Espoo City Theatre will start a digital international repertoire through its platform EspoonTeatteriPlus. The platform will present top-class performances from some of the world’s best performing artists on a monthly basis, subtitled in Finnish and English.
The repertoire includes high-quality international stage works, which would otherwise be impossible to bring to Finland because of cost reasons. During the Covid pandemic, a wide range of new platforms and tools have emerged that allow international performing arts to be presented digitally.
A Window to the World
“Theatre and the performing arts are going strong in the world. Somewhere there is a large number of great performances by important international theatre creators that has never landed in Finland. The good side of the pandemic has been that we have learned to enjoy the performing arts also through high-quality recordings. We want to open a window to the world where the audience can see these great performances. We want to offer theatre works that we Finns couldn’t even imagine existed.” says Erik Söderblom, the artistic director of Espoo City Theatre.
Cross-section of the performing arts
Through the EspoonTeatteriPlus-platform, Espoo City Theatre will strengthen its position as Finland’s international theatre. The digital programme allows the audience to delve deeper into the performing arts. The programme opens with Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s adaptation of Elfriede Jelinek’s masterpiece Die Kinder der Toten. In December, this New York based theatre company will also visit Tapiola on site for their latest work, Burt Turrido: an Opera, in which Espoo City Theatre is one of the co-producers.
The 2021–22 season of the EspooTeatteriPlus platform includes seven international works that cover different genres, such as theatre, dance, circus, musical theatre and film. The program includes Gulliver’s Travels, directed by Silviu Purcărete, one of Europe’s most respected directors, The Pulse, created by Gravity and Other Myths, one of the world’s leading circus groups, and the multi-artistic hit Kreatur choreographed by German choreographer Sasha Waltz.
The repertoire will be presented in collaboration with Keikalla.fi and tickets can be purchased through Lippu.fi from 4.11.2021 at 10 € per ticket.
In addition, two films will also be presented offline in collaboration with Kino Tapiola: Die Kinder der Toten by Nature Theater of Oklahoma (9.11.2021) and Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir by Ariane Mnouchkine (25.1.2022). Ticket for screenings at Kino Tapiola can be purchased through Kino Tapiola’s ticket service.