The premise of Heavy Light is to transform György Ligeti's idiosyncratic musical notation into movements and structures – inputs for dance. It is a continuation of choreographer Liisa Risu's and her ensemble's widely acclaimed Soiva/WKL, in which J.S.Bach's piano music was transposed for a dancing orchestra. This time the actions of the five female dancers expand from the windy logics – and surprises – of a pipe organ. 

The organ attracted my interest on the one hand because of its astonishing richness of hitherto unexplored tone colours and possibilities; on the other hand, in particular, because of its weaknesses –  its clumsiness, its stiffness and jerkiness. This instrument is like a massive artificial leg. It fascinated me to discover how one could learn to walk again with this mechanical limb. – G. Ligeti

The performance invites to go through movement masses, organ-ic composition and spatiotemporal psychokinescoustic experience. The choreography is developing from the encounter in between sound as acoustic phenomenon and physical attributes of movement.

Ligeti's solo organ composition Volumina (1961–1962) will be borrowed as a tool in the making of Heavy Light.

The audience is kindly asked to wear dark clothes.


Dancers Hanna Ahti, Jonna Eiskonen, Satu Halttunen, Ninu Lindfors, Soile Voima
Choreography Liisa Risu
Sound design Jussi Saivo
Costume design Riitta Röpelinen
Light design Jukka Huitila
Dramaturgy in dialog with Vincent Roumagnac
Production Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Stoa, Liisa Risu
Residency O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo)
Photos Vincent Roumagnac, Yoshi Omori

The audience is kindly asked to wear dark clothes.

Post-performance discussion on 23.9.
Audience warm-up before the performance on 27.9. at 14 00 in Stoa Music hall.

Tickets 23/15 €
(09) 310 12000 (pvm) Mon–Fri 12 00–18:00, Lippupalvelu
Zodiak's season ticket is valid for the performances.