Posthuman Theatre

Studies in Non-Human Acting

A picture of sparrows washing themselves in the gravel spread next to the plinth of the house.

Photo: Esa Kirkkopelto

The aim of the performance is to introduce the idea of nonhuman acting: how is it possible? What does it require from a human performer and, above all, how does it sound and look like?

A group of professional dancers, actors, choreographers and directors embody non-human states and processes and construct together a series of studies in a scenic space. The topic and its mode of implementation correspond to the ethical and ecological challenges facing performing arts today. The project is motivated by a view according to which performing arts should shift towards a less anthropocentric direction and take place in the future between different kinds of bodies, phenomena and creatures. The Posthuman Theatre project, accomplished during 2019, takes place in collaboration between the Other Spaces group and LUST rf.

Ensemble: Jenni-Elina von Bagh, Laura Marleena Halonen, Leila Kourkia, Veli Lehtovaara, Leena Nordberg, Piia Peltola, Rasmus Slätis, Jenni Urpilainen.
Facilitator: Esa Kirkkopelto

Other Spaces is a Helsinki-based live art collective specialized in non-human performance. LUST rf is a non-profit organization working to develop the professional theatre field in Finland through the Swedish-language theatre.

Production: Other Spaces, LUST rf and Kiasma Theatre

Supported by The Finnish Cultural Foundation and The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland

Welcome to a panel on non-human performance in the Kiasma Seminar Room on Saturday at 16:30–17:30 with the working group and  Anders Carlsson (actor and professor in acting in Swedish at Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki), Henri Hütt (artist) and Karoliina Lummaa (researcher, BIOS Research Unit and University of Turku). The discussion is in English and it is moderated by Saara Hacklin (curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma).

Fri 15.11. 14.00
Sat 16.11. 14.00

Kiasma Theatre
Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki

Price: 5 €
Language: Finnish and English

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You may enter whenever and stay as long you wish