Dream is a story about human life corrupted by the grip of
technology. Based on poems from the Finnish national epos, the
Kalevala, Midwinter Dream is a surreal fusion of Kalevala's
ancient mythical realm and our modern industrial world.
Virtanen - the world's best clock smith - has dedicated most of
his life to the making of Sampo; a peculiar, magical machine that
will end poverty by producing money out of almost nothing. But
when one sacrifices all for the creation work, even love, can the
outcome be good?
Ilmari's wife Louhi seeks the remedy for her broken heart from
the same Sampo, a dangerous set up is created. The self
conscious, power-seeking engine takes advantage of Louhi's
weakness and soon the situation is out of control.
grows immensely, swallowing the sun and becoming the supreme
ruler on earth. It provides people with warmth and food, but for
its fuel it takes away their free will and thought. The border
between human and machine fades to darkness.
It is now
Ilmari's turn to fix the mess he has started. But can a man stand
against the machine he created?
Dream is an artistic cooperation between Sixfingers Theatre and
the Norwegian Ulvetegn Teater. The production is made together
with the City Theatre of Turku, which hosts the show. Midwinter
Dream had its premiere in 22.11.2007 in the City Theatre. In 2009
and 2010 the puppets and stage design of this performance have
been exhibited in Näkymätön käsi –
Suomalainen nukketeatteri -exhibition in Teatterimuseo, Helsinki.
desing: Johanna Latvala
design: Pete Suominen
Ishmael Falke, Elina Putkinen, Maiju Tainio
from a review in Turun Sanomat (23.11.2007):
writer Ishmael Falke has successfully picked few of the national
epos's characters and plot lines, and arranged them for the
purpose of his puppet show."
"The beautiful and
dreary puppets made by Iisa Ilona Tähtinen fit well within
Johanna Latvala's design of scenery, which reminds of
technology's dirty backyard. A clean, innocent swamp and a
humanity eating metallic city are palced side by side on the
stage. As if Blade
up page: Ishmael Falke; other photos: Iisa Tähtinen