A contemporary theatre puppetry gem from Turku that mixes rococo, the swan myth, and gender identities.
Leda is an adaptation of Anu Kaaja’s eponymous, award-winning debut novel. In this theatrical world premiere, the classic Greek myth of Leda and the swan is recounted by a reclusive member of the landed gentry. Simultaneously tragic and hilarious, the emerging tableau speaks of a violation of a maiden, and of forbidden passions, identity, (mis)uses of power, and of love, as seen through the lens of different eras.Show more
In this scintillating theatre puppet version, the story is brought to life as only puppets can. When the hugely relatable narrator puppet is consumed by reading a letter, an innocent maiden Adèle, a carnal marchioness, plain-speaking Monsieur de Signe, and two barons, obsessively discussing birds’ feet, take over the stage. That the characters arefashioned from plastic accoutrement of erotica seems only fitting. As the tale unfolds, the rococo fancies and puppetry parodies yield to reveal darker shadows and fates.
Prepare to laugh, to feel confused, and to be moved!
Text Anu Kaaja
Concept and director Merja Pöyhönen
Cast Sirpa Järvenpää, Reetta Moilanen, Riina Tikkanen, Maija Westerholm
Puppet maker, stage and costume design Jenni Rutanen
Puppet maker (narrator puppet) Helena Markku
Composer Antti-Juhani Manninen
Sound designers Merja Pöyhönen ja Antti-Juhani Manninen
Light designer Essi Santala
A joint production by the company & Turku City Theatre
Louhi Hall, Espoo Cultural Centre
25 / 22 / 16 €
1 h 15 min, no intermission
Performed in Finnish, surtitles in English and in Finnish in mobile app
For adult audiences only. The performance addresses and includes sexual violence.