Jamila Johnson-Small: i ride in colour and soft focus, no longer anywhere

“Its so easy to just crush everything with the horror of being me”

Last Yearz Interesting Negro alias Jamila Johnson-Small performed i ride in colour and soft focus, no longer anywhere at the Baltic Circle International Theater Festival in November 2017. Janina Rajakangas and Tuomas Laitinen had a short discussion with Jonhson-Small just before she stepped into the airport bus.

Dana Michel: Mercurial George

“I definetely have a very specific route to keep me somewhat connected to earth to not completely spin off to another dimension.”

Choreographer Dana Michel’s Mercurial George was performed at Stoa in Helsinki as a part of the program of Moving in November -festival in November 2017. Discussing with Michel are Janina Rajakangas and Tuomas Laitinen.

Jefta van Dinther: Dark Field Analysis

“I was thinking it should be two really buff, muscular, naked guys who would talk of something really sensitive.”

Choreographer Jefta van Dinther’s Dark Field Analysis was performed at Kiasma Theater as a part of the program of Moving in November -festival in November 2017. His choreography for Cullberg-ballet, Protagonist, was in turn performed at Tampere Theater Festival in August. Discussing with Van Dinther are Janina Rajakangas and Tuomas Laitinen.

Anna-Mari Karvonen: Amor Fati & Peggy Pickit ser Guds ansikte

“The body as a passage – of life and of various forces: alcohol, food, viruses, loves, hopes, fears.”

Amor Fati by Anna-Mari Karvonen and Anni Puolakka was performed at Kiasma Theatre in September 2017 and Karvonen’s direction Peggy Picket ser Guds ansikte premiered at Svenska Teatern in January of the same year. Esitysradio saw Amor Fati in Kiasma and Peggy Pickit ser Guds Ansikte at Tampere Theare Festival in August.  The discussion with Karvonen, by Janina Rajakangas and Tuomas Laitinen, is in Finnish.

Eino Saari / Vaara Collective & Kajaani Town Theatre: The Touch of Man

“Touching other men is a great deal easier and more natural to me than it was before I started this.”

The Touch of Man, a documentary theatre piece by Kajaani City Theatre and Vaara-collective, visited Stoa in Helsinki on 29th-30th of September 2017. The Touch of Man is based on tens of interviews the director Eino Saari conducted with Finnish men and experts, on their personal history of touching and the culture of male touch in general. Janina Rajakangas and Tuomas Laitinen from Esitysradio had a discussion with Saari, in Finnish.

Biniyam: ”BABY WE CHANGING CULTURE” // special live show

“We thought we would put a Ferrari in the middle of the room.”

“BABY WE CHANGING CULTURE” by the rap artist Biniyam was a part of Kiasma Theatre’s URB festival in August 2017. Janina Rajakangas and Tuomas Laitinen discussed with Biniyam on the following week.

The discussion is in Finnish.

Belarus Free Theatre: Burning Doors

“We were looking for a point when an actor can no longer survive on stage.”

Esitysradio saw Burning Doors by Belarus Free Theatre at Tampere Theatre Festival on the 12th of August 2017. Mira Kautto and Tuomas Laitinen discussed with the director Nicolai Khalezin.

The discussion is in English and Russian, with the Russian parts also translated into English.

Sanna Kekäläinen: Hafed collage of differences and fragility & Whorescope

“It is rest for the soul”

Esitysradio wathed two choreographies by Sanna Kekäläinen: the group work Hafed collage of differences & fragility in October 2016 and the solo Whorescope in April 2017. Both were performed at the kekäläinen&company’s Physical Art Theatre at the Cable Factory in Helsinki.

Discussion with Sanna Kekäläinen by Janina Rajakangas and Tuomas Laitinen is in Finnish.

Ian Kaler & Jam Rostron: o.T. (Incipient Futures)

“We are interested in generating a space where individuals can project their own questions, process, things that they come with on that specific night into the theater. We are vessels for that somehow.”

Ian Kaler‘s choreography o.T. (Incipient Futures) was performed at the Sidestep-festival at Zodiak the center of new dance in Helsinki in February 2017. It is the third piece in the o.T.-series (ger. ohne titel = untitled) by Kaler and the musician and media artist Jam Rostron a.k.a. Planningtorock. Also the dancer and costume designer Stephane Peeps Moun, the percussionist Joy Leah Joseph and the light designer Imogen Heath performed in the piece.

The discussion with Kaler and Rostron by Mira Kautto and Tuomas Laitinen.