THE WEIGHT OF MY HEART

A fantasy-filled piece by the Finnish choregrapher Liisa Pentti is about love, life and death. Through a minimalistic form it recollects ordinary events in Liisa Pentti's life and of those near and far who have passed away. She creates a floating landscape of personal stories transforming into larger-than- life fiction. Since we are living in times of changes and unpredictability the basic questions are coming to the surface, Liisa Pentti needed to ask the questions: "Can we live in peace with our dead and if so, how? Can we laugh with them and imagine our dearest ones happy on the other side? And what about love?"

In this solo Liisa Pentti is creating a dialogue with her audience in a direct and uncompromizing way.

Choreography and dance: Liisa Pentti
Artistic advisor: Frans Poelstra
Text: Liisa Pentti
Light design: Meri Ekola
Sound design: Frans Poelstra, Liisa Pentti
Costume design: Terttu Torkkola
Photos: Esko Koivisto
Producer: Nora Hentunen
Videoshooting and editing: Anna Groundstroem
Production: Liisa Pentti +Co

Date of premiere: 9.11.2011
Place of premiere: Liisa Pentti +Co Studio, Helsinki

Excerpts from press reviews:

“One can only admire and wonder Liisa Pentti in the way she opens herself and her heart in the intimacy of a small space and under the bare studio lights. A wonderful and touching experience.”
(Jussi Tossavainen, Helsingin Sanomat)

“ I cannot decide which of the two elements in the piece is stronger: the poetic and humorous text or the inventive choreography executed with an enormous subtlety by one of Finland best choreographers.” (Isabella Rothberg, Hufvudstadsbladet)

“ In this small scale production is very heartfelt and under its look-a-like fussing around hides an extremely carully considered form The Weight of My Heart is a wonderful performance which is absolutely worth while seeing”. (Annikki Alku, Demari )