Sat 7.11. at 2 and 7p.m. Turku City Theatre I
A modern puppet theater take on the Greek swan myth mixing genders, rococo and swans!
In 1800th century France, a member of the nobility living as a recluse in the countryside starts to write a new version of the tale about Leda and the Swan. Modernizing the ancient myth by bringing it to the rococo era the narrator crafts a tragic, yet an extremely funny story of the dishonoring of a virgin.
Puppets bring the story to life in its whole glory. Innocent virgin Adèle, depraved Marchioness, bold Monsieur de Signe and two Barons obsessed with bird’s feet find their forms from more or less erotic plastic objects and rococo swag. Beyond the parodic tone lie darker nuances and even more somber characters.
Content warning: The performance contains and discusses sexual violence
Leda is the world premiere of a novel by Anu Kaaja. Theater adaptation is by director Merja Pöyhönen and the working group consists of Finnish puppet theater professionals.
Valmistaudu nauramaan, hämmentymään ja liikuttumaan!
Script: Anu Kaaja
Directing and adaptation: Merja Pöyhönen
Puppets, scenography and costumes: Jenni Rutanen and Helena Markku
Composition and sound design: Antti-Juhani Manninen
Light design: Essi Santala
Performers: Sirpa Järvenpää, Reetta Moilanen, Riina Tikkanen, Maija Westerholm
Production: working group & Turku City Theatre
Leda is supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Turun teatterisäätiö, Finnish Cultural Foundation and Aura of Puppets.
Sat 7.11. 2p.m. and 7p.m. in Sopukka stage, Turku City Theatre
Performance period until 12.12.2020
Age recommendation: 15 +