Death at Work (Kuolema työssä)
||Pop-up teatr (St Petersburg, Russia)
|Produced / co-produced by:
||Baltic Circle theatre festival
Death at Work is a stage performance mixing two distinct rituals: a funeral and a theatre piece. Its performers are individuals working with death, such as a gravedigger, a priest, a cantor and a funeral home worker. Instead of philosophical and religious speculations, the piece approaches death from the perspective of practicalities and routines.
The topic of death has been handed over from everyday life to institutions and specialists. How does this distancing affect the economy, political decision-making and our everyday lives? What tools are we left with to face death? What could experts in death and dying teach us about death?
Pop-up teatr is a theatre platform from Saint Petersburg conducted by theatre director Semion Aleksandrovsky that creates performances in public spaces and in different contexts. The piece Death at Work is a collaboration between Aleksandrovsky and visual artist Ksenia Peretrukhina from Moscow. The duo has previously collaborated in Moscow’s Taganka Theatre and the Perm Opera in the fields of experimental theatre, documentary theatre and contemporary opera. Their works have been awarded at the prestigious Golden Mask theatre festival in Russia.
|Running time at full length
|Stage required (height/width/depth)
||4,5 x 10-11 x 6-7 m
|Scale of show / Special requirements
||Proper lighting, sound and projection equipment
|No. of people on tour
|No. of performers
|Requires a clear understanding of Finnish or another language
||simultaneous translation needed
||yes - arranged by the organiser
|Availability for workshop and educational work
||post show discussion (with our death expert performers)
||Sara Paavolainen, Matti Puumalainen, Kaisu Rauhamaa, Kai Sadinmaa
||Performance dramaturge: Jukka Hyde Hytti, graphic designer: Kaarina Tammisto