Personal symphonic moment
An expressionist and postfeminist portrait of our time as well as a timeless study of the human soul.
Choreographer Elina Pirinen and team perform on-stage autopsies to Dmitri Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony, also known as the Leningrad Symphony. The performance is born, lives, and is destroyed through the faithful and yet unfaithful relationship of the choreographer, three dancers, the writer and the lighting designer to this enormous musical work. This dance piece fearlessly delves deep into the subjective and complex inner essence of the individual, an area fundamentally touching the fabric of society.
- About Elina Pirinen
Elina Pirinen is a choreographer, dancer, singer-songwriter-musician, artistic director and curator based in Helsinki. She often uses large classical music pieces as companions and frameworks for different corporal, vocal and linguistic performative qualities. She works closely with contemporary psychodynamic theories and their potential in stage practise. She works also with animal activism and makes intensive baroque-rockmusic with her orchestra Bambi lammella.
Choreography and visual concept: Elina Pirinen. Dance: Suvi Kemppainen, Elina Pirinen, Aino Voutilainen. Lighting design: Heikki Paasonen with Tomi Humalisto’s original design. Texts: Heidi Väätänen. Sound designer: Pauli Riikonen. Music: Dmitri Šostakovitš, 7. Symphony performed by Mariss Jansons and Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 1988. Costume design: Elina Pirinen with Mila Moisio and Kaisa Rissanen. Production: Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Moving in November-festival, Elina Pirinen. Zodiak residency in collaboration with: WorkspaceBrussels / Summer coaching residency, Kone Foundation, Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux. Premiere: Moving in November –festival 2013 in Zodiak-Center for New Dance. Supported by: Samuel Huber Foundation, Finnish Culture Foundation, Kone Foundation. This presentation is part of the project [DNA] Departures and Arrivals, which is co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission.