Kanuti Gildi SAAL starts its 16th season.


As usually it consists of premieres, Kanuti Gildi SAAL local and international co-productions, guest performances, traditional event series such as Improtest concerts and Estonian Academy of Arts open architecture lectures as well as residencies and other research projects. This season encloses also festivals - NU Performance Festival in October-November curated by Maria Arusoo, made in estonia maraton in march and SAAL Biennaal in August curated by Annika Üprus.

The complete whole of season in Kanuti Gildi SAAL has always been constituted of differences not a unified whole or event. The role of Kanuti Gildi SAAL is rather to create a risk-free zone for artists to operate without limits. Space and time where premiering a performance is not the only form of creating art. This in times when it seems the whole world is looking for the new role of art and artists in our transmuting world. This is the moment to pay attention to the other forms of creating art - residencies and other content based activities that can stay for the time being unclear or hidden for wider audiences. These activities may not be related with creating the next piece of art as in not repeating the existing routines, but instead are thoughts that still take form and hence it is yet unclear where they might lead us. The experiences that Kanuti Gildi SAAL offers acknowledge ourselves and surroundings, but simultaneously question them. This is uncomfortable. We are speaking of fragility that surrounds us at the moment, that artists and we are studying, even if not in the most delicate way. Seems we all have reached in point in this world where we do not know the answers, but we are ready and up to look for them while staying critical. Kanuti Gildi SAAL, our artists and audience do not want to ignore the problems, but have the courage to speak and study them. To be in dialogue, communicate and discuss.

Current season of Kanuti Gildi SAAL takes form in collaboration with the following artists: Emer Värk, Karl Saks, Hendrik Kaljujärv, Kristian Smeds, W A U H A U S, Marit Sirgmets, Henri Hütt and Mihkel Ilus, Iggy Lond Malmborg, Raho Aadla, Rene Köster, Maarja Tõnisson and Nele Suisalu and the young artists in residency during this season are Joanna Kalm and Karolin Poska.

Full house by all means is ahead of us.


Press release
The first showing of theatre performance “Uncanny You” by Ann Mirjam Vaikla and Lærke Grøntved

“Uncanny You” work-in-progress showing takes place at 19:30 on July 27. The event will be live-streamed to the residency center Arts Letters and Numbers in New York as part of their summer workshop program, this year focusing on the topic Constitution. The showing is followed by a discussion between the audiences in Tallinn and in New York.

About the performance:
“Uncanny You” is audio-visual theatre performance by Ann Mirjam Vaikla and Lærke Grøntved. The project researches and focuses on “uncanny” spaces and situations.

The term “uncanny” was first mentioned by Sigmund Freud in his essay “Das Unheimliche” in 1919. The word “uncanny” refers to something that is strangely familiar, rather than simply mysterious; arousing superstitious fear or dread; uncomfortably strange”. “Uncanny You” works around this term in relation to our heated up political climax - it is a cross disciplinary performance using elements of concert, poetry, video, movement, visual and text based theatre. The text in the performance is partly written by the authors and partly re-constructed from found articles and recent news (New York Times, The Guardian). Parallel the project focuses on insect’s survival strategies and mimicry to mirror and communicate what is happening in the humans world (inspired by the essay “Mimicry and Legendary Psychasthenia” by Roger Caillois).

“Uncanny You” is an international theatre project. It is co-produced by Kanuti Gildi SAAL in Tallinn, Estonia where it will premiere on September 26th, 2017. Important supporters are residency center Arts Letters and Numbers in New York, USA and Teater Momentum in Odense, Denmark.

Ann Mirjam (EST) is a theatre and visual artist. She recently came back from New York where she did her year long internship at the Storefront for Art and Architecture gallery in Soho. For the last two summers she participated the Watermill Center International Summer program (Long Island, NY) led by a theatre director Robert Wilson. In 2015 she graduated her studies in scenography at the Norwegian Theatre Academy.

Lærke (DK) is a performer and composer. She is a part of the independent theatre group T.I.T.S and has been traveling with the performances “Forced Beauty” and “MINE”, and with Bianca Casady (Cocorosie) on her Europe tour 2015. Last year in Tallinn she performed her solo concert ”Before the Storm”. In 2015 she graduated her studies in acting at Norwegian Theatre Academy.

About Arts Letters and Numbers:
Arts Letters & Numbers is a place of creative urgency and intensity of purpose, a place to create new linkages, new thought processes, new pathways of understanding that embody our best hopes and aspirations. It is a place where many elements come together to co-construct questions and works, of empathy, of ethics, of imagination; it is a place to explore the nuanced fragilities in our shared stories.

This July Arts Letters & Numbers are organizing their 6th interdisciplinary summer workshop, this year entitled Contitiution. With Constitution, Arts Letters & Numbers proposes a dynamic crucible of free thought, a space where the widest spectrum of who we are can ask the questions of our time and create works that will bring us forward. A space where many elements can come together to create the alchemy of transforming how we experience today into how we will experience tomorrow. The questions of Constitution open a riddle, a space, an eddy, and contain perhaps, a way of finding north.

Authors and Directors: Ann Mirjam Vaikla and Lærke Grøntved
Performers: Lærke Grøntved and Per Magnus Barlaug
Scenographer: Ann Mirjam Vaikla
Costume Designer: Ditte Trudslev Jensen
Sound Designer: Kenn-Eerik Kannike
Light Designer: Revo Koplus
Videographer: Ingel Vaikla
Technical support: Henry Kasch
Co-Producer: Kanuti Gildi SAAL
Supported by: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Arts Letters & Numbers, Theatre Momentum
Premiere: 26.09.2017 at Kanuti Gildi SAAL



INSTAGRAM: @uncannyyou

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