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Liisa Pentti +Co & NYKY Ensemble: The Sinking of the Titanic

Liisa Pentti +Co and Sibelius Academy’s NYKY Ensemble perform The Sinking of the Titanic, a cult work from the 1970s, in collaboration with Gavin Bryars, the composer of the piece. The Sinking of the Titanic is a landscape formed by dance, music and space. The spectator’s own memories intermingle with cultural images and the collective consciousness. Bryars’s composition is based on the 1912 tragedy of RMS Titanic that collided with an iceberg on the coast of Newfoundland. The composition utilises elements related to the catastrophe, including musical pieces and the hymn Nearer, My God, to Thee, which is the alleged song the band was playing before the ship hit the iceberg, and also when the ship was sinking. The foundation of this collaborative work is based on the sinking of the Titanic, the ongoing battle for the reconciliation of nature and technology, and Bryars’s idea of time continuing eternally in underwater conditions.

Liisa Pentti, choreographer and director
Gavin Bryars, composition
Meeri Altmets, Janne Aspvik, Rea-Liina Brunou, Johanna Ikola, Andrius Katinas, Carita Lähteenmäki ja Nina Viitamäki, dance
NYKY Ensemble, music
Gavin Bryars (UK), double-bass
Philip Jeck (UK), turntables and electronics
Emil Holmström, direction of NYKY Ensemble

Graziella Tomasi (Italy, Germany), Stage Design
Meri Ekola, lighting design
Bob Brunell (UK), sound design
Terttu Torkkola, costumes
Libero Mureddu and Sanja Karppinen, producers

Production: Liisa Pentti +Co in collaboration with NYKY Ensemble,  | Duration: 1 hr 10 min Choreography: Liisa Pentti

PREMIERE: 26 November 2015 at the BLACKBOX, Musiikkitalo, Helsinki , Finland.