14. - 18. NOVEMBER 2018


an expressionist and postfeminist portrait of our time as well as a timeless study of the human soul


Thursday 16th November at 19:30 // Tjarnarbíó, Tjarnargötu 12, 101 Reykjavík // English  //  75 minutes

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Choreographer Elina Pirinen and team perform on-stage autopsies to Dmitri Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony, also known as the Leningrad Symphony. The performance is born, lives, and is destroyed through the faithful and yet unfaithful relationship of the choreographer, three dancers, the writer and the lighting designer to this enormous musical work. This dance piece fearlessly delves deep into the subjective and complex inner essence of the individual, an area fundamentally touching the fabric of society.

Elina Pirinen (b.1981) is a rising star of Finnish contemporary dance, known particularly for her musicality and her bold and original style. Personal Symphonic Moment is an expressionist and postfeminist portrait of our time as well as a timeless study of the humansoul. Uncompromising in its aesthetics, Personal Symphonic Moment received wide acclaim in the fall of 2013 as it premiered at Zodiak - Center for New Dance and caused a fresh upheaval in the Finnish dance scene.


Concept, choreography, visual concept : Elina Pirinen

Dance : Suvi Kemppainen, Aino Voutilainen, Elina Pirinen

Lighting design : Heikki Paasonen (2015) / Tomi Humalisto (2013)

Texts : Heidi Väätänen

Sound design : Pauli Riikonen

Music : Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 7

Costume design : Elina Pirinen, Kaisa Rissanen, Mila Moisio

Production : Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Moving in November Festival, Elina Pirinen Zodiak residency in collaboration with: Workspace Brussels / Summer coaching residency, Kone Foundation, Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux

Supported by : Samuel Huberin Taidesäätiö, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Kone Foundation

Special thanks: Kati Korosuo and Katja Sallinen