suomeksi / in English

• choreography
TUOMO RAILO

• composer
CARITA HOLMSTRÖM

• set designer
METTI NORDIN

• costume designer
MARJA UUSITALO

• lightning designer
PASI PEHKONEN

• video projection
HEIDI ROMO

• dancers
JONNA AALTONEN, SIMO HEISKANEN, SAKU KOISTINEN, KAISA NIEMI, TUOMO RAILO, RIIKKA RÄSÄNEN, SAKARI SAIKKONEN

• musicians
CARITA HOLSTRÖM, SARA PULJULA, SAMI KOSKELA

• duration 1h.

• For 3 years old and up



 

EXTENDED FAMILY - The art of Outi Heiskanen on stage

”The work is a true gala of visual joy and creative inventiveness.”

Extended family introduces a portrait of a family that consists of people, animals and imaginary creatures.

The performance reflects equal relations between humans and the nature. The magical realism of the performance suggests that there is possibility for us to be part of our ecosystem without harming it.The humorous story of the performance carries a consoling message, it reflects the circle of life from the childhood through the adolescence to the adulthood and finally to wisdom.

The familiar characters, among others, the ancestors, a girl, a boy, an ape, a wolf man, a sheep, a bear and a horse come alive in this silent theatrical family chronicle. The thread running through the work is the love story of the girl and a foster son.

The characters are based on Finnish artist Outi Heiskanen’s graphics. The unforgettable story is told by means of motion theatre, dance, song and live music. The familiar characters, animals and creatures from Heiskanen's images came alive in this silent theatrical performance, the developments of which were created by choreographer Tuomo Railo.

"I have always been fascinated by artists who recreate the world. Depending on their imagination, they redesign everything and do it so perfectly that the spectator immediately feels comfortable watching their art. The main character of Heiskanen's art is - as often in the best of narrative art - a community, an extended family." - Tuomo Railo

The story of the extended family is told by means of motion theatre, dance, song and music. The images of Heiskanen are realised on stage with masks, costumes and hand puppets. They create a powerful stage illusion that resembles the original images.

The premiere of the work took place at the Almi Hall of Finnish National Opera August 31. 2006.

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