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Elämä (Finnish for “life”) is a multidisciplinary performance combining Documentary film, Dance theatre and Video art. Its main theme is elderliness. During the artistic process the team co-operated with nursing homes for the elderly in Kuopio, Eastern Finland and in Northern Italy.
Internalized Theories of Love is an intense, atmospheric and compelling drama with incisive comic insights probing the challenging mysteries of the possibility and impossibility of love. On the face of it, the modern relationship between Ida and Leo is based on equality and partnership. But is such a thing possible? The play throws light on the reasons and consequences of the crisis by having scenes with family members across several generations. Shifting perceptions from past and present produce subtle observations with moments of poignancy. Yet there is a true to life irony that makes you laugh out loud only to catch you holding your breath a moment later, as you wait to see where it goes next. This group has an intention to explore a new way of acting within the Finnish theatre scene. The group used Meisner-technique in the process to find a very intimate and truthful way of acting, required in this kind of drama. In this performance actors constantly challenge themselves in every performance. Even though the text is the same, they have certain freedom to improvise within the moment.
Missing Amelia Earhart is an airy, dreamy and somewhat humoristic puppet play of a lost pilot. It draws a blurred portrait of yesterday’s hero and her today’s lookalike, Merja Pöyhönen. Made of courage and dreams, this one woman show has become one of the most sparkling examples of Finnish contemporary puppetry.
White Reindeer is warm, absurd and strongly physical performance about a community somewhere in arctic region which by using shamanistic ritual is trying to control enviroment problems caused by oil drilling . The work intertwines contemporary theatre and dance.
Reindeer Safari is a collective wayfaring performance in three phases: I Reindeer Introduction: an instructional lecture about reindeer and their way of living II Reindeer Safari: the wayfaring of several hours in semi-urban landscape III Reindeer Round Up: an installation and discussion about experiences
Humanoids are extraterrestrial beings, which resemble human beings but are evolutionarily much further developed than them. Humanoid Hypothesis is a participatory performance project by Other Spaces -collective, whose aim is to transport us to the point of view of humanoids!
Play Rape is a 70 minute declaration of an angry woman, an icy monologue about the problematics of rape scenes in the theatre of 21st century Finland. Actor, playwright and director Anna Paavilainen got fed up with submission and wanted to do things in her own way. Freedom of speech and shame meet in a face¬off that goes far beyond personal experience, deep down into the power structures of our society.
Executed Stories is a lecture performance, where the lecturer tells life stories of executioners and executed people, and demonstrates execution methods. Tone of the performance is neutral and factual, with a touch of humour. And in the end there is the last meal! The performance so far toured from Sao Paolo through Reykjavik to continental Europe.
What happens to the actors who don’t make it big? How does a small human being cope with the ever-quickening pulse of the modern society? Eero Kilpi (1882-1954) was a character actor at the Finnish National Theatre for over 40 years, playing bit parts with great devotion...
[heresy] is the latest production of Finnish circus company Sirkus Supiainen and it is directed by juggler / Master of Arts (theatre and drama) Samuli Männistö. By it’s name the performance [heresy] is a research on any belief or theory that is strongly at variance with established beliefs, customs, etc. It is a study on control, substance and sanctity, inspired by art, religions and beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe.
TraFika is a rhythmical visual theatre performance, that presents a new theatrical language on the border between comics, sign language and silent film’s slapstick. It is an intimate performance dealing with seeing, erotics and power. This performance allows its themes to exist in a gentle, theatrical game that the performers create between themselves and the audience.
Rex de Chef is a popular celebrity chef who is in his element in the kitchen: he serves cross-kitchen food in a way never seen before. Chef conjures up top-notch Tantrawok, traditional Hungarian dish “Pörköltti”, and Royal kidney pie by using only high quality ingredients – but where does he get them?
"Mom loves you all more than anything!" SLEEPING IS FOR THE DEAD is a tragicomedy of a mom who is needed by her three little children and her husband day and night and never sleeps.