There is a duality inhabiting theatres across Europe: the division between the audience and the makers of art. For art to appear, the artist has to enter the stage and do something. This doing attracts attention; thus an audience body is born. But how is this body formed and conditioned?
Audience Body is a performance without performers, like a book misplaced into the space and time of theatre. There is a codex. A scroll. A love letter. Place. Time. Immersion. Destruction. Order. Mess. Practice. Theory.
The work is an examined artistic part of Tuomas Laitinen‘s artistic doctorate at the Performing Arts Research Center Tutke, Uniarts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy. It has been developed in a long series of public experiments since 2018. The performance is available both in English and in Finnish.
Tuomas Laitinen works as a director, performance artist, writer and curator. His artistic practice has revolved around experimenting with the audience position and questioning the nature of spectatorship. His works have taken the forms of retreats, family gathering, rituals of encounter, 7-day mystery plays, pole dances in living rooms, and practices of immortality.
Zodiak Stage, Kaapeliaukio 3, 00580 Helsinki
10.11.2022 16.0010.11.2022 19.00
12.11.2022 14.0012.11.2022 17.00
13.11.2022 14.0013.11.2022 17.00
Soup Talk 11.11. at 12
30 € / 15 €
Duration: 120 min
Script and direction: Tuomas Laitinen
In collaboration with: Lighting designer Nanni Vapaavuori, Graphic designer Visa Knuuttila, Sound designer Carolina Jinde, Spatial designer Alexander Furunes Eriksson
Production: Reality Research Center
Production in collaboration with: Moving in November, with the support of Zodiak – Center for New Dance
Supported by: Jenny and Antti Wihuri foundation, Kone Foundation’s Saari Residence, Performing Arts Research Center Tutke, TTOR, Uniarts Helsinki, Arts Promotion Center Finland, Helsinki City, Brother
Photo: Tuomas Laitinen