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Katiska (2008)

The trailer was filmed in March 2015 in Tampere Finland.

 

Katiska – a multidisciplinary performance about the world of young men

Katiska is a performance that combines dance and music. The created work is a collaboration of animateur/director Raisa Foster, composer Maija Koskenalusta and originally six 15-18 year old young men (Mikael Hautala, Rasmus Järvenpää, Valtteri Lahti, Aimo Laitamo, Lauri Mäkinen, Jere Riihinen). Before this project, the boys had not done dancing or theatre. The lighting is designed by Jere Mönkkönen and the video animations by Antti Kuosmanen.

Katiska’s first performance season in 2008 was already a big success. It made people cry and laugh – it awaked many kinds of strong feelings in both young and adult audience. The performance does not have a clear plot. Instead, through song and movement, it handles different kinds of themes that are related to the life of young men. The performers of Katiska have been thanked especially their strong stage presence. Even though Katiska is carried out with amateur performers, its high artistic standard has amazed many dance and theatre professionals. Still after seven years Katiska is performed with the same cast.

Language: originally Finnish, can be performed in English

Duration: 60 min

 

Premier 8.5.2008 Hällä-stage, Tampere, Finland
10.8.2008 Tampere
28.11.2008 Tampere
6.-8.4.2009 Tampere
14.5.2009 Feldkirch, Austria
22.-23.5.2009 Arnhem, The Netherlands
16.6.2009 Kuopio
18.9.2009 Bremen, Germany
6.-7.10.2009 Espoo
9.10.2009 Helsinki
4.-5.11.2009 Salo
10.11.2009 Odense, Denmark
29.8.2010 Tampere
29.4.2011 Joensuu
13.-15.3.2014 Tampere
6.5.2014 Helsinki
6.3.2015 Kangasala

 

DIRECTORS
Raisa Foster (choreographer)
Maija Koskenalusta (music composer)

PERFORMERS
Mikael Hautala
Rasmus Järvenpää
Valtteri Lahti
Lauri Mäkinen
Jere Riihinen
Aimo Laitamo (since 2009)

LIGHTING DESIGNER
Jere Mönkkönen
(together with Foster)

VIDEO DESIGNER
Antti Kuosmanen
(together with Foster)

PRE-RECORDED MUSIC
Maija Koskenalusta (piano, glockenspiel & music composing)
Mikko Maisio (accordion & music recording, mixing)
Niina Kiprianoff (violin, viola)
Mirja Mattinen (cello)

LITTLE BOYS’ SINGING
Joonatan Laakso
Olli Paajanen

GIRLS’ TALKING
IN FINNISH VERSION
Rita Koivunen
Taimi Kuuluvainen
Sanna-Riina Nurmi
IN ENGLISH VERSION
Kathleen Easlick
Johanna Grube
Angelica Saukkonen