Planing a trans-Baltic performance takes a lot of preparation, coordination and artistic exchange. The work on Normal Cake, Please had a good start in 2017 but we quickly realised the project is bigger and more complex that it’s predecessor: In the Nude.
Embracing the topic of “normality” is complex in a time when normalising certain, marginalised groups in society demonstrates necessary, positive signs of inclusion – but on the other hand there is a normalisation of both inhumane actions and speech taking place that we all should be alarmed by. So, we pose the question: What is normal to you? And are you okay with that?
Performer and standup comedian Jamie MacDonald (CA/ FIN) was welcomed as a member of the team in January 2018, and a new writers workshop was scheduled for July. This turned out to be productive for the writing process and boosting the audience work. And we were able to hold a reading for an invited audience on July 5th.
Photos by Beáta Kublik
Spent an inspiring week in Riga, Latvia in the brilliant company of writer/ performers Ivo Briedis and Janne Saarakkala to devise the concept for a new performance scheduled to premier in 2018. We are reviving 3 characters from the 2008 show In the Nude – who will unite around a special celebration.
Other exciting connections include the progressive St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in Riga, a representative of the LGBT community and the Ara Dance Company.
Can’t wait for the next workshop!
Supported by Kultur Kontakt Nord.
After working in many contexts with cross-border collaborations, touring productions and arranging international platforms I was very happy to discover that Teater FÅR 302, and other clever people, have joint forces to share knowledge and information about touring and co-productions in Scandinavia. Can be found on the website: Kompas1.
Ps. I translated the site with the glorious Iben Phillipsen.
I’m currently in the wonderful city of Helsinki working with 3 colleagues that I met in 2004: Elin Petersdottir (ICE), Janne Saarakkala (FIN) and Ivo Breidis (LAT). Our performance Leftovers from the War premiers on the 8th of November and looks at family history, WW II and the generation that was handed things on a silver plate.
Leftovers from the War is presented by the Baltic Circle Festival 2012 and supported by Kulturkontakt Nord.