9.4.-4.6.2021, Turku I
An ineffable toy theatre performance
The Unmentionable by Niina Lindroos is a solo toy theater* performance inspired by life and art of a French photographer and painter Dora Maar (1907-1997). The starting point for the piece was the puppet theatre -like presence of Dora Maar’s surrealist photographs; the situations, spaces and characters in the images all lead towards something words cannot express. What is left outside the photograph frames? What happens before and after the brief moment that is captured on film?
The Unmentionable keenly perceives Dora Maar’s oeuvre, approaches it with awe and playfulness, finally passionately plunges into its world. The performance depicts melancholy as well as the titillating sense of mystery, two feelings that create the characteristic tension in the artist’s works. The solo bows to Dora Maar’s art yet also creates its own, indescribable reality with the means of puppet art.
*Toy theatre is an art form that emerged in the 19th century as a miniature-size imitation of theatre of its time. Niina Lindroos’ toy theatre imitates visual arts resulting as contemporary puppetry from the new millennia.
WORKING GROUP Direction and dramaturgy: Niina Lindroos & Elina Sarno Performance and puppet construction: Niina Lindroos Light design: Essi Santala Sound design: Henri Hyökyvirta Costumes: Riikka Mellin and working group Logistics and visual assistance: Jenni Rutanen Scenography: working group Photographs: Maija Kurki Production: Niina Lindroos and TEHDAS Teatteri
Fri 9.4. at 19 (premiere) Sat 10.4. at 19 Sun 11.4. at 15 Thu 15.4. a 19 Fri 16.4. at 19 Sat 17.4. at 19 Sun 18.4. at 15 Wed 28.4. at 19 Thu 29.4. at 19 Sun 2.5. at 15 Thu 27.5. at 19 Fri 28.5. at 19 la 29.5. at 19 ti 1.6. klo 19 ke 2.6. klo 19 to 3.6. klo 19 pe 4.6. klo 19 TEHDAS Teatterissa Esityksen kesto: n. 1 h (ei väliaikaa) Ikäsuositus: 13+
The performances are carried out live at the Tehdas Teatteri theatre space for four spectators at the time. All necessary COVID-19 safety precautions are taken into mesure. The audience and staff wear masks and the adequate physical distance of 2 meters can be maintained also in the audience.
The performance is supported by Finnish Cultural Fund, Varsinais-Suomi Regional Fund // Finnish Arts Promotion Centre, Arts Council of Varsinais-Suomi // TOP-Foundation // City of Turku, Cultural Committee // Turku Theater Foundation // Puppet art network Aura of Puppets.
Webinar discussion on surrealism in Puppet theatre with the working group and art historian Roni Gren Sun 18 April (in Finnish). Recorded discussion on Tehdas Teatteri webpage.