Babylon was the thing in Finnish theater in 2018. It received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. The show has toured throughout Finland, visiting a number of the country’s most notable theaters, and it was also selected for the lineups of the most important theater festivals in the country, for example, Tampere Theatre Festival.
In Babylon, the titular character (Minna Puolanto) wants to solve all the core issues regarding power. Her servant Ré (Hanna Seppä) helps her in the process. This partly autobiographic and hilarious performance tackles a variety of situations where power is exercised. The two clowns bring different scepter wielders onstage, from Madonna to Ronaldo and from Catherine the Great to Donald Trump. The power setting between Babylon and Re is also an essential part in addressing the theme.
The performance, directed by Marielle Eklund-Vasama, asks us why we — almost always — settle into power structures in regard to each other. Can’t we live in an equal society? It also examines the power structures between genders and gives a new and fresh opinion on #metoo.
On stage: Minna Puolanto and Hanna Seppä
Directed by: Marielle Eklund-Vasama
Text and dramaturgy: Minna Puolanto, Marielle Eklund-Vasama and the crew
Light design and touring manager: Juha Tuisku
Costume designer and seamstress: Virve Karoliina Balk
Photos: Mark Sergeev
Production: Minna Puolanto, Niina Bergius, Aino Torikka, Anna Jauhola & Mika Vainio / Red Nose Company
Duration: 1 h 30 min, no intermission
Age recommendation: For adults and young people 13 and up.
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