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The Sinking of the Titanic

Choreographer Pentti, Liisa
First Performance 26.11.2015
Place of First Performance Helsinki Music Centre
Finnish premiere 26.11.2015
Place of Premiere Helsinki Music Centre
Style Contemporary Dance
Duration (min) 75
Scenography Graziella Tomasi
Costume designer Terttu Torkkola
Lighting Designer Meri Ekola
Sound designer Bob Burnell
Performers of the premiere Meeri Lempiäinen (née Altmets), Janne Aspvik, Rea-Liina Brunou, Johanna Ikola, Andrius Katinas, Carita Lähteenmäki, Nina Viitamäki
Other music Gavin Bryars
Description Liisa Pentti +Co and Sibelius Academy’s NYKY Ensemble performed The Sinking of the Titanic, a cult work from the 1970s, in collaboration with Gavin Bryars and Philip Jeck. The Sinking of the Titanic is a landscape formed by dance, music and space. The spectator’s own memories intermingle with cultural images and the collective consciousness.

Bryars’s composition is based on the 1912 tragedy of RMS Titanic that collided with an iceberg on the coast of Newfoundland. The composition utilises elements related to the catastrophe, including musical pieces and the hymn Nearer, My God, to Thee, which is the alleged song the band was playing before the ship hit the iceberg, and also when the ship was sinking. The foundation of this collaborative work is based on the sinking of the Titanic, the ongoing battle for the reconciliation of nature and technology, and Bryars’s idea of time continuing eternally in underwater conditions.

On the basis of the composition, Liisa Pentti created a dance performance exploring the movement of time.
Other Information NYKY Ensemble, music
Gavin Bryars (UK), double-bass
Philip Jeck (UK), turntables and electronics
Emil Holmström, direction of NYKY Ensemble
Dancers Lempiäinen, Meeri (2015)
Ikola, Johanna (2015)
Aspvik, Janne (2015)
Brunou, Rea-Liina (2015)
Katinas, Andrius (2015)
Lähteenmäki, Carita (2015)
Viitamäki, Nina (2015)