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WORKS

FULL MEASURES

(OBJECT THEATER PIECE)

dramaturg

 

A chance meeting in a chaotic world of constant change. A couple unites in an attempt to measure, map out and define each other. Measuring has become an integral part of our existence. Do we still measure to improve our lives, or have the roles changed – do we now live to measure more effectively?

Full Measures is a trio for puppet artist, dancer and measure sticks. It is a visual and proportionally ambitious account on mankind’s obsession of measuring. The internationally acclaimed Turku based ensemble Falke-Lindgren-Nybom-Forsman unite their forces with the Tel Aviv based director Idit Herman. By using unconventional techniques, the creators are once again expanding the boundaries and possibilities of object theatre.

 

Concept, direction and performance: Ishmael Falke and Sandrina Lindgren

Guest director: Idit Herman

Grus Grus Teatteri and TEHDAS TEATTERI - production 2019

REQUIEM FOR VACUUM CLEANING

(DANCE PERFORMANCE)

dramaturg

 

Vacuuming, dancing and choral singing are mixed in a visual, musical and dynamically captivating tribute to one of our most hated household chores. The performance is part of the project The Household Dance Protocol (HDP), which during the last two years has examined the relationship between dance and everyday movements.

 

Orig. title "Sielunmessu pölynimurille", Choreograpfy Sandrina Lindgren
Grus Grus Teatteri production in co-operation Barker Teatteri, 2019

THE LAST DROP

(CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS)

director-dramaturg

"There is something truly boarder breaking in this performance. We are able to see people both as individuals and as mass with a stunning force." Ann-Christine Snickars, ÅU

Viimeinen pisara (The Last Drop) is a visual theater piece made with 9 young circus artists. In the core of the performance, there is a look the human potential. The world around us is collapsing yet there's a place for pride, beauty and strive forward.
 

Orig. title "Viimeinen pisara", directed together with Janna Haavisto
Grus Grus Teatteri produced this performance with Turku City Theater and Turku Polytechnic Arts Academy, Circus department, 2018

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ROADSIDE PICNIC - STALKER

(OUTDOORS SOLO PERFORMANCE)

actor - dramaturg

Thalia Prize 2019, awarded by the TINFO (Theatre Info Finland)

"Grus Grus Teatteri's Roadside Picnic is an immersive performance for all senses (...) You won't leave this picnic behind with a shrug - and that if something is a sign of good theater." -Irmeli Haapanen, TS

An adaptation of the sci-fi classic "Roadside Picnic" by the Russian authors Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.

In the role of a "Stalker" I took the audience to a concrete and mental journey to a mystic "zone" where aliens may have visited and where peoples' deepest wishes may come true.

Orig. title "Huviretki tienpientarelle", director: Tommi Silvennoinen
Production: Grus Grus Teatteri

Location, outdoors Turku city area, 2018

THE BIRCH MOUSE AND THE SHREW

(A VISUAL CHIDREN'S PLAY INCLUDING LIVE DRAWING)

director - dramaturg

"A lovestory that charms line by line."-Anniina Karhu, TS

“Koivuhiiri ja päästäinen” is based on the author Esko-Pekka Tiitinen’s Finnish-language picture book “Onnen omat”, as well as the music play created in collaboration with composer Kaj Chydenius.


Orig. title "Koivuhiiri ja päästäinen"

Production: ITU-lastenteatterin ideahautomo, City Theater of Turku and Grus Grus Teatteri, 2018

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KATSURO - A PHYSICAL DRAMA WITH BUDO ELEMENTS

director-dramaturg

"Every time period has its own Katsuro." -Päivi Kuokkanen, YS

"Katsuro" based on a Finnish folk tale  and the play "Kullervo" by Aleksis Kivi

A story of a self-destructive young man Kullervo has always interested me. This  was my second version from the same play. This time in my adaptation the play  took place in samurai Japan, not in the backwoods of ancient Finland. A big part in the realization of this production was budo training with the actors. Especially we practiced aikido which I myself have been training intensively over a decade,

