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Seven Brothers (Seitsemän veljestä)

Seven Brothers (Seitsemän veljestä)

Aleksis Kivi’s classic tale Seven Brothers returns to Turku City Theatre stage in a new production by Lauri Maijala. The Jukola boys last made an appearance in Turku in the 1970s when Kalle Holmberg’s now legendary version broke all ticket sales records.

Seven Brothers tells the tale of a band of motherless and fatherless boys. You could argue that they project that missing parental presence onto every person they meet in the course of their story,” Maijala says.  

“It is also about their loneliness and isolation. In our production, we won’t be filling the vast stage with hordes of people. What we’re doing is placing the brothers and their relationships with one another at the heart of the play. All the seven of them have is one another.”

Seven Brothers opens on 3 November 2017 with Markus Järvenpää, Paavo Kinnunen, Joel Mäkinen, Olli Rahkonen, Jonas Saari, Joonas Saartamo and Pyry Äikää in the title roles.

Director: Lauri Maijala
Author: Aleksis Kivi
Theater: Turku City Theatre
Premiere: 03.11.2017

The Bee Code (Mehiläiskoodi)

The Bee Code (Mehiläiskoodi)

The Bee Code is a musical for all the family that looks forward one hundred years into the future, to a time when people have learned to think and work together as a hive.

“What a triumph! The Kajaani City Theatre actors are singing, dancing and music making as if they’ve never done anything else their whole lives.

I am speechless. Except when I’m incessantly humming Riku Niemi’s theme tune to The Bee Code, of course – and not struggling to keep my post-show emotions in check. What I saw and heard, what I revelled in, is a one-of-a-kind musical that will stand up to repeat viewings, time after time. It will go down as a classic.

Sami Parkkinen’s script challenges the viewer without ever overstepping the mark. There is ample scope for romance and reminiscences, but the story also invites us to remember the future, as the saying goes.  

Parkkinen turns his attention to just one problem, but as problems go, it’s one of the bigger ones: if the bees die, what will happen to us?”

(Seppo Turunen, review in Kainuun Sanomat daily newspaper, 1 October 2017)

Director: Minna Vainikainen
Author: Sami Parkkinen
Theater: Kajaanin Kaupunginteatteri
Premiere: 30.09.2017

MyBaby

MyBaby

Glowheadz, a startup business, has devised a new concept that allows you to pay for the services of a MyMom, the perfect and dedicated domestic goddess, or a MyDad, the helpful DIY expert. The team at Glowheadz knows just how to meet their customers’ most important needs in an era defined by technology. But the time is now ripe to expand their product offering. Their greatest breakthrough is yet to come.

The new service is titled MyBaby. It allows consumers to experience parenthood free from the heavy burden of responsibility and without the need to commit for life. Glowheadz provides bespoke babies tailored to each client’s individual expectations. Will this new service render traditional family life obsolete?

MyBaby is a futuristic comedy set in a time where no one is ever alone and people share everything, even children. It is the story of a group of colleagues who decide to turn everyone’s expectations about family and parenting upside down.

Set Design: Milja Aho

Costume Design: Siru Kosonen

Lighting and Video Design: Tomi Suovankoski

Sound Design: Jani Rapo

Director: Hilkka-Liisa Iivanainen
Author: Hilkka-Liisa Iivanainen & Salla Viikka
Theater: KOM-teatteri
Premiere: 08.09.2017

Pessi and Illusia (Pessi ja Illusia)

Pessi and Illusia (Pessi ja Illusia)

What does the world look like when it is viewed through someone else’s imagination? What happens when the imagination goes to sleep?

Rovaniemi Theatre’s play for children takes its cue from Pessi and Illusia, a classic story by Yrjö Kokko, written during the Second World War. It has been adapted into a play by Lasse Hjelt.

The adventure begins as Pessi, a troll meets Illusia, a fairy who has decided to leave her home atop a rainbow to discover what life on earth is really like.

Director: Eljas Liinamaa
Author: Yrjö Kokko
Dramaturge: Lasse Hjelt
Theater: Rovaniemen Teatteri - Lapin Alueteatteri
Premiere: 02.09.2017

Hullu (Crazy)

Hullu (Crazy)

Hullu (Crazy) is a story about a case in which common sense takes a time-out, goes for a walk and returns after a month. It is a story about inching towards slipping when the towbar is broken, a narration of an episode which goes through several stages and ends up to mental asylum.

Closed compartment is a lurid environment with a comfort of it´s candidness, where one has to practice to take over own position again. People in a mental institution are on the lowest base of society and yet it turns out to be, after all, a potential world after all.

