Sad Songs from the Heart of Europe

Theatre: sadsongskomplex:fi
Premiere: 7.3.2013
Sad Songs from the Heart of Europe

Sad Songs from the Heart of Europe (a play by Kristan Smeds 2006) is a raw and powerful love story based on Dostoevsky‘s classic novel Crime and Punishment. The point of view of the poetic play is Raskolnikov’s beloved Sonya, who finds herself driven to prostitution. Sad Songs from the Heart of Europe is a touching vision of Europe – a continent where luck and fortune are greatly divided, and where young men undertake extreme and desperate actions where “the poor are robbed of even the shit from their pants”. Sad Songs from the Heart of Europe looks deep into the human soul with a Dostoevskian merciful gaze. It shows us that beauty, light, and miracles flicker even at the darkest of times – that love can still trickle through.

Sad Songs from the Heart of Europe is an award-winning theatre performance that has so far been seen at 7 international theatre festivals, in 8 countries and in 15 cities – and the tour continues.

The performance, directed by Jari Juutinen, has so far visited Helsinki Theatre Festival STAGE (Finland), XVII International Dostoevsky Chamber Theatre Festival (Russia), Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre (Georgia), IX International Festival of Monoperformances Atspindys ”Reflections” (Lithuania), Monomaffia (Estonia), Dostoevsky Museum Theatre (Russia), International Selection 2015-16 in Brussels with BOZAR, Théâtre National de la Communaute Française, Royal Flemish Theatre KVS (Belgium), Théâtre du Centaure, the French-speaking premiere 2016 (Luxembourg), Le Gueulard (France) and several cities in Finland. At the XVII International Dostoevsky Chamber Theatre Festival actress Liisa Sofia Pöntinen was awarded with Best Actress Award. At the Lithuanian Festival of Monoperformances Atspindys the actress received Atspindys Award. In the summer of 2017 the performance will be seen at the honoured Festival d'Avignon OFF in France.

sadsongskomplex:fi is a loose collective of talented Finnish theatre artists gathered around playwright–director Jari Juutinen and actress Liisa Sofia Pöntinen. The group does co-operation with theatres and groups abroad.

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Touring information

Running time at full length 80 min
Interval no
Stage required (height/width/depth) min. 3 + 8 + 4 m
Scale of show / Special requirements Easy to tour
No. of people on tour 2-3
No. of performers 1
Used language Finnish (+ possible in French / in English)
Requires a clear understanding of Finnish or another language yes
Subtitles English, Russian, German, Georgian, French, Dutch, Swedish
English synopsis yes, ask
Simultaneous translation no
Touring season since 2013
Availability for workshop and educational work ---

Key personnel

Directed by Jari Juutinen
Written by Kristian Smeds
Concept by ---
Performers Liisa Sofia Pöntinen
Lighting design Jari Juutinen
Sound design Opa Pyysing, Jari Juutinen, Liisa Sofia Pöntinen
Stage design Riitta Ukkonen, Jari Juutinen, Liisa Sofia Pöntinen
Costume design Riitta Ukkonen, Liisa Sofia Pöntinen
Other credits Produced by: sadsongskomplex:fi

Contact information

Contact Jari Juutinen
Position director
Telephone +358443394144
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