Visions from the edge of an ice sheet
All I can say is thank you
simply for being my sister
simply for enriching my world to the fullest
Your world is mine
my world is yours
− Niviaq Korneliussen
Arctic Odyssey by the Ruska Ensemble offers a unique journey through the landscapes of Greenland’s ice sheet, Siberia’s taiga and the northern fjelds inhabited by the Saami people.
Who are we, inhabitants of the North? What does the world look like from various sides of the Arctic? How do we approach the future and its challenges? And above all: what do the northern peoples from the Alaskan shores to the to the Kamchatka peninsula have in common?
On stage, Khanti myths mix with Inuit masked dance, Arctic songs with modern Saami poetry, cross-border artists with one another and the performers with the audience. Young artists from different parts of the far North recount their experiences, memories and reflections. The show is a cross between theatrical playfulness and contemporary ritual, and the public is welcome to join in.
Arctic Odyssey is part of the official programme of the Prime Minister’s Office, celebrating Finland’s centenary of Independence. The production is the second part of Ruska Ensemble’s Artic Trilogy, the first part of which, Áillohaš, was seen at the Finnish National Theatre in 2014.
Performed in multiple languages, the show is surtitled in Finnish and English.
PERFORMERS Niillas Holmberg, Connie Kristoffersen (Greenland National Theatre), Natalia Achimova (Ob-Ugric National Theatre) ja Tuomas Rounakari (musician)
DIRECTED BY Jarkko Lahti
PERFORMANCE DRAMATURGY Ari-Pekka Lahti
SET DESIGN Katri Rentto
COSTUME DESIGN Auli Turtiainen
LIGHTING DESIGN Nadja Räikkä
MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGN Tuomas Rounakari
CHOREOGRAPHY Samuli Nordberg
VIDEO DESIGN J-P Passi
INTERPRETER Anna Sidorova
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Topi Marin (TeaK)
PRODUCED BY Linda Lopperi / Ruska Ensemble, Finnish National Theatre, Nunatta Isiginnaartitsisarfia – Greenland National Theatre and Aurinko – Ob-Ugric People’s Theatre.