KANUTI GILDI SAAL
Kanuti Gildi SAAL is a performing arts centre that opened in 2001. SAAL was the first performing arts institution in Baltic states without a permanent company and thus dedicated to freelance artists.
Kanuti Gildi SAAL was created for artists with a keen interest in the world around us. SAAL is promoting authentic and original artistic work. We are constantly working at offering the artists the possibilities to create their own original work - to put their ideas into practice, to develop them, to research, to experiment, and to take risks. We are not afraid of the unknown, of the non-existing formats or the ideas-in-development.
CO-PRODUCTION AND RESIDENCIES
One of the main activities of Kanuti Gildi SAAL is to co-produce work in collaboration with partners and artists. Every season sees up to 15 premieres. In addition, we are facilitating residencies with various objectives in order to give artists the space and time for developing their ideas.
Kanuti Gildi SAAL is sharing the mental space with artists and other like-minded centres across the world. We are part of the international circulation - considering not only the local scale but a wider scope of our activity while putting together creative teams or a program. Touring abroad is a crucial part of our co-production work and we are the most widely touring performing arts institution in Estonia. For example, 91 guest performances were given by our collaborating artists in 15 different countries in 2019, that is two performances in a week on average.
Kanuti Gildi SAAL is organising the longest standing international performing arts festival in Tallinn - SAAL Biennaal (2001-2014 Augusti TantsuFestival). We are the co-organisers of the biennial festival NU Performance Festival (since 2005). The international festivals are an opportunity for the Estonian audience to see pieces from abroad. In addition, we hold an annual local festival for short works Made in Estonia Maraton (since 2006).
We are striving to reflect the current state of art and society in general, as we organise, in addition to performances, different events with the aim of activating the audience. We stay in close dialogue with the community by constantly reframing our place in the performing arts field. SAAL has become a meeting place and a hub for curious-minded people. We like the fact that after a while it becomes challenging to maintain one’s anonymity or remain a stranger when coming to Kanuti Gildi SAAL.
Kanuti Gildi SAAL is located in the heart of Tallinn’s old town, offering sharp-minded art inside the medieval town walls. The very first known professional theatre show in Estonia took place in the same building - originally the Saint Canute Guild House - as early as in 1633. We operate in a house with hundreds of years of history, meanwhile staying acutely connected to the present times and standing always one foot in the future.