On Stage – Arttu Kurttila, Anne Pajunen, Ilja Peltonen ja Tiina Weckström
Directing and writing – Sini Pesonen ja Asta Honkamaa
Set and costume design – Auli Turtiainen
Light design and short movie – Ina Niemelä
Sound design – Jani Peltola
Makeup design – Tuire Kerälä
Elämänvoima is a performance of pleasure in three parts: Erotic short movie, Pastorale, Comforting play. Pleasure is most often seen as quilty escapism. The perspective is often on the pursuit of pleasure that goes above or below instead of celebrating the part that makes us go on in our lives.
Everything beautiful, supportive, adequate, arousing… Elämänvoima is the place for them.
Our work was meant to be a group-based work of art, but due to the covid-19 pandemic, it is a performance with three parts: two short plays and one short film.
The work is abundant and scarce, public and private, delicate and strong; the performance deals with enjoyment sincerely, allowing different genres and text qualities.
Premiere at National Theatre of Finland 9.9.2020
Photos Ilkka Saastamoinen
Elämänvoiman, erotic short movie (31.3. – 19.7.2020)
Duration 10min 49s
Text, cinematography and editing – Ina Niemelä
It is a juxtaposition of growing vegetables and flowers and keeping bees on a spring and summer 2020, 8 minutes of uncut sex sounds and a text about meeting the musk beetles and enjoying the earth.
On stage – Seppo Pääkkönen and Olavi Uusivirta Screenplay – John Logan Directing – Juhana von Bagh Translation – Aleksi Milonoff Set design – Katri Rentto Lighting design and PANI projections – Ina Niemelä Sound design – Iiro Iljama Stage managing – Patrick Torné
Premiere in the Finnish National Theatre, Omapohja 4.3.2015 Duration 2h Performance language Finnish
Anna E. Karvonen – research, singing, violin, production Milla Viljamaa – composing, piano, harmonium, singing, coding Elsa Saisio – dramaturge, directing, singing, monologues Ina Niemelä – space, lighting and projection design Satu Riikonen – costume design Ville Liukkonen – studio recoding and live sound
Song texts – Marja-Leena Mikkola, Pirkko Saisio, Kanerva Pasanen, Inka Nousiainen, Mercedes Bentso and Trad.
Supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation, Yhteishyvä, Music Theatre Kapsäkki
Premiere 8.2.2019 at Music Theatre Kapsäkki Duration 2 hours with intermission Performance language Finnish
The theatrical concert is a time travel in 101 years into the lives of women in Helsinki. Monologues, pictures from photo archives: Helsinki City Museum andFinnish Wartime Photograph Archive, new and old folk songs form an emotional and rich documental journey where stories of different generations connect. Today’s artists bring the voices of women to be heard and remembered.