Dark Matters is a solo performance exploring something that cannot be seen, but still may exist. It is a wet dream of a shapeless creature floating in a shoreless sea and a small, ephemeral and lost homo sapiens secretly wishing for an eternal disco. How did it all turn out like this? Without providing an answer something whispers back, squirming in space and amongst endless karaoke tickets, impatiently waiting to appear.
Dark Matters on the room that was always in the house without anyone finding it yet. It is lonely. Accepting loneliness is the first step in the process of being found.
Riina Tikkanen is a performer and puppeteer who works in various ensembles and working groups, moving between puppet theater, objects, materials and physical theater. After graduating from the puppetry department at Turku Art Academy (2011), she has performed in over thirty different shows. Dark Matters premiered 22.02.2019 in Viirus GUEST-program in Helsinki and has toured ever since. The performance visited TIP-Fest in 2020.
Director, on stage: Riina Tikkanen
Choreography: Lee Lahikainen
Photography: Maija Kurki
Light design: Anssi Ruotanen
Production: Teatteri Metamorfoosi
Dark Matters is supported by: Cité International des Arts, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Teaterstiftelsen Vivicas Vänner
Age recommendation: 15+
Language: English, nearly wordless