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.

Pallo vai palikka ?

Work group – Hanna Ryti, Ina Niemelä, Silja Kauppinen, Ville Leppilahti, Simeoni Juoperi, Jacintha Damström

Premiere in Hurjaruuth 24.4.2019 at Ruutia! festival.

Speechless contemporary circus performance, for people over 3 years, of the ideas of abstract art by Malevitš, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Af Klint, Pollock and the pink creature.

Duration 50min

Photos Silja Kauppinen

Pallo vai palikka? trailer, Hanna Ryti (2019)
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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

Photos – Lauri Rotko

Stadin naisten laulut

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.

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