A dung beetle emerges in a desert landscape and embarks on a transformation.

The shadow operates with surgical precision, pulling the darkness towards the blinding light. The hand buried in the sand, an egg of sun and shadow – the news of death calls for rebirth. The wall of sand cracks, sweeping the animal skull and the dancer with it. The flow of movement turns into a battle. The blue wind blows past.

Sahara was filmed in the Erg Chebbi desert in Morocco.

"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 Luis Hernan Cortés Maya
Editing and production assistant Sebastian Poblete
Costume Helene Thorsell
Grading Petter Bergmar
Producer Emelie Bergbohm and Birgitta Ström
Thanks to Johan Söderberg

Photo José Figueroa


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