Life as we know it

Theatre: Maija Hirvanen & Juha Valkeapää
Premiere: Sept 2020 (in Finnish), Nov 2020 (in English)
Produced / co-produced by: Co-production: TTT-Theatre, Baltic Circle festival, Espoo City Theatre, Maija Hirvanen, Juha Valkeapään Ääni.
Life as we know it

The starting point for the performance Life as we know it by Maija Hirvanen and Juha Valkeapää has been in imagining directions, to which life could go or where it would be desired to go. A small part of this process has been selected to be cultivated into a stage performance. The imagined directions of life have turned into a performance through exaggeration and dreaming; Life as we know it is a kind of adults play of imagining.

The elements of this act of playing are - in addition to imagining the close future - wondering and repetition, coincidence and choice and performing in the intersection of fiction and real.

Choreographed bodily acts, movement, words and utterances, sound and gleaming lights are driving the life-wondering world of the performance.

To imagine is to create and to use one's imagination, but imagination is also an area through which we can influence change, to create a basis for what life and the world will be like in the future.

Maija Hirvanen and Juha Valkeapää are internationally established, Helsinki based performance makers. Life as we know it is their first collaborative work.

The performance is supported within the framework of TINFO – Theatre Info Finland’s international program MOTI, which is funded by Finnish Cultural Foundation

Supported by: Kone Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland

Residencies: Santarcangelo Festival / Santarcangelo, Homo Novus Festival / Riga, De Platoo / Brussels, Teater Viirus, TTT Theatre

Touring information

Running time at full length 60 min.
Interval no
Stage required (height/width/depth) For the lighting plot and technical rider, please contact or
Scale of show / Special requirements apprx./min. 8 m (w), 10 m (d), 8 m (h)
No. of people on tour 4
No. of performers 2
Used language English
Requires a clear understanding of Finnish or another language ---
Subtitles ---
English synopsis [above]
Simultaneous translation ---
Touring season from now till the future
Availability for workshop and educational work on demand

Key personnel

Directed by Text, performance, and overall responsibility: Maija Hirvanen ja Juha Valkeapää
Written by Physical and performance dramaturgy: Maija Hirvanen, in discussion with the whole working group
Concept by Text, performance, and overall responsibility: Maija Hirvanen ja Juha Valkeapää
Performers Maija Hirvanen & Juha Valkeapää
Lighting design Jenni Pystynen (+ space design)
Sound design Ville Kabrell
Other credits Artistic discussion partner Barbara van Lindt, Dramaturgical discussion partner Aune Kallinen

Contact information

Contact Maija Hirvanen
Position artist, choreographer, performance maker
Telephone +358503557176
Email maija[at]
Links For more material and dossier, please contact or
5 min. extract / video clip - For the link for full length documentation, please contact or

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