Centriphery project’s programme of supplementary events is here, and it’s all free! Welcome!
Espoo City Theatre collaborates with eight other European arts and culture organisations on a cross-disciplinary Centriphery project. The project brings together artists and local communities in decentralised and peripheral regions of Europe. The project consists of artistic residences, art workshops for local communities, art works, and performances. This multi-year project culminates in May at the theatre.
BIASED, 12–19 of May
BIASED was created by a working group of five artists. Matija Kezele from Croatia, Fred Nevché from France, and Tellervo Kalleinen, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, and Ami Karvonen from Finland joined forces under the aegis of Centriphery project.
BIASED is a performance that introduces us to mind tricks and the unconscious factors influencing our everyday life.
SUPPLEMENTARY PROGRAMME OF EVENTS AT THE THEATRE
The supplementary Centriphery programme of events includes an exhibition, a virtual reality artwork, an audio play, and discussions. Entry is free, but pre-booking is required for some events. All events take place at Espoo City Theatre (Revontulentie 8).
Come and join us!
CENTRIPHERY EXHIBITION, 12–19 of May
The Centriphery exhibition documents the multi-year project from multiple perspectives.
Open before performances of BIASED, free entry with a performance ticket.
Love simulation EVE: Water spirits (demo)
12 – 19 of May, before and after the performances of Biased
Dive into a virtual world and awaken your inner water spirit. Water spirits is an interactive experience for two people in a virtual water world. Pop on virtual reality (VR) glasses and enter another realm. Share the moment with friend or a fellow visitor and allow joy to wash over you!
Love simulation EVE: Water spirits is Eero Tianen and working group EVE’s virtual reality work about the power of human connection. EVE working group brings together artificial intelligence (AI) researchers and metaverse artists to create love algorithms in a virtual reality and AI world. Water spirits demo is a taste of things to come; in March 2023, Espoo City Theatre premieres the fully formed Love simulation EVE performance.
Water spirits demo runs before and after performances of BIASED.
Free entry, pre-booking is advised.
The VR experience is suitable for all over the age of 8. Running time: 6 minutes.
A VR glasses operator will be at hand to assist visitors.
LIVE-PODCAST: WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH THEATRE?
Sat May 14, starting at around 4pm
What’s the matter with theatre? is a discussion about what theatre looks like and feels like in 2022. Writers Veikka Lahtinen and Pontus Purokuru were tasked by Espoo City Theatre to watch every theatre performance this spring. Now, it’s time for their verdict. Has theatre got stuck in the past? What has theatre got to offer to societal analysis?
Lahtinen and Purokuru are the creators of cultural criticism podcast Mikä meitä vaivaa? and the two have co-authored several books. Their latest, Mikä liberalismia vaivaa?, analyses the union of capitalism and liberal governance and the related crises.
Free entry, discussion in Finnish.
Future narratives: How can art help us recreate stories of the future
Thursday 19th of May 2 – 4.30 pm
Keynote presentation by Roope Mokka and panel discussion with experts, hosted by Sean Ricks.
Art is often considered a reflection of society. Yet history has also proven that art is a force in transforming the world, providing narratives that help us imagine what lies ahead. The era we are living in is full of rapid changes, some of which are posing huge challenges to our future. However, do previous narratives of the future always keep up with the changing world? Do they help us solve the challenges we are facing today or tomorrow? In this panel we explore what kind of new and different stories about the future we need, and which role art can play in actively recreating the stories of our future.
Free entry, discussion in English. Register by 16th of May
The event will be livestreamed. You will receive an event link after pre-registering.
KARVONEN: NIELU, 12–19 of May
Ami Karvonen created Nielu as a part of the Centriphery project. The process took Karvonen to Delnice, a small town in Croatia, for three weeks. The work was inspired by a visit to Lokvarka cave in a neighbouring village.
Nielu is a narrative audio piece reconstructing a trek into a mysterious cave system that transforms into a journey of gradually liberating desire. The work is an exercise in increasing proximity. Themes of meeting, affecting, touching, and sensing are explored in multiple variations.
The audio sounds are, for the most part, gentle and they are intended for enjoyment. The work may not, however, be best suited for persons sensitive to bodily sounds. The work includes fantasies about proximity, touch, nestedness, and intermingling.
Text and performance Ami Karvonen, sound design Tatu Nenonen
The work is accessed privately via headphones, running time: 20 minutes.
No pre-registration, free entry.
Available Tue – Fri 11-5pm and for an hour before and after performances of BIASED.