Grus Grus Theatre & TEHDAS Theatre: FULL MEASURES

The show Full Measures inventively uses object manipulation and contemporary dance techniques to create a visually outstanding live storytelling.

The performance Full Measures has been created during the autumn of 2019. Livsmedlet theatre duo has been already for several years gaining experience in artistic research work with different techniques of object based stage animation. This time, a new concept was developed: a trio for puppet artist, dancer and measure sticks. Full Measures is a visual and proportionally ambitious account on mankind’s obsession of measuring. Using unconventional techniques, we expand the boundaries and possibilities of object theatre. The show begins in a simple yet enigmatic setting: a random meeting between two people in a bizarre world made entirely of measures. In an attempt to establish a human contact, the couple finds itself trapped in communication that revolves only around measuring oneself and the world.Soon the space around them transforms into a surreal jungle of measures, as everything turns into numbers, averages and percents.

The obsession for measuring everything plagues our modern society and reaches insane absurdities.Measuring has become an integral part of our existence. What happens to our world when also the unmeasurable is forced into counting units? Do we still measure to improve our lives, or have the roles changed – do we now live to measure more effectively?

Reviews:   “The folding rule is unmistakable in its millimeter precision, so it is brilliant to use it as the agent in this form of object theatre” – Ann-Christine Snickars, Åbo Underrättelser   

“Ishmael Falke and Sandrina Lindgren discover the movement qualities of the folding rules with fine distinction (…) their characters do with this object just about everything possible.” – Jouko Grönholm,Turun Sanomat

Concept, direction and performance: Ishmael Falke and Sandrina Lindgren
Guest director: Idit Herman
Sound design: Niklas Nybom
Lighting design: Jarkko Forsman
Dramaturgical support: Ville Kurki
Assistant: Sarah Bazire

Premiere 20.9.2019 at THEDAS Theatre, Turku Finland

Performance duration: c. 1h
Language: Mostly non-verbal, English.

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