Liisa Risu | Soiva / Wkl
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Soiva / Wkl

About This Project


Bach, new dance and sport halls


The starting point of SOIVA has been to find analogies between sound and movement. As a result SOIVA mixes J.S.Bach´s music , contemporary dancing and sport venues in a surprising but in a purely beautiful way.


Bach´s WKL (1722, Book I) is a collection of preludes and fugues in 24 different keys. It is originally meant for solo key board but has been for long already also arranged for different instruments and orchestrations. This time for a dancing orchestra. In SOIVA a group of dancers is acting like it was a musical instrument.


Through simple rules and months of detailed work Bach´s musical architecture has been translated into movement and spatial relations – audible transposed into kinesthetic and visual. Choreography has been constructed from the musical score, not from the audible experience. SOIVA is also danced in silence.


The five female dancers of SOIVA are all very experienced and belong to the top of Finnish dance. Dancing in this work challenges their memory capacity but at the same time requires advanced skills and sensitivity in improvised dance. The subject and counter subjects of the fugues are fixed but other musical movements are based on sophisticated structural improvisation. The alternation between fixed articulation and improvisation creates a magical sense of aliveness and airiness to this very formal and detailed work.


“I like to think of the body of one dancer as an entire orchestra or, on the other hand, a group of dancers representing one body. I also try to look for a situation where dancing in the performance is not only a way to present the choreography, but also a creative event in the instant.” Liisa Risu, choreographer


SOIVA has been performed mainly in large sports halls but also in more intimate venues. The work adapts well to different scales and atmospheres because it is very straight forward. SOIVA is danced in silence and without any special theatre lights or design. The focus is in purely on composition and dancing. Dancing in SOIVA is every time skillfully tuned according to the kinescoustic conditions of each venue.


The title Soiva means “something that sounds/makes sounds”


This work is available for touring.


55 min

Date of Premiere

7.12.2013 Kallio Sports Hall / Helsinki