Estonian Music Days
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28.04–7.05.2023
Tallinn / Tartu / Online
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Sat, April 23 2022
19:00
“etching.ash”

Theatrum
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Tickets 18/12€

Iris Oja (voice)
Kärt Tõnisson (movement)
Tarmo Johannes (electronics, flute)
Theodore Parker (electronics, electric guitar)
Ene Nael (spinet, clavichord, sound objects)

Composer Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes
Libretto author, Director Liis Kolle (based on Maarja Kangro’s novel ’The Glass Child’)
Scenographer, Costume designer Ann Lumiste
Choreographer Kärt Tõnisson
Video artist Sander Põldsaar
Light artist Helvin Kaljula
Make-up artist Aimi Etverk
Sound designer Tammo Sumera
Production manager Margit Roosaar
Producer Svea Ideon-Marks

Performances:
April, 23 at 19.00 premiere
April, 24 at 16.00
April, 25 at 19.00
April, 26 at 19.oo

The work is developed in the process of parallel creation using the synthesis of vocalization, analog and digital sound, word, body, movement, object, instrument, light, projection and space to say the unspeakable and to express the inexpressible in words. The work delves into a mental and emotional state determined by the memories stored and locked in the body and psyche. How to live in a body hit by a cosmic catastrophe?

We see a person whose inner world has broken into pieces, and everything around her seems fragmentary and separated from her by an invisible wall. The character, who is embodied by two performers – a singer and a dancer – no longer perceives herself or the outside world clearly. But there is life still occurring around her and she has to move on with her somehow. How does she do it, what choices does she make, what support does she use? How does she try to express herself in a situation in which the words have not yet been created – where the words ’have shown themselves to be useless and meaningless’, as Maarja Kangro notes in her novel “The Glass Child” in 2016. In the course of the previous etched cremation process, the character has become transparent, as if an X-ray image of both the physical and mental interior had been projected continuously and everywhere. Society projects its fears and hopes into this human laboratory.

The performance is without an interval and lasts about 1 hour.

The performance is recommended from the age of 12.

The performances are supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.
Production: Svea Ideon-Marks, Liis Kolle, Ann Lumiste in collaboration with Theatrum and Estonian Music Days

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