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Lover of the Pianist

Choreographer Pirinen, Elina
First Performance 3.3.2011
Place of First Performance Zodiak - Center for New Dance
Finnish premiere 3.3.2011
Place of Premiere Zodiak - Center for New Dance
Style Contemporary Dance
Duration (min) 35
Lighting Designer Nanni Vapaavuori
Performers of the premiere Elina Pirinen
Other music Schubert: Fantasie in F minor op. 103
Description Lover of the Pianist is a playfully erotic and evocative solo performance staged by the dancer and choreographer Elina Pirinen. Throughout the performance she dances, sings, talks and plays music. Surrendering herself recklessly to love, she is both direct and secretive, occasionally even flirting with the audience.

The lighting design begs the question: is the function of light merely to add intensity, or is it a narrative element? In its themes and stage design Lover of the Pianist is an expanded sequel to Pirinen’s acclaimed Friend of the Pianist, which premiered at the Full Moon Dance Festival in 2009.

Lover of the Pianist will mark Pirinen’s debut at Zodiak. A captivating, sensitive, technically skilful, funny and passionate dancer-musician, Pirinen is also a thought-provoking choreographer. Lover of the Pianist is her third collaboration with the lighting designer Nanni Vapaavuori.
Other Information Photos: Elina Brotherus
Production: Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Elina Pirinen

Double-bill premiere with Claude glass by Carl Knifin
Dancers Pirinen, Elina