A piece for two dancers and two children, this work by Pirjo Yli-Maunula and Titta Court takes on the subject of silence, muteness. [mute] looks at how we avoid conflict by acting as if nothing’s wrong, but it’s a fragile equilibrium that comes at a cost. [mute] is also about shame, of losing face and of the threat of the unknown. To not speak is to hide one’s emotions. The silence of [mute] is akin to living under the shadow of an active volcano and behaving as if nothing will ever happen--deep inside you know the destruction is a matter of when, not if. The creators of [mute] handle their subject matter with characteristic dark humor, surrealism and absurdity.
Choreography: Titta Court & Pirjo Yli-Maunula
Dancer: Titta Court / Pirjo Yli-Maunula
Child dancer: Pinja Palosaari / Marona Awdishou
Light design: Jukka Huitila
Composers: Aake Otsala ja George Bandoek Apostolakis
Sound director: Aake Otsala
Dress and set design: Heidi Kesti
Promotion photos: Pekka Mäkinen
Promotion text and making of -photos: Janne-Pekka Manninen
Production: Flow Productions / Pirjo Yli-Maunula & Titta Court
Support: Taike, Oulun city, Majaoja foundation, Taike Lapland
We had such a rewarding last week before the premiere. We put up the set, lights and sound in Kulttuuri Valve and started the run troughs on the set as soon as the day one. This gave us an opportunity to tune everything at the finest. We are so proud of this work and the big applause goes to child performers who stood up amazingly with the audience. JP Manninen captured some of the strong moods on these beautiful press photos.