Normal Cake Please in Helsinki 1-4 July

I feel like I’ve been planning and replanning, writing and rewriting Normal Cake, Please with my beloved colleagues Nina Larissa Bassett (DK) and Ivo Briedis (LV) forever! Well, from 2016, actually, and we would’t be here as happy and proud without Jamie MacDonald (FI/CA), who joined us in 2018. Then pandemic hit the world, we had to postpone, but finally, this summer, accompanied with the most amazing team of artists…

World Premiere in Helsinki, 1-4 July, 2021

Normal Cake, Please world premiere is on 1 July at 6 pm in St Paul’s Church (Paavalinkirkko), Helsinki, as a part of Kapsäkki Goes Pride & Helsinki Pride programs. Other performances 2 July at 6pm and 4 July at 3pm.

Get your tickes HERE!

Working group: Nina Larissa Bassett (DK), Ivo Briedis (LV), Janne Saarakkala (FI), Jamie MacDonald (FI/CA), Raisa Omaheimo (FI), Kira Riikonen (FI), Dajo Vande Putte (DK), Viha Piirakka (FI), Varanka (FI), Paula Koivunen (FI), Janne Pellinen (FI), Mikko Helenius (FI), Thomas Burø (DK), Beáta Kublik (DK)

About Normal Cake, Please

English speaking Normal Cake, Please is a fictional wedding in two acts taking place in four intimate spaces and a church. The underlining aim is open a space with the audience to queer normality and normalise queer.

The performance is participatory, where you are a wedding guest with some questions to answer. You are also invited to help in the preparations for the happy couple and solve the dilemma: what sort of a knot will actually be tied.

Normal Cake, Please is a collaboration between Finnish, Danish and Latvian live art professionals produced by Uneasy Listening Society (DK) and (in Helsinki) Music Theatre Kapsäkki. The project is supported by Kulturkontakt Nord, Kone Foundation and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Performances in Helsingør, 27-31 July, 2021

Normal Cake, Please will be also performed in St Mary’s Church in Helsingør, Denmark, 27-31 July as a part of Passage Festival program.

Background: Pillow talk with the eurotrash!

Angela, Leo and Viesturs in Skt Petri Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2008

In 2006 I joined forces with Nina and Ivo to explore intimacy, site specific theatre and the end of the world. The result was the hotel-performance In the Nude. We worked independently and together to create a piece that took audiences on divided journeys through 5-star hotels to meet with the Eurotrashers: Leo, Viesturs and Angela, our characters, who shared a nostalgia for the 1980s and special sort of intimacy. In the Nude was performed at festivals in Riga, Copenhagen, Montreal and Helsinki in 2008-2009.

In Normal Cake, Please Leo, Viesturs and Angela return with Leo’s fiancé Jack!

Angela, Jack, Leo and Viesturs in 2021

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Tulppaanihuutokauppa lapsille

Aloitin tällä viikolla ohjaamaan TOTEM-teatterille kirjoittamaani esitystä TULPPAANIKUPLA – pörssiromahdus ja rahan synty. Se on osallistava teatteriesitys lapsille, jossa yleisö pääsee teatterin näyttelijöiden, Päivi Rissasen ja Pasi Lappalaisen, kanssa leikkimään hollantilaista 1600-luvun tulppaanihuutokauppaa. Esitys käsittelee huutokaupan lisäksi pörssikaupan alkeita ja rahan fiktiivistä luonnetta. Ensi-ilta on keskiviikkona 18. tammikuuta 2018.

Lue lisää esityksen taustoista blogikirjoituksesta “Järkyttävän hieno keksintö”.

This week I started directing TULPPAANIKUPLA – pörssiromahdus ja rahan synty (Tulip Bubble – stock market crash and the origins of money) that I wrote for TOTEM-theatre. It’s a participatory theatre piece for children. The audience will play 17th century tulip auction in Amsterdam with the TOTEM-teatteri actors. The performance deals with the basics of stock exhange, stock market crash and fictional nature of money. Premiere is on 18th of January 2018.

Graphic design by Tomi Suovankoski

Graphic design by Tomi Suovankoski

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