Executed Stories

In this lecture performance, I tell life stories of executioners and executed people, and demonstrate execution methods. Tone of the performance is neutral and factual, with a touch of humour. And in the end, there is the last meal! There are two versions of Executed Stories, a 2 h 20 min long full version and an hour shorter light version. In February 2017 I made the performance in Finnish for the first time.

2013 Fin La La La! São Paulo, 10-11 August; Lokal Festival, Reykjavik, 30-31 August; Bastard Festival, Trondheim, 10-14 September; Baltic Circle, Helsinki, 13, 15-17 November; Nordwind Festival, Hamburg,  7-8 December

2014 Mousonturm, Frankfurt, 8-9 October

2015 Barents Spektakel, Kirkenes, 5 February; Bora Bora, Aarhus, 14 March; Festivaali!, Theaterdiscounter, Berlin, 8-9 July; Spielart, Munich, 2-3 November

2016 Theaterformen, Braunschweig, 14-15 June; Teaterfestivalen i Fjaler, Dale, 18 September

2017 Mad House Helsinki, 2-4 February; Lainsuojattomat, Pori, 5 September

”The performer also puts on the back wall a picture of a cute little fellow, himself as a five-year-old child. This is symbolic and notable. The performer is perhaps showing that each of us is capable to good and evil. At the very end, Executed Stories turns out to be an apparently human performance.” Eeva Kauppinen, Liikekieli.com 17.11.2013

”He tells his extraordinarily varied set of stories with an interestingly unspectacular-yet-engaging verbal delivery, and with a plethora of clever performative techniques.” Mark Brown, Teatteri&Tanssi, 02/2014

”Juha Valkeapää is a master of ceremonies. — Everything he does is real, all of it manual and so tangible that it strikes audiences trained in postdramatic theatre as nearly abstract. — With few gestures, wry statements, long pauses and a couple of household appliances he quietly turns a group of scattered, individual theatregoers in a vast, empty factory building into a highly concentrated community for whom time stands still.” Anna Teuwen, Theater der Zeit, 04/2014

Photo: Tani Simberg