Virpi Pahkinen | BLACK RAINBOW
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BLACK RAINBOW

BLACK RAINBOW

This is a night dive into Virpi Pahkinen´s poetic dance world. A black liquid mirror with many possibilities of the human body. The beauty of transformation. The halo of hidden light. A high-spirited stretch for imagination,

The space is yours now. This is an invitation to interpretation: See the silver camel in transformation, Take a walk with a smiling madonna playing with dark energy. To the sounds of a wind gong and a sacral choir the super spider with its eight limbs changes into a dreaming octopus. A glamorous trio of strange birds chatter on point shoes and suddenly the agile youngsters pop in like a runaway alphabet from the hip hop dictionary. A bare foot yogi pensively writes calligraphy in the air. At the end of the rainbow there awaits a soothing treasure, a lullaby echoing light.

This is a choreography with old soul wisdom, still it is entertaining and edgy, a fresh dialogue with the unknown, hopefull and bathing in the paradoxical luminescence, that of a black rainbow.

REVIEW

“The title “Black rainbow” leads thoughts towards an existential thriller, and it is true that the first elements are brilliantly suggestive. On the floor a four-headed body in black appears with distinct tentacles of hands and feet. Slowly, the creature is transformed into an octopus, Shiva, the sun, and divides into two arcs.”
“Once more – as in “Deep time” in 2017 and “Monolit polygon” in 2018 – Pahkinen works with percussionist, flautist and multi-instrumentalist Jonas Sjöblom. From one edge of the stage he creates echoing, spherical, nature-inspired, rhythmical, club-like soundscapes closely woven in with the dance, marking each new tableau by beating a gong. “
“Yes we are in Virpi land: musical, mystical and saturated with a beauty that tends to the sacral. Few dance artists have such a finely chiselled signature and stage persona, nor such integrity.”

“Harmony is found at the end – surprisingly enough with singing by Virpi Pahkinen, whose clear voice sweepingly, like the light, unites heaven and earth. Flow.”

Anna Ångström, Svenska Dagbladet
PHOTOGRAPHER: José Figueroa
CHOREOGRAPHY

Virpi Pahkinen

DANCERS

Pontus Sundset Granat, Sofia Sangregorio, Victor Persson, Emmi Pennanen, Sakari Romero Tuurala, Virpi Pahkinen

COMPOSITION

Jonas Sjöblom

ADDITIONAL MUSIC

Luca V. Lorusso, Horizon, piece for vibraphone with song arr. by Virpi Pahkinen

LIGHT DESIGN

Tobias Hallgren – Lumination of Sweden

COSTUME DESIGN

Virpi Pahkinen

MAKE UP DESIGN

Tuija Valén

PRODUCER

Gita Mallik – Virpi Pahkinen Dance Company

LENGTH

1 hour

WORLD PREMIERE

was held under the circumstances of the pandemic for only a handful of spectators and one journalist 18th November 2020 Dansens Hus big stage, Stockholm