Production: Ahaa Teatteri, Tampere 2017

HUMAN OBSERVATIONS

(A CO-OPERATION WITH DANCERS AND A FINE ARTIST)

dramaturg

This was fine artist Tomas Regan's project to combine movement and pictures. I worked as a dramaturg and dialogist to find ways to use space and time in "Taidesalonki" -gallery where they had both Regan's art work and dancers during an exhibition. The dancers were models for drawings and paintings presented in the gallery and there for the process was rather long, slow and interesting. Most importantly I worked with the whole group helping them to find a common language.

Location Taidesalonki Gallery, Helsinki 2017

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HAMLET, THE WHOLE TRUTH


(A NON-LINEAR ADAPTATION OF "HAMLET")

director - dramaturg

"Four groups, with four different experiences of the same play, in one of the most ingeniously choreographed, and moving, Hamlets I have ever seen." - Nely Keinänen, bloggingshakespeare.com

"Hamlet, The Whole Truth" was a non-linear play based on William Shakespeare's orginal work. The audience wandered around an authentic medieval castle and met characters from the play.

Orig. title "Hamlet, koko totuus" was staged in a medieval castle in Turku, Finland

Production: Grus Grus Teatteri, 2016

BLACK BOX BUTTERFLY

(A VISUAL POST DRAMA)

director - writer

"Suspense in 'Black Box Butterfly' is built with projections that Janna Haavisto and Sofia Molin are drawing on stage in real time."-Isabella Rothberg, Hbl

A visual dystopian post drama with two women trapped in black box theater with their fears and fading faith in humanity.

In this production the actors draw images and forms live on stage and on themselves through a projection system which we developed especially for this play. Later we refined this technique in a children's play "The Birchmouse and the Shrew".

Orig. title "Svarta rummets fjäril"

Production: Grus Grus Teatteri and Svenska Teatern in Helsinki, 2014

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Q.2 FUTURUM IN MEMORIAM


(SCI-FI IN A BOTANIC GARDEN)

director-dramaturg

"There are wonderful moments when time stands still, when you can simply do nothing (but maybe listen to your own inner state and consciousness), we busy modern people notice these precious moments all too rarely."-Anniina Karhu, TS

A Sci-fi play in which we transformed a botanic garden into a space station. The main idea is that when people away plants capture the consciousness in fragments. The audience of the play were treated as test subjects of the characters in the story. The scenario was inspired by Stanislav Lem's novel "Solaris".

location: Botanic Garden of Turku University

Production: Tehdas Teatteri with University of Turku, 2014

SEBASTIAN

(A DANCE PERFORMANCE)

dramaturg

A hommage to a late dancer Sebastian Kaatrasalo.

Orig. title "Sebastian", koreog. Sulevi Sihvola

Production: Tanssiteatteri MD, 2014

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ENORMOUS LONELINESS


(A CEREMONY FOR DIVORCE)

director - dramaturg

"This is one of the best performances in the city Tampere this autumn." -Markus Määttänen, AL


A physical theater performance about divorce with a dancer and a clown.

Parts of the performance were filmed as part of a television talk show called "Eroilta" (eng. "Divorce Night") produced by national broadcasting company YLE.

Orig. title: "Valtava yksiö"

Production: Tampereen Teatteri and Grus Grus Teatteri, 2013

PERSONA

(A FILM ADAPTATION ON STAGE)

director-translator-dramaturg

"I felt dizzy as I witnessed the strangeness of human nature as did the fictional characters played by actors. The unraveling of secrets doesn't diminish the mystery, no it makes more dense." -Maria Säkö, Helsingin Sanomat

Ingmar Bergman's Persona is propably his most experimental film. This is the only film adaptation I have ever made for stage.


