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Death at Work (Kuolema työssä)

Theatre: Pop-up teatr (St Petersburg, Russia)
Premiere: 13.11.2018
Produced / co-produced by: Baltic Circle theatre festival
Death at Work (Kuolema työssä)

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.

Touring information

Running time at full length 80
Interval no
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 8
No. of performers 4
Used language Finnish
Requires a clear understanding of Finnish or another language simultaneous translation needed
Subtitles in video
English synopsis yes
Simultaneous translation yes - arranged by the organiser
Touring season negotiable
Availability for workshop and educational work post show discussion (with our death expert performers)

Key personnel

Directed by Semion Aleksandrovsky
Concept by Semion Aleksandrovsky
Performers Sara Paavolainen, Matti Puumalainen, Kaisu Rauhamaa, Kai Sadinmaa
Stage design Ksenia Peretrukhina
Other credits Performance dramaturge: Jukka Hyde Hytti, graphic designer: Kaarina Tammisto

Contact information

Contact Jukka Hyde Hytti
Position Performance dramaturge
Email jukka.hyde.hytti@tinfo.fi
Links VIDEO with English subtitles - rec. & ed. by C. Thomas
Photos (Baltic Circle - Tani Simberg)

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