Choreographer and dancer Virpi Pahkinen’s works are full of secrets; she can be a warrior of the spirit, a spectral gardener or a shaman in metamorphosis. She offers dance as an incantation and creates a meditative atmosphere with her original choreography. She is well known for her stunningly chiselled shapes and almost otherworldly moves.

Pahkinen has been successfully touring the world in her dual role as choreographer and solo dancer and her performances have received critical acclaim in over 45 countries. She has been awarded several prices in a.o. Litteris et Artibus, 1st Choreography Prize in Stuttgart and the City of Stockholm’s Cullberg Prize. She has made commissioned works for The Finnish National Opera Ballet, Ballet Poznanski, The Vietnamese Opera Ballet and Skånes Dansteater. Pahkinen has taken part as a dancer in several of Ingmar Bergman’s productions at the Royal Dramatic Theatre and also appeared in films and on TV. Her debut literary work Serpent holder was published 2009.

Virpi Pahkinen was born in Finland. She studied piano in the Conservatory of Helsinki and trained on the choreographer course at the University College of Dance in Stockholm 1989-1992.



”The introduction to “Aajej” is everything one might expect. It is impressively beautiful. It is Virpi Pahkinen.”

– Dagens Nyheter, 2010


”Pahkinen’s solo is a kind of birth to the sound of rain. Her body is like an egg-shaped stone, from which hand and foot tentacles emerge before the figure stands in human form.”- Svenska Dagbladet, 2014

Volti Subito
Beautiful, intense and charged with symbolism.
– Expressen, 2014


”A body that performs something similar to a ritual, in movements that seem absolute, exact, without being able to be interpreted in any one single way.”

– Kulturnytt, 2015

Cantus Arcticus
Commissioned work for the Finnish National Ballet.
World premier in May 2017
Deep Time Premiering fall 2017 in Dansens Hus.