Category Archives: Performance

Katrina Helstein: Keity Pook and Sigrid Savi – two faces of Janus

In September, I was one of the people to go and check out the candidates of Premiere on the Stage of Independent Dance – five choreographers who wished to develop their productions. Two out of the five were picked out. It is odd, but these two seem to be of one and the same person, or, to be more exact, one story from two different viewpoints. Keity Pook and Sigrid Savi – both young fair-haired females – came across as the two faces of Janus. One, Keity Pook, solves nerve twitches twirling beneath the skin, forming a social network impersonated in a metaphoric vision. The other, Sigrid Savi, solves the physical world or the surrounding macro-level, creating a kind of cupola around herself, in which she also draws the viewer, creating a new network in the process.... Read more

Katrina Helstein: love song to Kanuti Gildi SAAL. Mihkel Ilus and Henri Hütt “Kapriisid II”

Which room should you sing a serenade to? After seeing the installation performance „Kapriisid II” by Mihkel Ilus and Henri Hütt in Kanuti Gildi SAAL, I imagined several mayors who would wish to dedicate a work of art to a venue, be it City Hall or a school. At least, it is obvious now who to turn to if one thinks their place is not appreciated enough. Of course, the question remains if Mihkel Ilus and Henri Hütt would wish to create a performance of love consisting of dance and installations to the City Hall, National Library, or Gustav Adolf Gymnasium. Two men examine Kanuti Gildi Saal, perform for it and become it. Why not become Viru Centre? Tallinn University? These spaces are worthy of their own song, a work of art, an expression of love, in their own way.... Read more

Katrina Helstein: stylish and soundless – Eplik and „Stiil”

On October 27, I went to listen to Vaiko Eplik and watch the recording of Mati Unt’s production “Stiil ehk Mis on maailma nimi” (“Style aka What is the Name of the World”, premiere October 31, 2003). Both were in Von Krahl’s Kinosalong (Cinema Saloon) programme. I was not the only one, there were around 100 people there. However, I was one of only three that stayed until the end. Kinosalong is one of the most fantastic and beautiful events, consisting of music and a theatre recording. Think about it: the first hour was filled by jokes and brackets by Eplik who also sang – the second hour offered the recording of „Stiil ehk Mis on maailma nimi” by Mati Unt, one of the most exciting directors of Estonia. In conclusion – nothing could be more stylish or beautiful than these two things put together. Nor funnier, in a way.... Read more

Silja Paulus: From Caveman to Nutella or How Henrik Kalmet Tried to Make It to a Festival

If the description of a performance says that it could either be an extraordinary mix-up or an experience or a combination of those, you’re mentally prepared for something strange. My visits to a real festival were at the time I actively participated in the school theatre and that was over ten years ago. As far as I can remember, a festival always consisted of a couple of pieces that forced out laughter (some worked, some slipped on a banana peel and splashed on the asphalt), a couple of more classical stories with a beginning, end, and midpoint, and a few weird compositions, which flirted with video art as well as abstraction. Henrik Kalmet’s solo performance “A Festival Piece or a Desperate Attempt to Get an Invitation to a Festival”, in which he plays with the components of different festival pieces, was something similar. ... Read more

Tiki Muir: 99 Words for Void

The theatre is a democratic space. (Well, yes, and this is especially important in this case). The audience is expectant (yes, and open-minded). They are neither less nor more important than those on the stage (yes, those two knights, for they are the performers). Yes, and those knights are no less and no more susceptible to change than said eager audience. (Yes, because the audience and the performers encounter each other here). Yes, that is clear, and this encounter happens precisely within this theatre space because here the cultural tradition, society and the superego have fought for and ushered forth democracy. (Precisely so! Because every man was born free, and this, too, is important here, so surely this is the most democratic of spaces)… Indeed, it is a space where you can say whatever you want. (Yes! You can say whatever you want!) And, in this space, which is thus both aesthetic and semantic, we begin. (Yes, this is where 99 words for void begin).*... Read more