Ruutia! Dance Festival for Children and Young Audience

Ruutia! International Dance Festival for Children and Young Audiences 
Cable Factory, Helsinki

The Ruutia! Festival is a rendez-vous for dance and movementbased theatre from Finland and abroad. The festival, founded in 1997, offers high quality performances for children and young audiences as well as workshops, meetings with the artists and public discussions about subjects related to the performances.

Ruutia! Festival 25.8.–26.9.2021 

Programme: 

Rae Reinvall and Rasmus Witikka: ÖTTIÄISET

Insects investigates evolution and bugs’ life in a scifi nature-documentary-like circus show. In the changing nature, within the course of history and its’ future, also insects have to adapt in order to survive. The main characters are a Wood leg spider and a Pimp up beetle, who both are the masters of evolution, but are all the others insects?

Wed 25.8. at 6 pm / Fri 27.8. at 6 pm / Sat 28.8. at 3 pm

Age recommendation 3+. Duration approx. 30 min. 

Location: Hurjaruuth’s Stage, Cable Factory, Staircase A, 2nd floor


Acting for Climate (NO/SE/FI/DE/DK): BARK

BARK is a poetic, spectacular and thought provoking contemporary circus performance for a forest, an audience, and five performing artists. Played site-specifically in and with your local forest, BARK is about reconnecting with each other and with nature. The forest, the soil and the trees are the main characters of the performance, and co-create the piece together with the performers, climate scientists and outside eyes.

The performance combines a physical expression of group acrobatics, vertical dance, dance and physical theatre with contemporary soundscapes and poetic text, all performed up in, between, with and around the trees. Through being nature, reconnecting, and living utopia, BARK aims to convey a sensory experience that can change perspectives on our human natures, as a part of the biosphere.

Wed 25.8. at 10 am and 1 pm / Thu 26.8. at 10 am and 6 pm / Fri 27.8. at 10 am / Sat 28.8. at 5 pm

Age recommendation 6+. Duration 60 min.

Location: Tullisaari

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Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth (FI): Guess what? Guess what! (ONLINE)

Selma Kauppinen – Pie Kär – Laura Palanne – Marika Peura:
Guess what? Guess what! 

Updated version of Hurjaruuth’s legendary show from 80’s!

Wed 15.9. / Thu 16.9. / Fri 17.9. (exact time depending on your group’s schedule)

Age recommendation 3+. Duration 40 min.

Shows online @ Zoom


Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth (FI): Boy with a Crow

Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth is dusting off the classic! Boy with a Crow is a movement-based performance, inspired by Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s beloved painting. In an experiential performance, children also play the role of an artist.

Thu 2.9. at 6 pm / Sat 4.9. at 3 pm / Thu 9.9.at 10 am / Sat 11.9. at 3 am / Wed 22.9. at 10 am / Thu 23.9. at 10 pm / Sat 25.9. at 3 pm / Sun 26.9. at 3 pm

Age recommendation 3+. Duration approx. 45 min.

Location: Hurjaruuth’s Stage, Cable Factory, Staircase A, 2nd floor

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Dance Theatre Minimi (FI): Atlas

Atlas is an humorously absurd street performance where the performers are geared with space helmets against the world’s constant spin and on a search for a soft landing spot. The atlas joints, which carry the heavy load of the head, are forced to a test while the performers seek for bodily balance supported by an electronic soundscape.

Sat 25.9. at 2 pm / Sun 26.9. at 2 pm

For all ages. Duration 20 min.

Location: Ruoholahdentori

Free entrance!

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