The audience-beloved One Hundred in the Glass -Wounds of Love was the result of a cooperation involving an author, Tommi Kinnunen, and two choreographers, Eeva Soini och Lassi Sairela. This fruitful cooperation has continued. The new piece, Focal Point, combining speech- and dance theatre, focusses on the fragile border where the individual transits from being into non-being. Life is finite and random. This is reflected in the play where humor, melancholy and heart-moving images cross, taking the story from scene to scene. During the journey, we meet everyday angels and a transition period consultant. Also, the short flight of the butterflies and a celestial leading group take the audience to unforeseen heights. The atmosphere turns, secretly, into something changeable, but behind the kaleidoscope, you can sense a vascular bundle, a connecting thought. ”It is easier to tell what I'm not than to say what I am. It is easier to deny than to tell”. In the finality of everything, there is something stunning.
With Focal Pont, ERI's faithful light designer celebrates his 40th artist anniversary.
On the audience's request, Tiina Lindfors' masterpiece Passio is back on the ERI stage. Passio was among the most appreciated ventures in Turku during the year the city was nominated Cultural Capital of the Year. Subsequently, Passio was performed also in Helsinki and, invited by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, during the Narge festival in Tallinn. The Estonian newspaper Sirp wrote: ”Lindfors' approach goes deep into the human nature, uncompromisingly, just like the music of Pärt. The opus was a shaking experience, purifying like five katharsis.”
To celebrate the anniversary, ERI stages a colorful fairytale for children and their families: Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, one of the best-known classics in English children's literature. In James McNamara's strongly visual dance version, the fantastic adventure abounds in humoristic nuances, yet respects the tale's own special character.