© Heli Sorjonen
KOLGA GOES ON TOUR IN NOVEMBER 2018
Kolga is a stage interpretation of a poem by Tommi Parkko. The performance combines theatre and circus skills with music, to produce a meaningful and atmospheric creation with striking imagery and memorable sound and lighting design.
Kolga is a place on the shoreline of Estonia, directly across the Baltic Sea from Finland. It is a place on the edge where land and sea meet, a place for mind-clearing and contemplation.
Kolga first premiered in Helsinki in October 2016.
It visited Feile na Bealtanaine festival in Ireland in April 28-29, 2017 in An Lab Theatre. Kolga was also performed in Spazio Teatro No’Hma, Milan at the Teresa Pomodoro Competition on May 3rd and 4th as well as in the Prize Ceremony 8th November 2018.
The poem is divided into three verses which inform the hour-long performance.
The first verse describes Kolga, a metaphor for the mind, in its timeless surrealistic aspects.
The second is full of tension, frustrated waiting, and anxiety.
The third brings us to the present moment, to a sense of clarity and presence.
The final words of the poem are: This is the end of the world.
Kolga was well received by critics in Helsinki who wrote:
‘The poem by Tommi Parkko is like a recipe, from which Myllyteatteri concocted an extraordinary piece for the stage. Henna Kaikula’s surpasses herself with an astonishing performance. She extended the concept of humanity in Kolga, bending reality itself with the many amazing characters she created and presented.’ – Aleksis Salusjarvi, YLE (Finnish Broadcasting Company)
‘Kolga probes the cavities of the human mind and avoids surface realities. Everything appears to function in accordance with Artaud’s concept of ‘poetics of space’ where music, mime, gestures and lighting create a whole. In Kolga the aesthetic elements merge and collectively result in the theatrical event.’
*The poem Kolga was published in the first collection of Tommi Parkko, “Lyhyt muisti, meri” (Tammi 1997).
Director and dramaturg Miira Sippola
Actors Jaakko Kiljunen and Ulla Raitio
Circus artists Henna Kaikula and Saku Mäkelä
Jazz-singer and composer Mia Simanainen
Classical singer and performing artist Niina Tamminiemi
Folk musician, singer Sanna Kurki-Suonio
Sound designer Joonas Outakoski
Light designer Juho Rahijärvi / Luca Sirviö
Visual designer Alisha Davidow
Photographer Heli Sorjonen
Graphic designer Jani Pulkka
Producer Reetta Kauranen, Myllyteatteri
TAPAUS GAALA/ CASE GALA
Myllyteatteri’s 10the anniversary performance, Tapaus Gaala is a stage carusel devised from the childhood memories. The performance asks how the mind and memory functions. Through the “cases” of one family, the spectator is taken inside the common history and humanity – to the common mind.
Beside the ten actors on stage the spectator sees ten equal-looking, human size puppets. The carrousel of memory spins around as the the performance leads the spectator through the inner layers of the mind to the gala itself.
The visual design – puppets, scenography and costumes – are designed by a wonderful Polish artist, Lukasz Trzcinski.
The performance visited Cricoteka, the performing arts’ centre founded by Tadeusz Kantor, in Krakow, October 16th-17th, 2015.
The performances in Helsinki were during 10.10.-14.11.2014, in KokoTeatteri.
Actors: Jaakko Kiljunen, Paula Koivunen, Kaisa-Liisa Logrén, Timo Ruuskanen, Niina Tamminiemi, Kaisa Niemi, Yuko Takeda, Idalotta Backman, Henna Kaikula ja Pilvi Hämäläinen
Concept, text and directing: Miira Sippola
Performance Dramaturgy: Titta Halinen
Scenography, making of the puppets, costume design: Lukasz Trzcinski
Sound design: Joonas Outakoski
Light design: Ville Mäkelä
Producer: Elina Raitis / Myllyteatteri
Interactions at visual artist Mia Hamari’s exhibition in Forum Box Gallery
Sound artist: Joonas Outakoski
Singer: Mia Simanainen
Physical performers: Reetta Honkakoski & Henna Kaikula