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
The performance combines music, dance and physical theatre in the form of traditional, composed and improvised sound and movement. The base for the performance is the tradition of lamentation in Karelia and Middle East.
Emmi Kuittinen – vocals, stories, accordion Marouf Majidi – vocals, stories, tanbour, tar Amanda Kauranne – vocals, percussion Esko Grundström – double bass, fiddle, kantele, sound design Suvi Tuominen – dance, choreography Johannes Purovaara – dance, choreography Ina Niemelä – lighting design
On stage – Kaisa Leppänen, Jarkko Niemi, Annika Poijärvi, Tatu Mönttinen, Sara Melleri ja Saara Kotkaniemi. Director – Sini Pesonen Writer – Jussi Moila Music and sound design – Pauli Riikonen and Juho Alajuuma Choreography – Sonya Lindfors Lighting and video design – Ina Niemelä Costume design – Henna-Riikka Taskinen Set design – Salli Kari and artist Jani Leinonen.
Madonna is a carnivalesque performance about feminism, femininity, motherhood and roles in a nuclear family and in a society.