New Plays from Finland
Otto Sandqvist’s play Celeste combines various possibilities audiovisual art with the idiom of drama. The works consists of excerpts, situations and encounters, and an exhibition-like performance style. Celeste is gallery and installation. The text allows for a lot of freedom in execution. In this play, form is an element of content.
Celeste does not tell a chronological story, nor does it have a traditional dramatic arc. Celeste is about sexuality, repression, and liberation. About the blossoming and concealing of sexual understanding, openings, mojitos, stables and horses, dreams considered impossible, youth, games that don’t end with childhood. The characters are re-created at every moment, sometimes at each other’s initiative: Vanessa as Celeste, Celeste as Nathan, Nathan as Connor, Connor as Vanessa.
Celeste is Otto Sandqvist’s master’s thesis project for the dramaturgy program at the Theatre Academy, University of Arts Helsinki.
Yes. A shovel. So now you can finally dig that swimming pool you’ve always dreamt of.
My dream. It seemed so grand and elusive I never thought it could come true. Now you’re offering me the means to make my dream come true. To think that I’ve found a friend like you. To think my dream will come true. In spite of everything.
Yes. Now your dream will come true. In spite of everything.
Translated by Kristian London