On Stage in Finland Now!

What’s going on in Finnish theatre at the moment? Here you’ll find a selection of current projects, including a brief introduction and a link to further information on the theatre company’s website.

Docents

Docents

Written and directed by Juha Jokela. Docents is a keen study of the power-play at work in a university environment. In this sharp psychological drama, Jokela scrutinizes the state of present-day academia and its capacity to pursue scientific independence in a climate of political tension and economic downturn. This new Finnish play premieres on the Main Stage in November.

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Director: Juha Jokela
Author: Juha Jokela
Theater: The Finnish National Theatre
Premiere: 25.11.2020
Drams for Sale

Drams for Sale

Piece by piece, millimeter by millimeter, as slow as the movement of tectonic plates, that is how the world changes. Our choices have brought us to this point. “You have to change your life”, said philosopher Peter Sloterdijk a decade ago. How small a change is too little, and how much is excessive?

What if we all lived like Pentti Linkola? Fishing and roaming the forests – just like we are shown in an idyllic Business Finland advertisement? Linkola named his book “A DREAM of a better world”. Knowing what we do now, IKEA or Burger King should not sound like such an alluring choice. How far can we go? How far dare we go? Even staying still takes us backward. To move forward or back? We have to make that choice. There is no escape.

Dreams for sale is a total artwork full of visual and physical expression. Beneath the National Museum of Finland, into an underground cave, the performance creates a soiree for the audience, THE MARKET OF DREAMS. We are in a tunnel, but what is the light we see at the end of it? Dreams for sale is a performance about dreams, hope and new beginnings.

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Director: Anna Lipponen
Dramaturge: Laur Kaunissaare
Theater: Studio Total
Premiere: 17.11.2020
Väistämätön – Oundviklig

Väistämätön – Oundviklig

Autumn’s special travel package with the internationally awarded mental airlines Grus Grus Teatteri!

Embark upon a time travel towards the ultimate question: is history something that happens to us as we sit on the bench and watch it happens, or is it something that we are part of creating?

The hundred years long trip is powered by chain reaction of objects from different eras. It is an object theater par excellence: an experience where objects themselves guide people into the secrets of history. Väistämätön – Oundviklig discusses the human experience of historical events, how we perceive the passage of time and the changes in life.

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Director: Ishmael Falke
Author: Konsepti: Ishmael Falke
Dramaturge: Ville Kurki
Theater: Grus Grus Teatteri
Premiere: 05.11.2020
Verdrängen Verdrängen Verdrängen

Verdrängen Verdrängen Verdrängen

VerdrängenVerdrängenVerdrängen marks the 20th anniversary of the Finnish minimalist performance art company Oblivia. In this obsessively researched and crystallised performance, Oblivia works through the various meanings of the German word verdrängen’ and investigates rejection, abandonment, dislocation, and disengagement. 

On a plain black stage, in the light of overhanging white neon lights, three performers test the limits of experimental contemporary music theatre. Oblivia devised the performance in collaboration with multitalented young composer Yiran Zhaon and the company’s resident lighting designer Meri Ekola. Together, they drill down to collective European memories from the start of the 20th century until the year 1989. The year when everything changed.

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Director: Alice Ferl, Timo Fredriksson, Anna-Maija Terävä ja Annika Tudeer
Dramaturge: Alice Ferl, Timo Fredriksson, Anna-Maija Terävä ja Annika Tudeer
Theater: Oblivia
Premiere: 07.10.2020
The Emperor´s New Clothes

The Emperor´s New Clothes

Meet Elvis and H. C. Andersen on stage! This groovy show for the whole family has been invited to numerous festivals both in Finland and abroad. Touring since 2017, the performance will now be seen for the first time in English at Annantalo 2.10.2020 6 p.m.

With over 13 500 spectators and 90 performances, this feel-good show is a real classic. For children, The Emperor’s New Clothes is a funny and exciting story; for older spectators, it ́s more of a political satire.

Red Nose Company is one of Finland’s most popular independent theatre groups. They perform widely in city theatres, and they have repertoire for people of all ages. Actors Timo Ruuskanen and Tuukka Vasama have worked together since 2012 and are well-known for their wit and scenic intellect.

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Director: Timo Ruuskanen and Tuukka Vasama
Author: H.C. Andersen
Theater: Red Nose Company
Premiere: 02.10.2020
Listening

Listening

The performance guides spectators to experience the sound..
 
Listening is a guide to frequencies from 0-100 kHz. Frequencies that easily disappear between people. Frequencies that resonate in the body, but rarely in the inner ear. Silva Belghiti will be the guide for this tour.
 
The performance is performed in sign language, subtitles in Finnish and English.
 
