SFIAF 2020: May 19-31. Early Bird Tix On-Sale Mar. 1

Virpi Pahkinen Dance Company


Deep Time

Date(s) & Time(s)
Duration: 60 minutes

Location: Cowell Theater

Ticket Information

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Production Credits

Artistic DirectorVirpi Pahkinen
ComposerJonas Sjöblom
OtherTobias Hallgren
CostumerZita Mérenyi


Funded in part byThe Swedish Arts Council City of Stockholm The Swedish Arts Grants Committee Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation


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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.

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