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Elina Pirinen: Mortal Tropical Dances

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  • Schedule

    Fri 5.5.2023 at 19:00

    Tue 9.5.2023 at 19:00

    Wed 10.5.2023 at 19:00

    Fri 12.5.2023 at 19:00

    Sat 13.5.2023 at 19:00

    Sun 14.5.2023 at 15:00

  • Duration 1h 30 min., no intermission.

How to share the earth-shattering power of life? Award-winning dance artist and music maker Elina Pirinen’s long-awaited new symphonic creation Mortal Tropical Dances will fill the large stage of Dance House Helsinki with special dances arising from our inner tropics, wild live music, mesmerising colours and scents.

The sensual core of Mortal Tropical Dances focuses on the ceremonies of hunger for life driving our inner tectonic plates, and their individually changing forms. The production brings the daring and wise heat of the human subconscious to the stage. Mortal Tropical Dances connects intensively with the audience by dancing, playing, singing and praying out energy, sex, hope, madness, deep joy, suffering, humour, imagination, warmth and comfort.

Ville Kabrell has through-composed all of the massive layered live music for the production. The performers in the production include an international ensemble of seven dancers, eleven musicians from various genres of music, and a charming surprise performer from the animal world.

Early music vocal ensemble Lumen Valo will be seen and heard on stage with various doom guitars, carillons and percussion instruments, machines, strings, growls, mantras and prayers written for the production. Ville Kabrell and Lumen Valo will be joined by drummer Tatu Rönkkö and guitarist Pyry Nikkilä.

The dancers performing Mortal Tropical Dances are Karolina Ginman (FI), Una Björg (IS) & Felix Urbina (MX) from Iceland Dance Company, Simone Benini (IT), Adrian Barzak (PL) & Caroline Eckly (FR) from Carte Blanche Norway and Elina Pirinen (FI).

The production’s artistic working group also includes dramaturg Heidi Väätänen, light and stage designer Mikko Hynninen and costume designer Jouko Korkeasaari.

With her productions, Elina Pirinen wants to create counterforces to the world as we know it, long dominated by a fearful and depressing atmosphere. The more alive, broader, wilder and fearless the stage canvas is, the easier it is for us all to reflect our whole lives on it and open new doors to maintain the meaningfulness of life.

The work is part of Dance House Helsinki’s SPARK project. Supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, SPARKS is an artistic development project which is carried out in 2020–2023. The project will produce three premieres for both the Erkko Hall and Pannuhall.

Note: The Erkko hall stand is steep and there is no lift to the upper section. Only the first row seats are fully accessible. For people with reduced mobility, we recommend buying a seat in the first row.

Choreographer, poetry

Elina Pirinen


Ville Kabrell


Una Björg & Felix Urbina (Iceland Dance Company), Karolina Ginman, Simone Benini, Adrian Barzak & Caroline Eckly (Carte Blanche Norway), Elina Pirinen


Lumen valo

early music vocal ensemble

Tatu Rönkkö


Pyry Nikkilä


Ville Kabrell


Lighting and space design

Mikko Hynninen


Heidi Väätänen

Costume design

Jouko Korkeasaari

Sound engineer

Antti Kainulainen


Maija Eränen


Icelandic Dance Company

Supported by

Finnish Cultural Foundation


Dance House Helsinki, Zodiak, Carte Blanche

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