet ordered choreographies from her.
Lindfors has been awarded with the Finnish Culture Fund Prize in 1999, the Svenska Kulturfonden prize in 2005, the Villa Karo bronze statue in 2011, the Pro Dance prize in 1987 and the Finnish Prize in 1995.
Lassi Sairela and Eeva Soini
Lassi Sairela and Eeva Soini are founding members of Dance Theatre ERI. They have worked together succesfully since 1990. Together they have made almost 50 choreographies, many of which have been made into television productions. Typical characteristic for Sairela´s and Soini´s choreographies is eccentric and intelligent humor as well as combining different art forms.
Their latest works include, for example, Kiitorata (2012), Sekahaku (2010) and Separated (2009). In addition, Sairela and Soini have made many productions with Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, for example Night to Modest Musorsgky´s Night on Bald Mountain and choreographies Miraculous Mandarin and Wooden Prince to Béla Bartók´s music.
Young and skillful dancers Jukka Kontusalmi, Toni Laakkonen and Hanna-Kaisa Rajala are also part of Dance Theatre ERI.