LIVING UTOPIA
OTHER SPACES 20 YEARS

Olives and Stones, Photo Mika Elo

LIVING UTOPIA – OTHER SPACES 20 YEARS

The pioneering Finnish Live Arts Collective Other Spaces is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Other spaces started operating within Nälkäteatteri in 2004. Over the years, Other Spaces has developed into one of the most significant and international performing arts groups in Finland, with its own unique aesthetics and artistic practice.

Over the years, Other Spaces has developed more than 200 physical and collective exercises. A common theme of the exercises is transformation and familiarization with forms of being and experiencing that are foreign to humans. The group has presented and taught these exercises at various events and workshops. Based on the exercises, the group prepares thematic performances, such as Reindeer Safari, Humanoid Hypothesis, Great Barrier Reef and Enlightenment Machine, which have been presented at numerous festivals and production houses both in Finland and abroad.

Living Utopia is a series of events in which the Other Spaces presents and teaches the public its exercises more comprehensively than ever before. The anniversary year is realized in cooperation with the Theatre Museum, the Performing Arts Center and the Helsinki Student Theatre, and the events of the year are supported by the The Finnish Cultural Foundation, the City of Helsinki and the Arts Promotion Center.

EVENTS IN SPRING 2024

BIRTHSAUNA
Saturday 25.5.2024 at 1pm – 3pm
Helsinki Student Theatre’s Studio, Aleksanterinkatu 23

FREE ENTRANCE

Other Spaces 20th anniversary year starts on Saturday 25.5. with the exercise demonstration BIRTHSAUNA in the studio of the Helsinki Student Theatre (Ylioppilasteatteri).

The event returns to the moment of the collective’s birth: it consists of a series of exercises that the group performed in its very first demonstration in the same studio on April 24, 2004. Many of the exercises presented at that time, such as “Message from Outer Space”, “Human Mountain, “Snails”, “Animal Track” or “Yoga Park”, are still part of the group’s regular repertoire. In addition to the exercises, Birthsauna includes an overview of the group’s history, video recordings of the original sessions, and the opportunity to ask the group members questions.

How has the group’s practice changed over the years? How has it changed the way its participants, both group members and the public, look at life and the environment? Where to go from here?

EVENTS IN AUTUMN 2024

LIVING UTOPIA EXHIBITION
11.9.-20.10.
Theatre Museum, Kaapelitehdas, Kaapeliaukio 3, G-floor, Helsinki 

In honor of the anniversary, an exhibition presenting the 20-year activities of the Other Spaces collective will be shown at the Theater Museum. In the exhibition, visitors can take a peek into the history of the Other Spaces collective and get to know the collective’s artistic practice in detail.

UTOPIAN ORGANISM
Saturday 14. and Sunday 15.9.
Theatre Museum, Kaapelitehdas, Kaapeliaukio 3, G-floor, Helsinki

The performance event Utopian Organism is an continuous series of exercises in which ten artists of the Other Spaces group perform a total of 40 exercises developed by the group over a period of 20 years. The series of exercises creates a utopian space and a collective entity, where the starting point of being is an experiential connection with the non-human world. The event manifests an aspiration towards an alternative planetary future, which, however, is experientially attainable already today.

LIVING UTOPIA ANNIVERSARY WORKSHOP
Saturday 21.9.
the Performing Arts Center, Kaasutehtaankatu 1/33, building nro 6, 2. floor, Puhdistamo, Suvilahti, Helsinki

In the anniversary workshop, the audience gets a chance to experience a total of 20 guided exercises that were presented in the Utopian Organism performance event in the previous weekend. In addition to doing these exercises themselves, the participants will also learn how everyone can come up with similar exercises by themselves.