Espoo City Theatre presents a moveable feast of diverse visiting performances showcasing plurality of subject matters and forms in performing arts. Work exploring racialisation of bodies, gender identities, love, motherhood, and post-apocalyptic rebirth find form in genres extending from contemporary circus and theatre puppetry to traditional drama.
Cutting edge Finnish performances
The visiting performance season opens with Geoffrey Erista’s N.E.G.R.O., a compelling solo work exploring racialised bodies and black masculinity. The monologue form seamlessly intertwines with physical theatre, dance, and video art.
Merja Pöyhönen and company bring a contemporary theatre puppet performance for adults to Louhisali. Co-produced with Turku City Theatre and based on Anu Kaaja’s award-winning debut novel, LEDA mixes rococo, the swan myth, and gender identities.
Miiko Toiviainen’s celebrated and award-winning monologue Kepeä elämäni (My Nonchalant Existence) brings its blend of lyrical, musical, and endlessly playful joy to Revontulisali. This autobiographical tour de force maps transformation of trans identity into a source of happiness and resourcefulness.
Captivating international visits
Nimrod Danishman’s Borders is a powerful drama set in a virtual world. A forbidden connection in the Middle East, the love that dare not speak its name: an indirect relationship is lived through screens, messages, emojis, and GIFs.
In December, Louhisali hosts Compagnie Facteurs Communs and Teatteri Metamorfoosi’s new production Survival Kit. The Finnish – French performance bubbles with gallows humour as the apocalypse simply becomes a new beginning.
Box office favourites return
Sold out sensations of season 2020 are back by audience demand. The world-renowned Race Horse Company premiered their latest show O’DD in Louhisali last year. Drawing inspiration from the world of sci-fi, O’DD is Rauli Dahlberg’s ambitious solo performance that envisions the future of contemporary circus. Added dates for October in Louhisali.
Hanna Vahtikari’s Kuin raivo äiti (Raging Mother) returns to Revontulihalli in December. Written and performed by Vahtikari, motherhood is laid bare in all its glory and gore. As piercing as it is funny, the performance is a highly relatable story of a mother’s life. Music is performed by Marzi Nyman.
Ticket sales open on May 26. Bookings are subject to restrictions limiting audience numbers. Further seats will be released pending easing of restrictions
Surtitles for all performances are available in Finnish and in English via the theatre’s surtitles app.