With musician Taito Hoffrén, we’re making a performance of fear. Fears unite people, passing social classes. Pelko/Fear moves from detail to general, from local to global, from small to big; we talk about personal and local fears, that become general and global, at least at the level of thought. Personal fears are universal. We are asking, what do I fear. What do I skip because I’m afraid? Fear kills curiosity and restricts life. Do I turn my eyes away and why? Do I dare to look somebody into the eye, do I dare to face the issue, myself, the other? On the other hand, fear protects us and makes life more secure. Who is taking advantage of our fears, who is fearmongering, and why? When does creating security cause fear?

Pelko/Fear premiered at Hangö Teaterträff festival, 8-9 June, 2019. It is one of our co-producers, the others being BIT Bergen and Kanuti Gildi SAAL.

At Kajaani Poetry Week 2018 we researched the subject in three public sessions. They were called Letter, Ghost and Safecave. They took place in a tent, among the pine trees of the conservatory. Reijo Haukia captured a moment from Safecave.

We continued rehearsing with audience at Orimattila Art Museum, October 2018, at Kanuti Gildi SAAL, March, at Lainsuojattomat Festival, Pori, and at Toimela, Pukkila, May 2019.

Hey, would you like to participate in the up-coming performance? Write us about fear, what it means to you. We are very grateful, if you choose to do so. We’ll handle the answers confidentally, and don’t mention your name, if you say so. You can send your letter at pelko(at)

The official Pelko/Fear website can be found here.

The collage up above is a work by Niina Lehtonen Braun, who made four pieces for Pelko/Fear.