Life as we know it

Two artists imagine six possible directions of life. These directions are like swellings of life, coloured by ideologies and life styles – different kinds of routes on which wondering and repetition, coincidence and choice and fiction and real meet.

Life as we know it is a performance stemming from the principle of continuous change, questions of imagining close futures and the surprises of life. The ability to create requires an ability to renew ourselves and grow through the whole of our life. How to recognise change, how to influence it?

Choreographer & performance maker Maija Hirvanen and sound artist & performance maker Juha Valkeapää are both established artists working actively internationally and in Finland. Life as we know it is their first collaborative work, made of recycled narratives, physical situations, humour and friction.

Text, performance and the overall responsibility of the work Maija Hirvanen and Juha Valkeapää
Physical and performance dramaturgy Maija Hirvanen, in discussion with the group
Lighting design Jenni Pystynen
Sound design Ville Kabrell
Artistic discussion partner Barbara van Lindt
Dramaturgical discussion partner Aune Kallinen

Co-production Tampereen Työväen Teatteri (TTT Theatre), Baltic Circle Festival & Espoo City Theatre, Maija Hirvanen, Juha Valkeapään Ääni

Supported by Kone Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Theatre Information Centre Finland’s (TINFO) international program MOTI, funded by Finnish Cultural Foundation

Residencies Santarcangelo Festival / Italy, BUDA / Kortrijk, Homo Novus Festival / Riga, De Platoo / Brussels, Teater Viirus / Helsinki, TTT Theatre / Tampere

The premiere in Finnish language at TTT Theatre, Tampere, September 2020

Humor, anarchy hidden in gestures, and the performers’ near-perfect ability not to instill anything but let everything happen is rare. Maria Säkö, Helsingin Sanomat, 5.9.2020

Photo Aki-Pekka Sinikoski