”Dear Bears, please roar!." In Zoo, the dramaturge-director Katariina Numminen examines the role of the viewer by drawing a parallel between the zoo and the theatre.
This performance placed between dance and theatre has its starting point in conversations recorded secretly at the Helsinki Zoo in 2012 and 2013. All of the recordings have been compiled in written form. Zoo sets this banal mass of text in motion.
Enchantment, boredom, guilt, arousal, suffering and joy. What sensations does a human convey when looking at an animal? The performance places the human in the position of an animal and constructs the choreography of viewing. How does one look at a human like one looks at a beast?
Concept, dramaturgy, direction Katariina Numminen
Choreography Anna Maria Häkkinen
Performance Anna Maria Häkkinen, Kati Korosuo, Lotta Suomi, Tuomas Tulikorpi, Tuire Tuomisto, Sami Vehmersuo
Set and costume design Paula Koivunen
Lighting design Minna Tiikkainen
Sound design Jouni Tauriainen
Production Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Circus Maximus, artistic team
Photo Elina Brotherus
Duration 1 h 45 min, no intermission. Performance language is Finnish.
Post-performance discussion 12.3.