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Virpi Pahkinen Dance Company


Deep Time

Date(s) & Time(s): Saturday May 30, 8:00 PM
Duration: 60 minutes without intermission
Location: Cowell Theater

Ticket Information

Early Bird: $15
Advanced: $25
At the Door: $28 

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Production Credits

Artistic DirectorVirpi Pahkinen
ComposerJonas Sjöblom
Light DesignerTobias Hallgren
CostumerZita Mérenyi


Funded in part bySwedish Arts Council, City of Stockholm, Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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Work Sample


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. Deep Time offers underwater humour and a sensational calm. Swedish/Finnish choreographer Virpi Pahkinen is well known for her stunningly chiseled shapes and almost otherworldly moves that act like an incantation – creating a mysterious, meditative atmosphere.

Virpi Pahkinen Dance Company

Pahkinen’s work has been performed to critical acclaim in over 130 cities in over 45 countries. Deep Time performed at Tanztage Oldenburg, at the Bonn Opera House and Great Amber Hall in Latvia in 2019. Pahkinen’s dance pieces have been staged on a vast list of venues – from opera stages to Mongolian steppes. Among her many collaborators 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. She was also awarded the City of Stockholm’s Cullberg Prize in 2014.


Virpi Pahkinen (Choreographer and Dancer)
Virpi Pahkinen is one of Scandinavia’s most successful solo dancers. With humour and gravity, Pahkinen’s choreographies offer to lead the way to new, deeper insights. She is well known for her stunningly chiseled shapes and almost otherworldly moves that act like an incantation – creating a mysterious, meditative atmosphere. The magic of Virpi Pahkinen’s expression lies in the intense presence and interpersonal connection with audiences all over the world. Before turning to dance and choreography she studied classical music and figure skating.

Tua Åberg (Coloratura Soprano)
Tua is educated at the Royal Opera Academy in Stockholm. She has sung parts as Fiakermilli in Arabella, Yniold in Pelleas and Melisande at the Royal Opera, and performed nationally at opera stages around Sweden, and her international engagemenst includes performing at the Festspiele in Salzburg.

Lorenzo Corrado (Dancer)
Corrado received his bachelor in “Ballet Pedagogy” at AMTII (Academy of Music and Dance Art) in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. As a professional dancer he has been working at Sofia National Opera and ballet, where he danced in all the repertoire of the company as corpus de ballet and demi soloist in some production such as: “In the Middle Somewhat Elevated”, “Swan Lake”, Sleeping Beauty” and others.

Hui-Han Hu (Dancer)
Hui-Han Hu was born in Taiwan and is a professional dancer, choreographic creator and dance educator. She started with Chinese classical dance and Chinese folk dance at a dance school as a teenager, touring Europe as well as a number of Asian countries. She is a dancer and dance educator with a degree from both Taipei Physical Education College (Taipei, Taiwan) and Dance and Circus University (Stockholm, Sweden).

Pontus Sundset Granat (Dancer)
During 2009–2013, Pontus danced with company Ballet Am Rhein under the leadership of Martin Schläpfer in Düsseldorf, Germany, where he danced in works by Hans van Manen, Regine van Berkel, Jiří Kylián, Nils Christie, Amanda Miller, Mats Ek and Martin Schläpfer. He has worked with choreographers such as Josef Sturdy, Nicole Morel, Tim Feldmann, Dorte Olesen, Sigge Modigh and Cristina Caprioli. Pontus collaborated in the performance “Swan Song” by choreographer Minna Tervamäki and Visual artist Marita Liulia on Finland's national opera and ballet and “Myriads of Worlds” at the Young Opera with choreography by Dalija Acin Thelander.

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