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FROM LAKES TO CITYSCAPES

Virpi Pahkinen, one of Scandinavia’s most successful solo dancers, studied classical music and figure skating before concentrating on dance. As a teenager growing up in Jyväskylä, in central Finland, she practiced figure skating on a nearby lake. “When the lake was free of snow, I could dance at night alone under the full moon… The lake was black and shiny. It was freezing cold, but magical, like one was at home in the universe.” 

 

During a typical day of Virpi’s Stockholm life, you might find her in the studio, rehearsing with 25 dancers, sitting at a bohemian café discussing literature, or possibly she has just disappeared to a nearby forest looking for mushrooms. 

 

When asked about her hairstyle – a monk-like shaved head, bare, expect for a few long braids, Virpi often tells a story about a young hip-hopper who upon seeing her, broke his bouncing stride and approached her after a performance in Houston, Texas. Taking off his headphones, looking perplexed, the stranger asks: “Are you from the future?”

T O U R I N G  T H E  W O R L D

BARCELONA  NEW YORK  TOKYO  HOUSTON  LJUBLJANA  MONACO  SINGAPORE  MEXICO CITY  JERUSALEM  HANOI  VIITASAARI  COPENHAGEN  STOCKHOLM  OULU  MONTRÉAL  ALEXANDRIA  HAPARANDA  VILNIUS  KUOPIO  DAKAR  PARIS  MALMÖ  LISBON  MADRID  LONDON  ATHENS  FLORENS  BEIJING  JOHANNESBURG  + 99  TILL . . .

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“What resulted was a dramatically intense
and increasingly erotic battle of wills.”
New York Times, USA

REPERTOIRE
– 2019 –

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Marita Liulia, Carl Thorborg
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