Deep Time moves in music’s archaeology, as well as 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 echolocating bats. The dancers appear as zoomorphic figures from the layers of time; mermaid turns into riding lizards – paper angels to bionic birds. Virpi Pahkinen’s choreography offers underwater humour and a sensational calm.
“The choreography switches between solo, mirroring duets and groups where the dancers’ individuality merges rather than fades. Corrado Di Lorenzo becomes an elegant bird-creature with long lines; Hui-Han Hu Gustavsson has a striking softness, and veteran Pontus Sundset Granat a smooth strength out to the fingertips. […] But the evening’s big surprise is Philip Sundset Granat who, in his orange garment, gives Pahkinen’s movement vocabulary an explosive ease and energy. […] Otherwise, Deep Time is at times a meditative experience, beautifully arrayed in fashion designer Zita Merényi’s pleated and perforated costumes which elegantly emphasize the fragile and brittle in the piece. Silhouettes of meandering arms dance like shadow puppets over the backdrop. A clear and enigmatic picture of life’s metamorphosis.”Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden
“Virpi Pahkinen’s Deep Time is as surprising as it is funny, and reminds us of our own existence’s short time perspective. [Pontus Sundset Granat and Virpi Pahkinen’s] duet is a bit of the evening’s clou, together with the stage where a dancing Shiva dissolves into four (!) figures derived from Indonesian shadow theatre. Fantastic. […] Many probably remember the 11-year-old child Sakari Romero Tuurala (below) from Volti Subito who now, two years later, is not nor is assigned to the role of the show’s child or “the future.” His comparatively delicate figure is certainly eye-catching, but his expression is mature, strong and nicely woven into the performance.”Dagens Nyheter, Sweden
“When you reach the deepest state of the dance you are beyond words. The body turns into a question mark and dives into the unknown to be in dialogue with the universe”
“The works of Swedish/Finnish choreographer and dancer Virpi are full of secrets. Onstage, she sometimes bodies 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 over 70 cities in over 45 countries around the world.
Other than being commissioned by several companies such as Ballet Poznanski, Vietnamese National Opera Ballet, North 59° and Finnish National Opera Ballet, Pahkinen’s dance pieces have been staged on a vast list of venues – Mongolian steppes, opera stages, and floating bridges to name a few.
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.
The magic of Virpi Pahkinen’s expression lies in the intense presence and interpersonal connection with audiences all over the world. With humour and gravity, Virpi Pahkinen’s choreographies offer to lead the way to new, deeper insights.”
PRODUCER Gita Mallik