Director: Essi Rossi (FIN)
Dramaturg: Iida Hämeen-Anttila (FIN)
Costume Designer: Reet Aus (EST)
Set, light and video designer: Milla Martikainen (FIN)
Sound designer: Pauli Riikonen (FIN)
Video assistant: Mikk-Mait Kivi (EST)
On stage: Carl Alm (FIN), Matti Raita (FIN), Henrik Kalmet (EST), Mari Abel (EST), Riina Maidre (EST), Mirtel Pohla (EST)
Producer: Irina Duskova (FIN)
Production: Klockriketeatern och Von Krahl Teater
Performance languages are finnish, swedish, english and estonian.
Performance duration 1 h 20 min
Von Krahli Teater, Tallinn
January 26 | 27 | 30 | 31
February 2 | 3
March 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 13 | 14 | 15
March 21 | 22 | 23 | 24
April 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
Talks with artists after the show at Viirus
March 23 | April 5
Researcher of Russian literature Ben Hellmann introduces Ice and Sorokin, at 18 Viirus
March 23 | April 4
Finnish National Theater, Helsinki
May 18 | 19
Klockriketeatern (FIN) and Von Krahl Teathre (EST)
In 1908, deep in Siberia, a mysterious meteorite hits the Earth. It contains a special ice that is able to talk with people’s hearts. A young man on a scientific expedition finds it. The Ice speaks to his heart, and his heart names him Bro. He feels the Ice and knows its purpose - to bring together the 23 000 blond, blue-eyed Brothers and Sisters of the Light who are scattered all around the world. To wake their sleeping hearts by striking their chests with an ice hammer. The game is brutal, but necessary in order to fulfill the mission: whether you’re killed by the hammer or your heart starts to mumble and talk. Then you become one of the chosen ones who are able to return to the Light. And to destroy this world.
On stage we get acquainted with a reading circle. Its members have dedicated their lives to Sorokin’s novel Ice. Their ambitious plan is to act like instructed in the novel, find all the chosen ones and become rays of Light in the universe.
Are you one of the chosen ones?
Vladimir Sorokin (b. 1955) is a postmodern Russian author and dramaturge, considered by many as the most significant contemporary author of his country. He is also known as a painter and he has illustrated several books. Sorokin’s literary work is characterized by a strong, even provocative satire. He often uses the Russian history and popular legends as a source of inspiration, and creates parodic dystopias with a certain political touch based on them. Violence and pornography are repeatedly used elements in Sorokin’s novels. His work has also lead to controversy, especially in his native Russia where his books have even been publicly burned and destroyed. In the Soviet Union his works were forbidden. Nowadays Sorokin is a well-known author around the globe; he has received several literary prizes, and his works have been translated into over 30 languages. He is currently working on new pieces of both drama and prose, as well as a screenplay: the Ice trilogy will soon be filmed by the Hungarian director Kornél Mundruzcó.
Pulp fiction, science fiction, New Ageism, pornography, video-game mayhem, old-time Communist propaganda, and rampant commercial hype all collide, splinter, and splatter in Vladimir Sorokin’s virtuosic Ice Trilogy, a crazed joyride through modern times with the promise of a truly spectacular crash at the end. - New York Review Books
Premiere: 26th of January 2018 in Tallinn and 21st of March 2018 in Helsinki
Performances at Von Krahl Theatre in Tallinn, Viirus Theatre in Helsinki and at the Finnish National Theatre.
26.1.2018 Premiere, Von Krahl Theatre, Tallinn
21.3.2018 Premiere, Viirus, Helsinki
18.5.2018 Finnish National Theatre, Helsinki
Photo credits: Herkko Labi