Virpi Pahkinen Dance Company
About Deep Time
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.
Deep Time was praised by the Swedish press for creating a fantastial world stretching from prehistoric times into the future and populated by gods, animal-like beings and humans.
Deep Time is easily adjusted to different stages. It can be performed at big venues like the opera houses, black box theatres and even outdoors. In 2019 we travelled with Deep Time from the Bonn Opera House to Great Amber Hall in Liepäjä, Latvia and to the unconventional space of the former riding stable Exerciehalle in Oldenburg.
This fall (2020) it was supposed to be staged in the the amphitheatre in a park in Stockholm – an event that would have drawn an audience of approximately 3000 people of all ages. Deep Time requires no extra cargo as all set design and costumes are carried by the artists.
About Virpi Pahkinen Dance Company
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.
Choreography Virpi Pahkinen
Dancers Pontus Sundset Granat, Sakari Romero Tuurala, Philip Sundset Granat, Corrado Di Lorenzo, Hui-Han Hu Gustavsson, Virpi Pahkinen
Composition Jonas Sjöblom
Soprano and co-composer Tua Dominique
Musical elements Ave Maria, O eterna Deus by Hildegard Von Bingen (1098- 1179) and Meretseger by Roger Ludvigsen
Costume design Zita Merényi Provo-CUT™
Lighting design Tobias Hallgren (Lumination of Sweden)
Producer Ellika Lindström (Bohm Bohm Room)
Photo José Figueroa