VALON PAINO / LICHT UND MASSE / HEAVY LIGHT 2015
Concept and Choreography: Liisa Risu
Concept collaboration and sound design: Jussi Saivo
Dancers: Hanna Ahti, Jonna Eiskonen, Satu Halttunen, Ninu Lindfors
and Soile Voima
Dramaturgy in dialog with: Vincent Roumagnac
Light design: Jukka Huitila
Costume design: Riitta Röpelinen
Production: Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Stoa, Liisa Risu
Residency: O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo)
Photos: Vincent Roumagnac, Yoshi Omori
19.9.2015 Stoa Cultural Center / Helsinki
The premise of Heavy light has been to transform Györgi Ligeti’s idiosyncratic notation into movements and structures -inputs for dance. It is a continuation of choreographer Liisa Risu’s and her ensemble’s previous piece Soiva/WKL, in which J.S. Bach’s piano music was transposed for a dancing orchestra. This time the actions of the five female dancers expand from the windy logics – and surprises – of a pipe organ.
« The organ attracted my interest on the one hand because of its astonishing richness of hitherto unexplored tone colours and possibilities; on the other hand, in particular, because of its weaknesses – its clumsiness, its stiffness and jerkiness. This instrument is like a massive artificial leg. It fascinated me to discover how one could learn to walk again with this mechanical limb. »
Ligeti (quoted by Röhring, 1991)
Heavy light invites to go through movement masses, organ-ic composition and spatiotemporal psychokinescoustic experience. The choreography is developping from the encounter in between sound as acoustic phenomenon and physical attributes of movement.
Ligeti’s solo organ composition Volumina (1961) was borrowed as a tool in the making of Heavy light.
The audience is kindly asked to wear dark clothes.