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Kanuti Gildi SAAL starts its 17th season.

(2017-2018)

The 17th season of Kanuti Gildi SAAL follows the particular and mighty SAAL Biennaal festival curated by Annika Üprus. It is a pleasure to keep the course by giving the Estonian audience a chance to enjoy Forced Entertainment and Shakespeare and their phenomenal narrating. Hereby marking Tallinn on the touring map of this acknowledged British company.

We promise to continue our season accordingly. This time we have decided that we publish half a season at a time, in order to be able to work with the latest ideas of artists as well as taking into account that the funding of performing arts centres is currently based on half a year panning. Though soon enough we can reveal also the spring plans.

Upcoming half a year is focused on premieres by Estonian artists who have obtained their professional education outside of Estonia. Hence our audiences might have less experience of their work, but now they will have a chance.

First premiere of this season is a work by a scenographer Ann Mirjam Vaikla and her long term collaborator Lærke Grøntved, a schoolmate from Theatre Academy of Norway. While preparing “Uncanny You” they have been gathering inspirations and followed the moods in America and Denmark. The protagonist of the piece is The Mother of All Bombs, hence it is obvious that the piece is dealing with socially and politically edgy topics fed by fear. One can get a taste of how young artists sense our politically unstable world.

In the end of October Maria Metsalu will have her first Estonian premiere. Maria has graduated SNDO and some of her works have already been accessible in Estonia in theatre or via internet. “Mademoiselle X” lingers somewhere in between alive and dead and it can stay haunting you.

In October there will also be the Improtest series contests and the architecture lectures of Estonian Art Academy, as well as the last piece of Karolin Poska that premiered in summer at NoTaFe in Viljandi, will make it’s way back to home venue – it can be seen at Püha Vaimu SAAL.

The Cellar Hall of Kanuti Gildi SAAL has recently obtained the status of a popular exhibition space as in this September-October there will be the exhibitions of Photomonth and Tallinn Architecturebiennaale.

The artists in residency at Kanuti Gildi SAAL are reactivating as well – in this fall starting by Üüve-Lydia Toompere, Piret Jaaks and Siim Tõniste diving into their research. In advance about the activities later this season – there will be another chance to see Iggy Lond Malmborg’s “Physics and Phantasma” that is currently extensively touring in Europe. We will also celebrate Finnish anniversary with presenting WAUHAUS with the two last works of their trilogy.

For the start of this season we have an experiment that concerns mainly the friends of Kanuti Gildi SAAL. Namely there is a chance to re-experience pieces that they have already seen in case one feels an urge to. On condition that a person can assure us somehow at the door that one has already seen the piece. How to is up to you and then just go and enjoy it.
Wishing all the best for the season and see you at the venue!
Priit Raud

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News

Contemporary performing arts centre Kanuti Gildi SAAL and friends are going to Düsseldorf and Nanterre within the framework of Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and a hundred years of the Republic of Estonia to celebrate its birthday.

On 24th-25th of November Kanuti Gildi SAAL from Tallinn celebrates the first Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and a hundred years of the Republic of Estonia at the professional free theatre Forum Freies Theater and at local alternative film centre Filmwerkstatt in Düsseldorf. Moreover, similar event, but with different content also takes place in Nanterre, France. Düsseldorf’s event is titled Sünnipäevapidu and the one at France Week End Estonien.

Sünnipäevapidu and Week End Estonien are events that in addition to its celebratory purpose create an opportunity for local agile ones to enjoy Estonian unique art. The programme for both events is combined with the collaboration partner taken the local context into consideration. One weekend in Düsseldorf and in Nanterre are melting pot of theatre, film and visual-musical performances, which on one hand affirms our 100 year old country belonging to the European cultural sphere, but also gives an opportunity to show our one-of-a-kind artworks.

