Elina Pirinen (FI)

Mortal Tropical Dances is a peculiarly, romantically, lustfully, painfully and ecstatically danced, sung, played and prayed contemporary, symphonic, feministic, ritualistic feast by choreographer-music maker Elina Pirinen and her fellow artists.  

Mortal Tropical Dances focuses on the concept of ceremonies by dancing, playing, singing, and praying out energy, sex, hope, madness, joy, suffering, humor, imagination, warmth, and comfort. It is a peculiar work – sometimes romantic, sometimes painful, sometimes ecstatically and ritualistic – performed by seven international dancers and accompanied by a live Renaissance chorus and the energetic music composition full of different layers, doom guitars, strings, electronics, bells, and percussion by composer Ville Kabrell.

Together with the transformative architectures of the ceremonials of the bodies and live music, the visual stage also travels between temperatures, smells, colors, paints, smokes, fluids and solid matter. The volume of the work blurs the line between the subject and the object proposing an intersubjective caress. How to share and receive life forces?  

Elina´s work aims to create counterforces of subconscious heat in today´s world dominated by a depressing and fearful zeitgeist. The more alive, fearless, wilder, and wider the canvas of the stage is, the easier it is for us all to reflect ourselves on it and open new doors to imaginative worlds.


Duration: 75 minutes


Co- produced by Zodiak- Center for New Dance, Dance House Helsinki, Libidian Wonders and Carte Blanche in collaboration with the Nordic Next Network. Supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Nordic Culture Point, Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Premiere 5 May 2023 at Erkko Hall, Dance House Helsinki, Finland

Choreography, poetry
Elina Pirinen

Music composition
Ville Kabrell | The piece also includes an excerpt from Beata Viscera by the French composer Pérotin (ca.1220)

Dramaturgy and Costume assistance
Heidi Väätänen

Adrian Barzak / Elias Girod, Simone Benini, Una Björg Bjarnadottir / Jenni-Elina von Bagh, Caroline Eckly, Karolina Ginman, Elina Pirinen, Felix Urbina

Ville Kabrell (synthesizer, guitar, dulcimer) Pyry Nikkilä (guitar, dulcimer) Tatu Rönkkö (percussions, bells, dulcimer)

Lumen Valo vocal group
Anna Ruotsala & Titta Lampela (soprano) Hanna Graeffe & Riikka Noreila (alto) Aaro Haapaniemi & Arttu Hartikainen (tenor) Erkki Hannonen & Juha Suomalainen (bass(

Light and set design
Mikko Hynninen

Jouko KorkeasaariMus

Technical sound design
Antti Kainulainen

Assistance choreography
Karolina Ginman

Artistic mentor
Carmen Mehnert

Production management
Maija Eränen

Outi Järvinen / Arts Management Helsinki

Int. distribution
Plan B – Creative Agency for Performing Arts Hamburg

Brume de Mer is a stage sonata performed by a virtous ensemble of five female dancers. It consists of the sheer volume produced by the combined abstraction of psycho-neurologically rich ring dance, lyrical field sung with peculiar beauty, scents, intoxicating colors and an intense organ composition.

Brume de Mer fumbles for, deforms and reforms ancient and new expressions for desire, obsession, mutism, killing and intuition in an extremely physical way. This feast for all the senses invites the body to exit the body and mental processes spill out from the corpus, moving back and forth in free association. The act tries to blur the line between the subject and the object, proposing one kind of intersubjectivity and collective subconscious.

The sonant stage consist of a tremendous original organ composition by Ville Kabrell, which has eaten alive the original idea of using Sonata no. 2 for Organ by Russian modernist composer Viktor Suslin. The performance is a self-standing instalment of Pirinen’s series of works based on Russian compositions. For the artists of the workgroup, Brume de Mer is a delightful and novel comeback.


Duration: 70 minutes


A production by Zodiak – Brand New Dance, Moving in November festival, MDT Stockholm, Elina Pirinen. Residencies at O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo), ZIL Culture Center (Moscow), Hellerau (Dresden). With the support of Arts Promotion Center Finland, the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, [DNA] Departures and Arrivals. Co-financed by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme. 

Premiere 29.8.2018 at MDT Stockholm.

Choreography, poetry, songs
Elina Pirinen

Dramaturgy, poetry, costume design
Heidi Väätänen

Una Björg, Karolina Ginman, Elina Pirinen, Suvi Kemppainen, Leena Nordberg, Jenni-Elina von Bagh, Aino Voutilainen

Composition and sound design
Ville Kabrell

Light and set design
Mateus Manninen

Seamstress and costume consultance
Kaisa Kemikoski

Production management
Maija Eränen

Elina Pirinen’s artistry and practice is entangled in choreography, dancing, music making, experimental writing, pedagogy and curating. She is committed to make stage, performative, aural and linguistic autopsies to the subconscious registers with its deep primary emotions and intelligence. The focus of her work lies in imagination, romanticism, doom, obsessions, nightmares, daydreams, taboos, sorrow, lust, despair, joy, suffering, silence, horror, satisfaction, shame, unwantedness, consolation and hope, driven by feministic psychoanalytical depth.

Pirinen lives in Helsinki and by the lake Kalliojärvi. In Finland she has been collaborating regularly with Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Kiasma Theater of Kiasma Museum of contemporary art, performance art venue Mad House, and toured widely with her works Personal Symphonic Moment, Meadow, meadow, meadow, Concerto under Waterlilies, Brume de Mer, La Beaute du Coeur and Lover of the Pianist.

She works with a 8 year state grant for artists for 2017-2024. She is awarded with the “Finnish State Art Award 2022”, the “Prix Jardin d’Europe prize” in ImPulsTanz Vienna 2015 and The Finnish Critics’ Association honorary prize “Critics’ Spurs 2014”.

Mortal Tropical Dances

Brume de Mer