Deep Time (2017)

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 echolocating 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 humour and a sensational calm. 

Pontus and Virpi have a long collaboration, this is taken to new heights during their iconic duo which is the center piece of the work. Hui-Han, Philip and Corrado are all new dancers in the company. They have truly come in with a fresh perspective and have with great joy interpreted Virpi’s artistic directions in an intimate way. The audience sees on stage also the soprano Tua Dominique who interprets the great visionary and polymath Hildegard Von Bingens sacred songs. 

The transcending qualities of this work are enhanced by distinct and dazzling lighting designed by Tobias Hallgren. The soft and intense atmosphere of svoboda rays shifts into the architectual sharpness of cold profile and embrace the dancers movements in a magical, moving and mythical way. 

Deep Time oscillates between the deep oceans, the cloud realms of heaven and the distant edge of outer space. It is a spiritual, plentiful and humorous journey navigating the inner landscapes through music, lighting and dance. 

Choreography: Virpi Pahkinen
Performers: Pontus Sundset Granat, Philip Sundset Granat, Sakari Romero Tuurala, Corrado di Lorenzo, Hui-Han Hu Gustavsson, Virpi Pahkinen
Soprano: Tua Dominique
Music & sound design: Jonas SJöblom, Hildegard von Bingen, Roger Ludvigsen
Light design:
Tobias Hallgren (Lumination of Sweden)
Costume design: Zita Merényi
60 min
General audience
24th Nov 2017, Dansens Hus, Stockholm
On tour:
7 performers (6 dancers, 1 soprano), 1 technician
Bookings & information: Nea Granlund, Pragma Helsinki

Future tours:
2022 TBC

Past tours:
Dansens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden 2017
CINARS Biennale, Montreal, Canada 2018
Kulturhuset i Ytterjärna, Sweden 2018
Danstages Shanghai Dance Festival, China 2018
14. Internationale Tanztage, Oldenburg, Germany 2019
Bonn Opera House, Germany 2019
Amber Hall, Liepāja, Latvia 2019
Dieselverkstaden, Nacka, Sweden 2019
Sibu International Dance Festival, Malaysia 2019

Trailer of Deep Time

The works of Swedish–Finnish choreographer and dancer Virpi Pahkinen are full of secrets. Onstage, Pahkinen 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 132 cities in 46 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 – black box theatres, opera stages, art halls and outdoor festivals.

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.