50 Lovely Ways to Die

I wrote and directed, together with Kaja Kann, a society theatre performance, 50 Lovely Ways to Die. There are 15 scenes in the performance, in each somebody dies because of love. The scenes are from everyday life, myths and old stories.
Recipe is simple. The organizer searches for 16 volunteers who don’t have previous stage experience. Rehearsals take four days, and on the fifth there is performance. Besides the volunteers, there are four professionals there on stage.
Premiere at Baltoscandal, Rakvere, July 3, 2008. The next performances took place at Baltic Circle, Helsinki, November, 2009. General rehearsal was held in Tartu, March 19, 2008.

”A couple in car rides trough night. Holding lights unites the intimacy of being surrounded by dark. Using elementary theatrical vehicles and empty stage the authors opens the space to the amateur performers themselves. The aesthetic of non-acting, schematism and simplification of mise-en scéne to primitive model arrangement used as a tool to play with theatre itself.”  Martin Bernátek, Mobile Lab for Theatre and Communication, 09/2008

”Kyllä sen tietää mitä seuraa, kun valokuvaaja pyytää kuvattavana olevaa jousiampujaa suuntaamaan jännittämänsä nuolen kohti kameraa.” Lauri Meri, Helsingin Sanomat, 21.11.2009

Listen to Birth of Trees, that is, Filemon and Baukis’s story: Puiden synty / Birth of Trees

Photo: Sándor Vály, thank you Einride