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Deep Time

Virpi Pahkinen Dance Company


Monday 19 Sept | 8pm | No intermission
Tuesday 20 Sept | 8pm | No intermission

Duration: 1h

Place: Tour à Plomb

To understand evolution and ourselves, we must think further our short lifetime. Deep Time explores the line between human, non-human; past and present, bats’ frequencies and marimba techno.

Deep Time moves in music’s archaeology, as well as in its vibrant contemporary. From the bronchial melancholic primal sounds and Hildegard of Bingen’s sacred songs, to shimmering marimba techno. Composer Jonas Sjöblom plays with the call of sonar echo locating bats. The dancers appear as zoomorphic figures from the layers of time; mermaids turn into riding lizards – paper angels to bionic birds. Pahkinen’s ensemble is a dynamic group both in age and background. Together they depict coral reefs, lean god-like tricksters and shimmering saints in a temple glowing with warmth. The choreography offers underwater humor and a sensational calm. It is a spiritual, plentiful and humorous journey navigating the inner landscapes through music, lighting, and dance.
The performance on Tuesday the 20th is followed by an after-show talk hosted by Maria Kakogianni. More information below.

CHOREOGRAPHY Virpi Pahkinen | DANCERS Pontus Sundset Granat, Hui-Han Hu Gustavsson, Victor Persson, Corrado Di Lorenzo, Virpi Pahkinen | COMPOSITION Jonas Sjöblom | COSTUME DESIGN Zita Merényi Provo-CUT™ | ADDITIONAL MUSIC Ave Maria, O eterna Deus by Hildegard Von Bingen (1098-1179), Meretseger by Roger Ludvigsen | SOPRANO Tua Dominique | LIGHT DESIGN Tobias Hallgren – Lumination of Sweden | COSTUME DESIGN Zita Merényi Provo-CUT™ | LIGHT TECHNICIAN Niklas Glahns | MANAGER Gita Mallik
The works of Swedish/Finnish choreographer and dancer Virpi Pahkinen are full of secrets. On stage, she sometimes embodies a spiritual warrior, a spectral gardener, or a shaman in metamorphosis. Pahkinen is well known for her stunningly chiseled shapes and almost otherworldly moves that act like an incantation – creating a mysterious, meditative atmosphere. Pahkinen’s work has been performed to critical acclaim in 140 cities in 48 countries. Among her many collaborators transcending the artistic borders are the famous theatre director Ingmar Bergman, and the world-renowned clarinetist Martin Fröst. In 2011 Pahkinen was awarded the Swedish royal medal Litteris et Artibus, for her outstanding artistic contributions as a dancer and choreographer. She was also awarded the City of Stockholm’s Cullberg Prize in 2014.
After show talk
Following the performance of Deep Time by the Virpi Pahkinen Dance Company, a meeting between the audience and the artists will be directed by Maria Kakogianni. Maria Kakogianni is a text worker and philosopher. In her work, she plays with phictions, mixtures and infusions between philosophy and different fictions, political, artistic, scientific, intimate.
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