The programme in Düsseldorf begins on friday at the local Filmwerkstatt, where Daniel Vaarik will talk about e-residency and also have a discussion with Patrick Schiffer (federal chairman of Pirate Party) about the possibilities of democracy during the Internet era. The evening continues with the Theatre NO99 documentary about creating a fake political party as a theatre grand event “Ash and Money” and ends with the electronical music duo Cubus Larvik together with VJ Emer Värk. On saturday at Forum Freies Theater Karl Saks will show his solo piece “State and design”, that was awarded by the Estonian Theatre Union as the best dance performance “Maike Lond Malmborg will perform with her lecture-performance “10 journeys to a place where nothing happens*” that has toured around the world and last but not least Kädi Metsoja’s energetic circus and dance performance “Moiste”.

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The contact from Kanuti Gildi SAAL: Maarja Kalmre
maarja@saal.ee
+372 55647931
www.saal.ee

additional links:

www.ev100.ee/et/sunnipaevapidu
fft-duesseldorf.de/stueck/100-jahre-estland/
www.filmwerkstatt-duesseldorf.de/

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

TEASER: https://vimeo.com/221570775

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/uncannyyou/

INSTAGRAM: @uncannyyou

Press release 26.06.2017
Performing arts festival SAAL Biennaal is coming.

SAAL Biennaal is a two-week-long international performing arts festival that takes place 15. - 27. August in Tallinn. SAAL Biennaal is also the predecessor of Tallinn’s oldest contemporary dance festival August DanceFestival.

SAAL Biennaal is a possibility not only to see and experience, but also to co-create space and time via 12 and more meetings with artists and their works without a precedent guarantee goal. A chance to notice details that we otherwise would not notice or tend to ignore. Try out something we would not do otherwise. To look beyond the obvious, whether this creates space for something new to appear?

SAAL Biennaal will be present in Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Von Krahl Theatre and Vaba Lava, but also behind Linnahall, in Tallinn University Academy Library, in the basement at MIMStuudio, in the lecture rooms of Estonian Art Academy and in the hall of OMAtsirkus. There are performances that happen at usual time and venues, but also events that take place in the backrooms of a trendy soap shop that has suddenly appeared in Old Town (Julian Hetzel “Schuldfabrik”) or that take real form via the activities executed by the spectator itself at a table in the reading room of a library (Ant Hampton, Tim Etchells “The Quiet Volume”) or events where the stage is filled with physical and virtual trash (Sarah Vanhee “OBLIVION”) or where the performative event itself is hidden into graves (Tania El Khoury “Gardens Speak”) or that last through the whole night from dusk till dawn (Mårten Spångberg “Natten”).

SAAL Biennaal 2017 festival hosts artists that are both well-known and not so known to our audiences: Julian Hetzel (Utrecht), MOTUS (Rimini), Nele Suisalu ja Maarja Tõnisson (Tallinn), Sarah Vanhee (Brussels), Rima Najdi (Berlin), Kadri Noormets ja Asia Baś ja Gabriel da Luz (Tallinn-Cape Town-Belo Horizonte), Tania El Khoury (Beirut), Ant Hampton ja Tim Etchells (Heidelberg-London), Galerie (international), Karl Saks (Tallinn), Iggy Lond Malmborg (Malmö-Tallinn), Mårten Spångberg (Stockholm-Brussels).

In addition to experiencing the works of these artists it is also time to discuss on the topics theatre / wakefulness within the event series of shared thoughts organized in collaboration with Estonian Theatre Agency - if and how are we ready for this reality that is already normalized around us? It is also time to flick through POST-DANCE book, a publication that holds a possibility to imagine the unimaginable or to have in your hands some brand new publications!

SAAL Biennial as a mosaic reflection of ourselves - how to understand that if there are no instructions? What is it, that you take along from a performance, where by following instructions you become from a passive onlooker an active participant? What kind of experience you gain from the performance, where your rational mind retreats before other senses? Could we be more than the borders of our body ordain, how do we manage with the borders?

“I have always thought, that if one does not try, one does not know. This is valid when it comes to me as the curator of current edition of SAAL Biennaal, but I believe that it applies to the artists engaged at the festival as well as hope it concerns every possible audience memeber.” Annika Üprus, SAAL Biennaal 2017 curator.

