The quiet rustling of paper is Susurro’s Big Bang; paper constitutes its universe, forever expanding and accelerating.

The material has shaped the piece in a very particular way. One of the starting points for Susurro was to create the entire sound design for the piece using the nuances inherent in an organic material, in this instance, paper. Instead of using digitally manipulated or otherwise processed sound, the sound of Susurro is created entirely by a costume designed and constructed out of paper by Pirjo Valinen, as well as other elements on stage.

Paper is also what sets the foundation for the visuals of Susurro and the expression for dancer Pirjo Yli-Maunula. Paper is elemental to Susurro, it creates Susurro’s natural phenomena, its laws of physics, its very fabric of being. This is why in Susurro it is impossible to differentiate between costume and instrument, composition and choreography, or musician and dancer.

Susurro is a creation myth. It is a ritual. It is complete: all there is, is right there in front of you.

Susurro team choreography & arrangements & visual design.
Pirjo Valinen costume designer
Pirjo Yli-Maunula dancer, musician
Jukka Huitila lighting designer
Aake Otsala composer

Produced by Flow Productions
In collaboration with Oulu Music Festival
Premiere in Culture Centre Valve, Oulu, Finland on March 15, 2013
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Photos by Jussi Tuokkola
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