Talvi Valo (Winter Light) 2012, a dance for ten women is inspired by my recent trip to Helsinki, Finland where I experienced the quiet and minimal light of January. The Finnish dancers inspired me with their deep focus, playfulness and gorgeous presence. Upon my return to the states, I created and performed two solo pieces, Sliver and Envi. The solos were created through my reflections of Finland inside my improvisation practice.
Talvi Valo (Winter Light) explores visibility, liquidity and time and extracts Sliver and Envi phrase material. The dance is developed with the intent of exploring a community ensemble with windows for solo, duet, trio and quartet voices. I feel this dance brings a little bit of Finland state side. I would love for the Finns to meet the American dancers one day.
This video offers a view of this new work during a tech rehearsal. The work premiered on November 15, 2012 at Rose L. Strasser Studio, The College at Brockport and has toured to Visual Studies Workshop, The Rochester Fringe Festival and The Crave Festival in Syracuse, NY.
Choreography: Mariah Maloney
Performers: Jenna Ellis, Kara Foote, Catherine Gesford, Christina Gorman, Lauren Saint-Louis, Chelsea Spraker, Rachel Thome, Xiao Wang, Jennifer Helft, Meghan McGuire
Costume Design: Emma Scholl
Sound Design: Mariah Maloney: Loituma, The Ionian Singers, Fiddlespel: Dance Music of Scandinavia