Under the gigantic thuja tree there is a micro-cosmos. The dancer passes through several stages in the secretive protection of the branches. With the tips of her fingers she feels the thinnest branches, reading the oldest bark with her feet. The rings of the tree of life spin through her body. A high note on the flute opens up a white gate between the tops of the trees.
Arbor was filmed in the Fuglsang park, Denmark.
"Dance is image. Virpi Pahkinen, in clothing which sometimes follows, sometimes reshapes, is part of a moving image. She illustrates nothing. Instead she takes on the form of insects, organisms or a holy dwelling place. The hands that form a diamond standing on its point: a temple? antennae? a snake’s head? Over the years there have been many films and here she incorporates her dance into open, dramatic, secretive landscapes. In the two new works: “Arbor” and “Sahara”, broadcast on television tonight, trees and sand respectively are animated through her movements and presence.
They are only six and eight minutes long; beautiful occasions to stop, experience how a woman writes herself into the trees. Is in them. IS them. Or the sand; it runs like water around legs and hands, it has no beginning and no end."
- Margareta Sörenson, Expressen
Director, choreographer and dancer Virpi Pahkinen
Director of Photography José Figueroa
Music Jonas Sjöblom
Editing and production assistant Sebastian Poblete
Costume Helene Thorsell
Grading Petter Bergmar
Producer Emelie Bergbohm and Birgitta Ström
Thanks to Maria Frej, Storstrøms Kammerensemble and Johan Söderberg
Photo José Figueroa