Chekov Machine


In the picture, a person is lying on the floor with a mask resembling a pig in front of their face. A pile of papers has spread out from their hands on the floor. There is a person standing next to the lying person with only their feet in black high heels showing in the image. The coloring of the picture is strange and the skin color of both the person lying on the ground and the person standing on the edge is blue.

Photo: Paola Guzman Figueroa

I hate you

I hate me

I hate everybody

I want to hit you with a stone

shame on me

shame on me

shame on me

I am a loser



[in English below]

“Syntipukki – Syndabocken” utvecklar och undersöker scenkonstgruppen Chekhov Machine det västerländska kollektiva illamåendet genom att undersöka dagens destruktiva tankar och informationsflödet som plågar och påverkar oss till självdestruktivitet, utbränning samt depression.

Föreställningen blir ett poetiskt mångkonstnärligt och flerspråkigt scenkonstverk.


Scapegoat moves under the layers of expectations and reason. Located in the world of the subconscious and senses, poetry and brutality, the basis of the performance is the working group’s own dark and destructive thoughts, which they try to hide from the light of day.

The performance makes use of literature and memories accumulated in the body of loneliness, outsiders and madness with the aim of breaking the apparent reality. What kind of encounters arise when subconscious impulses break through the norms?

Combining dance, literature, video and sound art, the performance explores the human being as a multi-personal and fragmented entity with many overlapping self-images. It asks: what are the sins of Western people today – or, on the other hand, the virtues?


Regi, text, koncept: Cris af Enehielm

Ljuddesign: Ludvig Allén

Videodesign samt estetik: Paola Guzman Figueroa

Performance konstnärer: Jonna Eiskonen, Sue Lemström, Antti Seppänen, Cris af Enehielm, Carl Lindgren, Antonia Henn, Merianna Hulkkonen och Omar Albajare

Musik och ljud: Ilmari Heikinheimo och Ludvig Allén

Working group

Performers: Cris af Enehielm, Jonna Eiskonen, Antonia Henn, Merianna Hulkkonen, Sue Lemström, Carl Lindgren, Antti Seppänen and Omar Albajare

Director: Cris af Enehielm

Visual scenography: Paola Guzmán Figueroa

Costume and stage design: Paola Guzmán Figueroa ja Cris af Enehielm

Light design and videos: Paola Guzman Figueroa

Sound design: Ludde Allén

Sound and music: Ludvig Allén and Ilmari Heikinheimo

Light technician: Aleksi Karjalainen

With the support of The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, Taike, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Konstsamfundet, Tre Smeder ja William Thurings stiftelse.

Thu 24.11. 20.00
Fri 25.11. 18.00
Sat 26.11. 14.00

Space for Free Arts
Vilhonvuorenkuja 15-16
00500 Helsinki

Price: 0/ 17 / 35 €
Duration: 90 min
Language: multilingual

For participant:

Föreställningen innehåller höga ljud och behandlar självdestruktivitet och trauma. / Includes loud noises. The performance deals with self-harm and trauma.