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Director: Joel Teixeira Neves
Theater: Kiasma-teatteri
Premiere: 29.09.2020
Harhama

Harhama

Juha Hurme, an artistic powerhouse and the winner of the Finlandia -prize in 2017, directs his adaption of Irmari Rantamala’s debut novel at Espoo City Theatre.

Harhama (1909) is a prodigious 1100-page autobiographical tale about a man searching for the meaning of life amid the crosscurrents of early 20th century ideologies and world historical events. As we witness Harhama writing his monumental objet d’art of autofiction, the performance evolves into a unique fusion portraying Harhama as well as the events his words describe.

Juha Hurme metamorphosizes a feverishly grandiose novel of emerging Finnish national movement into a play. On stage, the impossible becomes possible. Rooted firmly in folk theatre tradition, Harhama’s tragic fate evokes the zeitgeist of his era.   

Irmari Rantamala is among the most intriguing characters of Finnish cultural history. He is also known as Algot Untola and by noms de plume Maiju LassilaVäinö StenbergJ. I. VatanenLiisan-Antti, and Jussi Porilainen.

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Director: Juha Hurme
Author: Irmari Rantamala
Dramaturge: Juha Hurme
Theater: Espoon Kaupunginteatteri
Premiere: 16.09.2020
Lempi

Lempi

Lempi is the first book of an Lappish author Minna Rytisalo. When the book was published, it enchanted both critics and readers with its powerful story and was awarded with the Thank You Book award. The theater version on stage at the Rovaniemi Theater is a impassioned drama by three strong actors. The story takes place in the Lapland War and tells the story of the power of love, the unpredictable consequences of life and how we never see each other as a whole – how the supporting characters in our story play a major role in their own lives.

The story begins in the store, where the merchant's twin girls Lempi and Sisko enjoy their youth and the attention of German soldiers. Sisko has already found her own fortune and she incites Lempi to bet whether she will be able to charm the first man to enter the store. The lucky one is the young owner of Pursuoja, Viljami, who is going to buy salt and white paint as usual, but is stopped by Lempi's gaze, which cannot be ignored. Pursuoja's young master and his new city lady, hires Elli to help the young couple out. Elli, who has a special line of life in her hand, brings her own twist to the life of Pursuoja. Just when everything should start, the war throws these people apart. In the middle of it all, Lempi disappears mysteriously.

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Director: Miika Muranen
Author: Minna Rytisalo
Dramaturge: Miika Muranen, Sinikka Sanelma
Theater: Rovaniemen Teatteri - Lapin Alueteatteri
Premiere: 12.09.2020
Män kan inte våldtas (Men can not be raped)

Män kan inte våldtas (Men can not be raped)

Helsinki, 1975. Tova Randers, library assistant, divorced, walks into a restaurant and treats herself to a steak and a glass of red wine. It is her 40th birthday and she is alone. That evening, however, she meets Martti Wester. They have drinks and leave together. Back at his flat Martti ties her up and rapes her.

Slowly, obsessively, Tova plans her revenge. She will not become a victim. She will rape Martti Wester. 

Märta Tikkanen (1935) published her fourth novel Män kan inte våldtas (literally: Men can not be raped) in 1975. Initially, it caused an outrage and was labelled tacky and sensationalist. Today, it is an international classic; bizarre, poignant, hilarious and decades before its time. Tikkanen writes from a distinctly feminine point of view and continues to speak to the concern of all women. Lilla Teatern’s stage adaptation of Män can inte våldtas marks its Finnish premiere, 45 years after it was first published.

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Director: Sara Giese
Author: Märta Tikkanen
Dramaturge: Lo Kauppi
Theater: Helsingin Kaupunginteatteri / Lilla Teatern
Premiere: 05.09.2020
Life as we know it

Life as we know it

Two artists imagine six possible directions of life.

Coloured by ideologies and lifestyles, those directions fluctuate across wondering and repetition, coincidence and choice, fiction and real.

Life as we know it emerges from continuous change, possible futures and the surprises of life. The ability to create new also requires an ability to grow and renew through life. How to recognise change, let alone affect it? Maija Hirvanen and Juha Valkeapää are Helsinki based, internationally established performance makers. Life as we know it - their first collaborative work - is made of recycled narratives, physical situations, humour and friction.

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Director: Juha valkeapää ja Maija Hirvanen
Author: Juha valkeapää ja Maija Hirvanen
Theater: TTT-Theatre
Premiere: 03.09.2020
My Capital

My Capital

My Capital is a perceptive performance about wealth – money as well as other resources - and its effect on human relations.

What does it mean to get your just reward? What does it mean to be in debt? What is measurability? Where is class division situated?

What is dissipation? What is not an option? What does privilege feel like?

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Director: Milja Sarkola
Author: Milja Sarkola
Theater: Q-teatteri
Premiere: 13.02.2020