SAAL Biennaal 2017 supporters and partners:
Cultural Ministry of Estonia, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Gambling Tax Council of Estonia, Tallinn Department of Culture, Baltoscandal Festival / NXSTP - supported by EU Culture programme, URBAN HEAT - supported by EU Culture programme, Flemish Authorities, Valmiermuiža, Swedish Art Council / The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Von Krahl Theatre, Tallinn University Academic Library, Tallinn Linnahall, MIMStuudio, Estonian Theatre Agency, OMAtsirkus, Vaba Lava, Estonian Art Academy Faculty of Architecture, Saku Läte, Hotel Bern, Hotel St. Barbara, Go Hotel Shnelli, Piletilevi, Trumm and others.

SAAL Biennaal 2017 will take place 15. - 27. August in Tallinn.
Festival curator: Annika Üprus
Additional information and full programme: www.saal.ee Tickets for performances in advance at Piletilevi: www.piletilevi.ee

NU Performance Festival 2016 will start in Tallinn!

Tomorrow, 29th of October new edition of NU Performance Festival will start in Tallinn. NU Performance Festival 2016: CORPORATE OCCULT_lets talk about the body baby will take place October 29 – November 5 at Kanuti Gildi SAAL and Punane Maja.

Curator: Maria Arusoo Artists: Peaches, Dana Michel, Samira Elagoz, Maria Metsalu, Black Cracker, Maria Minerva, Kolbeinn Hugi, Vanessa Place, Kris Lemsalu, Helena Keskküla, Emer Värk & Renzo van Steenbergen, Huoraton /Last Gang Records, Ivo Dimchev. Screening program: Shana Moulton, Hannah Black, George Jacotey.

NU Performance Festival 2016 brings together international and experimental performers and audiences for a full week of performances, screenings, lectures, parties and installations.

The interests of this festival lie in the body, focusing on gender, sexuality and bodies as both a political tools and catalysts. Performances will handle themes including love, loss, violence, intimacy, as well as issues relating to gender performativity and the mapping of cultural norms onto the body. Some performers will become archeologists of their own personas in public, working with the tensions that could arise in a space of intimate witness.

Maria Arusoo: “I am truly excited that NU Perfromance Festival 2016 will bring togehter amazing group of artists to create the hub for discussion and inspiration, in which ideas can be approached openly and with guts. The aim of NU Performance Festival is to create an intense, occasionally absurd, fun, critical and experimental platform, where important political issues and incredibly personal subjects can be touched upon together.” The body is coming back, baby.

Festival program: www.saal.ee/nuperformancefestival

Producer: Uue Performantsi Selts Co-producer: Kanuti Gildi SAAL Visual identity: Kris Lemsalu “Aldonza Lorenzo” (2013) Festival’s initiators: Anders Härm, Priit Raud

Supporters and partners: Cultural Endowment of Estonia; Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia; Icelandic Art Center; Moving in November (Helsinki); Frame Finland; Nordic Culture Point; Nordic Hotel Forum; Punane Maja; MÜRK Records; Trumm; Saaldisain; Tallinn Historical Hotels; Raadio2; JCDecaux; BassTunes etc. Special thanks: Sten Ojavee, Antonio Trecel Diaz, Cyndy Villano, Rebeka Põldsam, Kaarin Kivirähk, Vesa Humalisto, Merike Estna, Jenni Nurmenniemi, Jennifer Boyd, Mihkel Maripuu, Raul Saaremets and all the others who have helped throughout the process.

Tickets on presale at Piletilevi: http://www.piletilevi.ee/est/search:nu%20performance%20festival/

Kanuti Gildi SAAL is looking for artist-in-residency at Püha Vaimu SAAL for our fall season 2016. We have two one month residency vacancies, which are funded by Estonian Cultural Endowment and its very nature is to offer artist a chance to rather experiment than to work on a completed body of work. The last deadline to apply is May 1 and until then, we are waiting your idea descriptions, preferred periood for residency and CVs to saal@saal.ee

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