Posthuman Theatre is an experimental performance project organised in collaboration between LUST Association and the Other Spaces Live Art collective during the year 2019. The facilitator of the project is Esa Kirkkopelto, performing artist, philosopher and the founding member of the Other Spaces collective.
The aim of the project is to develop the idea of the non-human acting in practice: how is it possible, what does it require from a performer and what kind of theatre will it produce? The topic and its mode of implementation correspond to the ethical and ecological challenges performing arts face today. The project is motivated by a view according to which performing arts should shift towards a less anthropocentric direction and take place in the future between different kinds of bodies, phenomena and creatures. Before non-human theatre becomes possible, one has to solve a series of problems, the most fundamental of them being the physical limits of the human body as well as the anthropomorphism which tends to dominate our imagination. Non-human acting requires new kinds of body techniques, new kind of corporeal thinking and dramaturgy. The project aims at inventing, developing and demonstrating these kinds of means.
The project – addressed to the professionals in performing arts, actors, dancers and performance artists – starts by a 6-day-long workshop on 25–30 March (Mon-Fri 17–21; Sat 10–15). The workshop is free of charge and it will take place in Ilmaisuverstas rehearsal studio in Annankatu, Helsinki. The working language will be English. The maximum amount of participants is 16 persons.
The call for applications opens on 14 Jan 2019 and closes on 17 Feb. The applications in Swedish, Finnish or English, including a letter of motivation + a short cv / portfolio as one pdf-file, are addressed to [email protected] with the subject Posthuman theater, application. The selection is announced by the end of February. Queries about the Workshop or the project: [email protected] (English / Finnish), tel. 0400-792594.
Continuation of the project: On the basis of the workshop 8 participants are selected who will take charge of the continuation of the project. It includes: a second workshop organised at the turn of June–July 2019, individual work, plus a third workshop organised in November at the Kiasma Theatre. The outcomes of the project will be demonstrated in connection to the workshop at Kiasma. The project has applied for funding in order to cover the salaries of the participants for the summer and autumn workshops and the performances.
LUST association is a non-profit organization working to develop the professional theatre field in Finland through the Swedish-language theatre.
Open call in Swedish
Posthuman Theatre at the Kiasma theatre in November 2019!
Posthuman Theatre is realised as a cooperation of the Other Spaces collective and Lust ry. The production is supported by The Finnish Cultural Foundation and Kiasma Theatre.