NO30 Ship of Fools (Kihnu Jõnn)
Ship of Fools (Kihnu Jõnn), a play by the Estonian writer Juhan Smuul, is a witty, epic and archetypal story about people who always sail away from their home, always so as to arrive home. The dramaturgical suspense and the psychological framework of human relations is as tense as the thread of a nobleman’s shirt, the jokes and the way the characters speak as juicy as a properly roasted fish. The ship that sails to the ocean is full of colourful characters, of exuberance and songs, of laughter and swing. And then the ship that hardly stays together at all, is on the sea for long weeks: the initial aim is long forgotten, tensions arise, everyone tries to get hold of the steering wheel and turn it in whatever direction. In the midst of an immense expanse of water sways a ship full of fools. Who should one believe? Who should one look to? Whereto forwards now? And why forwards?
Co-production with the Estonian Theater NO99.
Premiere: September 7th 2018.
Theatre NO99, Tallinn (Sakala 3)
Author: Juhan Smuul
Direction: Tiit Ojasoo (NO99)
Light Design: Petri Tuhkanen (Jalostamo²)
Musical design: Jakob Juhkam (NO99)
On stage: Marika Vaarik, Eva Koldits, Rea Lest, Gert Raudsep, Rasmus Kaljujärv, Simeoni Sundja, Jörgen Liik, Ragnar Uustal and Anna Lipponen (Jalostamo²)
Supported by: Finnish-Estonian Culture Foundation & TelePART
It’s year 1987-1991 during singing revolution of Estonia. Soviet Union is collapsing and new life is closer than ever. At the same time odd symptoms take 27-year old Else to see a doctor in Finland, and she is diagnosed with ALS. This is the setup full of comedy, drama and music for encounter of Estonian dad and Finnish daughter.
The play (written by actor Anna Lipponen) deals with freedom from perspective of individual and also society. Handless is a story about an encounter of a father and a daughter, about two racoons Manu and Panu and also about complexity of human life. The play is a black comedy where two culteres collide, it’s about death and the great passions in life. What is there when the only things that work are your brains and your heart?
Produced in collaboration with the Eesti Draamateater (EST) and Lahti City Theatre
Directed by: Tanjalotta Räikkä
Written by: Anna Lipponen
On stage: Anna Lipponen & Tõnu Oja
Lighning design & scenography: Petri Tuhkanen
Music and sound design: Samuli Laiho
Finnish premiere: December 2nd 2016 (Lahti City Theatre)
Estonian premiere: March 11th 2017 (Eesti Draamateater, Tallinn)
DIE HARD TAMPERE
A show about love, absolutelesness and radicalisation
DIE HARD TAMPERE, a theatre work created in an abandoned factory building, explored the actual and agonising phenomena – terrorism. A critical dive into the anatomy of radicalisation and the contemporary occidental mindscape. The production treated its thematics with an analytic touch, a gentle humour and without leaving any genre of theatre behind.
Is there something completely unconditional for us? Something for which we are ready to arm ourselves or to die for?
Co-produced by: Jalostamo-kollektiivi & Teatteri Siperia
Premiere September 29th 2017 Hiertämö factory (Hiedanranta, Tampere)
Shows until December 8th 2017
Direction & dramaturgy: Janne Pellinen Scenography: Petri Tuhkanen and Raisa Kilpeläinen Sound design: Saija Raskulla On stage: Marika Heiskanen, Tuukka Huttunen and Anna Lipponen
Produced by: Jalostamo-kollektiivi & Teatteri Siperia Producers: Richard Katajisto & Anna Lipponen
Rechnitz (The exterminating angel)
An exorcised prophecy reflecting the history and future of Europe
The contemporary play RECHNITZ (The exterminating angel) by the Nobel prize winning dramatist Elfriede Jelinek is set in motion by the shocking true event at the Rechnitz castle in Austria in 1945 – a massacre that took the lives of nearly 200 Hungarian jews. Jelinek´s text is a storm of facts, opinions, rumours and threats. The responsibles and victims disappear as the atrocities are faded away from the pages of history. The truth is hard to reach. The echoes of history turn secretly to into the images of the present as the events begin to reflect our reality here and now.
In the show Rechnitz the terrifying subject is studied by sympathetic research team that consist of a professor of history in crisis, an angel and the writer herself. The show is a game and satire breaking into a parody in three parts.
Rechnitz (The exterminating angel) was brought on stage by the team´s shared desire to make visible the modern European thematics such as xenophobia, denial and crises of economy and environment evoked by Elinek´s personal, exceptional and nearly impossible play. The show is a project of understanding – a cry for help disguised as a game. The most important is to understand – even momentarily – what it means when the history starts to repeat itself in us and in the world.
Produced by Jalostamo collective
Collaborating partners: Kiasma theatre, the Department of Acting NÄTY (Univ. of Tampere) and the Centre for Practise as Research in Theatre T7 (Univ. of Tampere)
PREMIERE April 7th 2015 (Teatterimonttu, Tampere)
Shows until April 17th 2015
RE-PREMIERE January 15th 2016 (Kiasma theatre, Helsinki)
Shows until February 12th 2016
Translation: Jukka-Pekka Pajunen (visitor)
Direction: Hilkka-Liisa Iivanainen (visitor)
Dramaturgy: Hilkka-Liisa Iivanainen ja Jukka-Pekka Pajunen
Scongraphy, light and video design: Petri Tuhkanen
Sound design: Janne Hast (visitor)
Music: Janne Hast ja Hilkka-Liisa Iivanainen
Costume design: Paula Varis
Choreography: Jarkko Mandellin (visitor)
On stage: Anna Lipponen, Jarkko Mandelin, Hannes Mikkelsson (Näty), Tanjalotta Räikkä (visitor) and Elisa Salo
– the story of an almost happy woman
Julia grows up and becomes a woman in Finland under the economic depression. She dreams about Romeo and ends up with Raimo. The husband is fine and the family grows first with one and then two children. In the beginning the happiness is overwhelming. Only one thing troubles Julia – money. The bills start to darken the small family’s sky and Julia´s anxiety builds up together with the debt load. One day Julia brakes down under her burden. And the rest is silence.
The monologue Julia/Julia written by Jari Juutinen is a story about a woman who kills her family during the period of economic depression in 1990´s Finland. The text is based on a true event that took place in the town of Porvoo in 2004. A young mother kills her two children, husband and herself under the family’s economic gridlock. The play is sadly actual. Unemployment increases, debt loads build up, people are constantly fallen out of the welfare state´s reach. Life is funded by quickie loans as no other solution presents itself.
The show combines traditional acting and movie storytelling. It is a creation where all the turning points of Julia´s life become a dead end. Why does Julia give up hope? What is happiness made out of and why does it break? Julia/Julia is a theatre work about shame, covering up and the fall of coulisses.
Premiere April 12th 2012 (Korjaamo, Helsinki)
On stage: Anna Lipponen
Direction and videos: Tommi Kainulainen
Scenography, lighting design and videos: Petri Tuhkanen
Filming: Aarne Tapola
Costume design: Paula Varis
Sound design: Viljami Lehtonen
Actors on video: Mikko Pörhölä, Teemu Ojanne, Eija Varima, Robert Enckell
Produced by: Jalostamo-kollektiivi