Witness the inner drama, treasures of Monet’s waterlilies room, free fearless speech, a thinker’s frozen heart, a beach, a list of everyone who must go to psychoanalysis and fast.
Concerto under Waterlilies (Elina Pirinen & Heidi Väätänen)
Elina Pirinen refers to her production series, in which she interprets classical works by Russian composers, as autopsies. ›Concerto under Waterlilies‹ is both an autonomous sequel and an autopsy of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 2nd piano concerto. Rachmaninoff composed the piece in the aftermath of a creative crisis marked by bouts of depression and he dedicated it to his neurologist, Nikolai Dahl. The work’s enduring popularity is attributable above all to the mood of melodic melancholy it conveys. Pirinen interprets the composition as an investigation of veracity, subjectivity and transparency. The setting transports her into a situation in which madness and romanticism converge. The contemporary drama that unfolds under Monet’s Water Lilies draws the audience into an equally absurd and cynical fiction hovering between romanticism and excess.
Choreography: Elina Pirinen Text: Heidi Väätänen With: Aleksi Holkko, Suvi Kemppainen, Elina Pirinen Light design, set: Mateus Manninen, Elina Pirinen, Heidi Väätänen Sound design: Pauli Riikonen Mentor: Niko Hallikainen Costume: Kaisa Kemikoski, Elina Pirinen, Heidi Väätänen Music: Sergei Rachmaninow: Piano concerto no. 2, C minor op. 18 Elina Pirinen, Pauli Riikonen: Pianoconcerto that Rachmaninoff did not compose Production: Kiasma-teatteri (Helsinki) Support: Kone Foundation, The Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Cultural Foundation, [DNA] Departures and Arrivals funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Commission