Production: Ådo Svenska Teater,Grus Grus Teatteri and City theater of Turku, 2013

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THE LITTLE PRINCE

(A VISUAL CHILDREN'S PLAY)

director - translator - dramaturg

"Makes you stop and ponder what is really important in life." -Irmeli Haapanen, TS

A Double Sided Tale of Children and Adults

A group of adult theater makers processed Saint Exupery’s “The Little Prince” to the stage. On the way, a second performance evolved – the Big Prince. While the Little Prince presented contemporary theatre’s loyal interpretation (including circus, puppetry and physical acting) to the original text, it’s little-big brother became into what could not be shown and told to the kids. This time not because it would scare the kids, but because we the adults are too scared to see it. The theatre of adulthood – to whom do we perform the role of adults, why are we trying to look reasonable?

I made my own translation of "The Little Prince" from French to Finnish.


Orig. title "Pikku prinssi"

Production: City Theater of Turku and Tehdas Teatteri, 2011

THE BIG PRINCE - AGE LIMIT: 18

(A COMEDY ABOUT GROUP THERAPY)

director - dramaturg

"The Big Prince - age limit 18 is a hilarious performance that laughs at adult's pseudo rationality."-Irmeli Haapanen, TS

A Double Sided Tale of Children and Adults


A group of adult theater makers processed Saint Exupery’s “The Little Prince” to the stage. On the way, a second performance evolved – the Big Prince. While the Little Prince presented contemporary theatre’s loyal interpretation (including circus, puppetry and physical acting) to the original text, it’s little-big brother became into what could not be shown and told to the kids. This time not because it would scare the kids, but because we the adults are too scared to see it. The theatre of adulthood – to whom do we perform the role of adults, why are we trying to look reasonable?

Orig. title "Iso Prinssi K-18"

Production: City Theater of Turku and Tehdas Teatteri, 2011

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TURISTS

(A COMICAL POST DRAMA)

dramaturg - translator - director

This play caused a local "cultural war" in Rovaniemi Lapland where it was staged in the city theater's big hall. The play was said to be elitist and difficult, others said it was funny and thought provoking. Turism is extremely important for the local economy at Rovaniemi.

Project included my translation from the text from French to Finnish.

Orig. title "Tourism" written by Sophie Lannefranque, produced in Rovaniemi Finland 2011

DAYS OF REASON - A LIVING STANDARD MUSICAL

(A CONTEMPORARY DANCE MUSICAL)

director - dramaturg

"Human body's response to society" -Pertti Julkunen, Uutispäivä Demari

In Finland there is a well known commercial event of a popular department store called "The Grazy Days". This piece was produced with Tanssiteatteri MD, which is in the city of Tampere is located on the same street as this department store.

Orig. title "Järjen päivät - elintasomusikaali"

Production: Tanssiteatteri MD and Grus Grus Teatteri, 2009

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EAZY MONEY

(A DRAMA)

director - playwright

"Addiction isn't the whole truth" -Maria Säkö, Helsingin Sanomat

I was asked by a Ahaa Teatteri, which is a professional theater specialized in youth and children's plays, to write and direct a about young people's internet gambling problems.

Orig. title "Hellppoo rahaa"

Ahaa Teatteri, Tampere 2009

HUGO SIMBERG'S WINGS

director - playwright

"This is the best play I have ever seen." Pekka Laiho, actor

I could say this play started my professional career. We toured with it six years in Finland and abroad, from 2007-2013. This was also the first production of Grus Grus Teatteri, a company founded originally to administrate the tour of this project.

Hugo Simberg was a Finnish symbolist painter who died 1907. He is still one of the most beloved fine artist in Finland to date. He had a unique sense of humor and was famous from his sympathetic devil characters. It is a truly strange affair in history when he was given the liberty to decorate the chathedral of Tampere as he pleased. Our play about him included animation, musical acts, contemporary dance and theater.

Orig. title. "Hugo Simbergin siivet", Grus Grus Teatteri, premier at Teatteri Telakka 2007

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