Short Stories from Forgotten Rooms (2015)
A hybrid between a dance work and performance art, Short Stories from Forgotten Rooms recreates the possible history of the imaginary habitants of an old farmhouse in northern Finland.
The house, its yard and buildings become their own theatre, art gallery, concert hall and film, in which the various elements are in constant interplay. The house and the Nordic landscape become the stage for the imagination; the once-existed, the possible and the impossible blend together in the poetic reality of the performance.
Short Stories from Forgotten Rooms continues Valtteri Raekallio’s acclaimed series of cross-disciplinary site-specific works. The previous parts of the series were The Representative (2014), performed in a 5000 m2 abandoned industrial space, and Where Does the Light Go? (2013), seen in an underground shelter in Helsinki.
Short Stories from Forgotten Rooms
Concept and realization: Valtteri Raekallio
Poems: Poetry collage by Valtteri Raekallio, based on material from Eino Santanen’s series Edustaja (The Representative).
Performers: Auri Ahola + Mirva Mäkinen + Inka Tiitinen + Aino Koski + Eero Vesterinen & Valtteri Raekallio
Set Design: Aino Koski
Projections: Thomas Freundlich
Sound Design: Valtteri Raekallio
Duration: 70 min
Production: Raekallio Corp. / Pohjoinen liike ry, Täydenkuun Tanssit
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Realized with support from Finnish Cultural Foundation and Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Thanks: Milla Komu & Komun perhe, Tommi Partanen/KAVI, LéSpace, Super8 Reversal Lab / Frank Bruinsma, Marja ja Jarmo Koski, Sanna Kekäläinen, Liisa ja Jukka Tiitinen
Photography and video recording is not allowed.
Notes on the material of the piece:
The wig solo performed by Inka Tiitinen is based on the original concept in her work The Man Who Drowned in My Hair.
The poetry heard in the performance is adapted for the production from Eino Santanen’s series Edustaja (The Representative), published in the book Tekniikan Maailmat (Worlds of Technology, 2014). With the author’s permission, Valtteri Raekallio has freely adapted the original text into a part of the performance Short Stories from Forgotten Rooms. Santanen’s book received The YLE Dancing Bear award in July 2015.
The soundscape in the yard building is built around Sami Sänpäkkilä’s piece She Puts Out The Fire In Her Heart With Her Tears (2001, from the record A Love Cycle).
The soundscape in the living room is based on Toivo Kuula’s (1883-1918) piece Imandra’s Song, from the 1916 play Taikapeili (The Magic Mirror).