Minna Tervamäki’s choreography It Sax (2010) is a composition for the dancer herself and the saxophonist Timo Lassy. It is the first collaboration between Tervamäki, dancer étoile with the Finnish National Ballet, and Lassy, an established virtuoso in the Finnish jazz scene.
Essential to It Sax is the electricity between the dancer and the musician on the stage and the reciprocal interaction between the music and the motion. In an atmosphere of a smoky jazz club, Lassy brings forth playful and tempting tones that resonate in Tervamäki’s performance. Or vice versa. Partly improvising, they both contribute to creating a joyous and flirtatious climate with a humorous air.