Choreography: Virpi Pahkinen, Stage design: Lovisa Johansson, Dansens Hus 2006
When my installation Exsaltorium was shown in Skulpturens hus 2005 I invited the choreographer Virpi Pahkinen to dance in the exhibition. It became a very strong visual confrontation. We developed this into the dance piece Sal Mirabile, which was shown in Dansens Hus 2006. “Exsaltorium” there created a visual tension that was relieved in a streaming salt rain composition in the dance finale.
“This must be the most beautiful experience of the year – with the toughest dancer of Sweden. When Virpi Pahkinen with her striking artistry finds the right resistance and cooperation in space, light, music and body, sensual magic evolves … And time makes an extra loop in the universe. In Sal Mirabile many of her well-known co-workers appear, but for the poetic room she has met a new “sister-in-soul”, the artist Lovisa Johansson. Parts of her installation Exsaltorium (shown at Skulpturens Hus 2005) changes the Big Stage into a salt cathedral. Here is a cave with pointed stalactites, half hour-glasses which now and then releases salt beams They hit metallic cones at the floor surrounded by soft heaps of salt. The sound resembles a soft whisper and in the climax of the performance the dancers move in and out in the tightening rhythm of the rain. The sterile salt delivers something new … Seldom have 830 been this silent before the thanking applause. You didn’t want to break the spell but yearned to continue to feel time breathe in your body and contemplate the perishable foot prints in the salt.” A. Ångström, SvD.