This choreographic version of Thumbelina explores Andersen’s tale from a contemporary point of view, stepping aside traditional theatrical logics of over-dramatization and spectacular tempo but instead engaging with the idea of nature from alternative dynamics, processing of time and openness of senses-experience.
This Thumbelina, who escapes from 19th century anthropocentric authoritarian and edifying story-patterns, is intended to be activated through a non-moralist horizontal discovery and experience of the «otherness», which is the non-hierarchical richness of what we call biodiversity.
Our Thumbelina invites therefore all age kids to enter a theatre-greenhouse where Thumbelina (which is also everyone of them) is displayed as an open-space for open interpretation which tells joyfully about « nature » with some contemporary kinetics, real plants, recorded wind, home-made bunraku, electro-techno bodies and manga forces.
VINCENT GAINZA, dramaturg
Thumbelina on Hurjaruuth’s Stage 16.9.-10.10.2015
Choreography: Liisa Risu
Dramaturgy: Vincent Gainza
Costumes: Pauliina Sutinen
Light Design: Riku Virtanen
Sound Design: Viljami Lehtonen
Dancers: Janne Aspvik, Tanja Illukka, Justus Pienmunne and Pietari Kärki
Duration approx. 50 min,
Age recommendation: 3+