Written and directerd by Juha Hurme
Performers: Antti Laukkarinen, Antti Mankonen ja Kaisa Sarkkinen
Costume Design and Props: Henna Mustamo
Lighting and Sound Design, Music: Hannu Hauta-aho
Song composed by Arto Piispanen
Stage Design: Hannu Hauta-aho, Juha Hurme, Henna Mustamo and Perttu Sinervo
Assistent to Director: Markus Myllyniemi
Lighting and Sound Design Assistent: Lauri Hietala

Performances in Tampere during the autumn 2017. See more

Crazy at the Tampere Theatre Festival 2017

Director: Juha Hurme
Author: Juha Hurme
Theater: Teatteri Telakka
Premiere: 08.12.2016

just filming

just filming

Kristian Smeds’ latest stage work brings together two formidable acting talents: Annamária Láng from Hungary and Juhán Ulfsak from Estonia. Their partnership produces a theatrical dance rich in passion, absurdity and humour. A highly visual and musical performance, just filming is also a heart-felt tribute to cinematic art.

Performance language: Broken English. Broken Finnish.

Cast: Annamária Láng and Juhán Ulfsak

Directed by: Kristian Smeds
Lighting: Teemu Nurmelin
Video: Lennart Laberenz (Germany)
Sound: Krisztián Vranik (Hungary)
Music: Verneri Pohjola, Pekka Kuusisto and Timo Kämäräinen
Mask: Laura Sgureva

In cooperation with: Estonian Institute in Hungary, Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Trafó House of Contemporary Arts

Supported by: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Estonia, Finnagora, Estonian Institute in Finland, Goethe-Institute Finnland, Balassi Institute in Helsinki

Touring performance. You can see just filming in Trafó House of Contemporary Arts (Hungary) 22-23 March 2018

just filming at the Tampere Theatre Festival 2017

Director: Kristian Smeds
Author: Kristian Smeds
Theater: The Finnish National Theatre
Premiere: 14.10.2016

The Phantom of Normality (Tavallisuuden aave)

The Phantom of Normality (Tavallisuuden aave)

The Phantom of Normality owes inspiration to Luis Buñuel’s film The Phantom of Liberty. Where Buñuel’s film investigates freedom, this theatre piece pierces our assumptions of the commonplace. The play combines and fragments habits and traditions, pouring forth the relentless struggle of the everyday and the exceptional; of discipline and chaos.

The Phantom of Normality is a melodic collage from which an absurd, melancholy world emerges. It hosts a crowd of tragicomic beings searching for a way to connect.

Cast: Laura Birn, Elina Knihtilä, Antti Heikkinen, Pyry Nikkilä, Ylermi Rajamaa

Sound design: Tuuli Kyttälä
Stage design: Milja Aho
Light design: Erno Aaltonen
Costume design: Laura Haapakangas
Make-up design: Riikka Virtanen
Choreography: Janina Rajakangas

The Phantom of Normality will return to Q-teatteri's repertoire in the autumn of 2017 (re-premiere 14 September).

Director: Saara Turunen
Author: Saara Turunen
Theater: Q-teatteri
Premiere: 19.02.2016

Red Line (Punainen viiva)

Red Line (Punainen viiva)

Red Nose Company’s Red Line is a new show from the makers of the smash hit production Trench Road. It is a co-production with internationally acknowledged and awarded Theatre Quo Vadis.

This time, clowns Mike (Tuukka Vasama) and Zin (Timo Ruuskanen) stage a classic Finnish novel The Red Line by Ilmari Kianto. Taking place on one of the major turning points in the political world history, the story depicts arrival of the universal suffrage in Finland in 1906 when Finland became the first European country to give vote to women. It gives voice to people living in extreme poverty in the middle of northern wilderness.

Amazingly, the clowns turn the tragedy of the story into comedy filled with stand-up and pop music played by clowns, guitar and accordion.  

Red Nose Company, founded in 2005, has created its own unique theatre style blending theatre clownery, improvisation and verbal sitcom.  

Red line is currently a touring performance

Both Red Line and Trench Road will be available for international touring with subtitles. In 2017, also in English speaking versions.

Cast: Timo Ruuskanen, Tuukka Vasama

Costume design: Tuomas Lampinen (Turku City Theatre) and work group
Light design: Antti Kujala (Theatre Avoimet Ovet) and work group
Executive producers: Niina Bergius and Tuukka Vasama
In co-operation: Theatre Avoimet Ovet, Turku City Theatre, Lahti City Theatre, Kajaani City Theatre

Picture: Tero Ahonen

Director: Otso Kautto
Author: Ilmari Kianto
Dramaturge: Ensemble
Theater: Red Nose Company
Premiere: 22.01.2016

Lungs (Keuhkot)

Lungs (Keuhkot)

A couple struggles to live up to the responsibilities of both parenthood and the future of the planet. The play gives voice to a generation all too aware of its carbon footprint.

Juha Jokela’s interpretation of British author Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs can still be seen at the National Theatre's stage (27 Sep, 2017) and also on tour.

Cast: Ria Kataja, Mikko Nousiainen

 

Picture: Timo Teräväinen

Director: Juha Jokela
Author: Duncan Macmillan (translation Juha Jokela)
Theater: The Finnish National Theatre
Premiere: 18.09.2015